Update: They Were forced to Return to Class. Now 60 Huntington Beach High School Teachers Are On Leave.

The Huntington Beach Union High School District recently resumed in-person learning and ordered all teachers back to the classroom with no virtual teaching options available. As CalSchoolNews reported, this prompted a strike by students who are concerned over their teachers’ safety. Now, it has led teachers to stage a sort of walkout of their own.

The Orange County Register reports that at least 60 teachers — around 10% of the district’s educators — are taking a leave of absence rather than returning to work. They’re either using paid sick leave, paid disability, or unpaid leave to stay out of the classroom.

The number of students returning to class is also underwhelming. Just 40% of students in the district are back in class.