A middle school in Warren was closed Friday due to "a large number of adult illnesses," according to the Bristol Warren Regional School District.
A teacher at Kickemuit Middle School told NBC 10 News that she and other educators at the school have been concerned about student and staff safety.
She said while they tried to work with the administration during the past year-and-a-half to address and resolve several concerns, nothing has changed.
"These attempts by the Bristol Warren Education Association to work with the BWRSD have not resulted in satisfactory actions by the administration to ensure provisions of a well-organized and disciplined school, despite our willingness to be part of a proactive plan to address the escalating behaviors of students at KMS," the teacher said. "As a result, the BWEA members at KMS have been enduring undue stress and anxiety over their daily frustrations of trying to provide a positive learning experience to all students despite the constant disruptions of a growing number of students."
No specific examples of risks to teacher safety were made clear.
A few parents called NBC 10 late Thursday night, noting that said they received an automated message at 10:15 p.m. that the school will be closed Friday “due to high illnesses in the adults.”
Parents said no other details were given and that they had parent-teacher conferences after school and nothing was mentioned.
"While teachers are convalescing, they are hoping that a viable and guaranteed plan will be put in place that will provide the well-organized and disciplined school that all children and adults can thrive in," according to the teacher.