Women’s Day strike leads Alexandria schools to close

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Public schools in Alexandria were set to close Wednesday  after more than 300 teachers and staff filed for leave in observance of International Women’s Day.

The school system announced the decision Monday, and apologized to families that now must find child care options.

Activists have called for a general women’s strike on Wednesday, calling it “A Day Without Women.”

Alexandria City Public Schools said the decision to close is based on the district’s inability to provide sufficient staff to cover all classrooms.

The class day will not be made up and will be considered a teacher workday.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City school district in North Carolina announced last week that it is canceling classes for similar reasons.