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Thursday in San Francisco: Teachers organize 'sickout' protest at schools, cruise ship has COVID outbreak and more

Sri Ravipati

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Plexiglass dividers are set up on tables in a first grade classroom at Bryant Elementary School.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Sri Ravipati

Good afternoon San Francisco. Welcome back to another daily roundup of local stories for Jan. 6.

San Francisco teachers organize 'sick out' at schools to protest school district's handling of COVID

A group of San Francisco teachers has organized a “sickout” Thursday where they will skip school because they feel the district failed to adequately protect them during the pandemic, The Chronicle reports.

Nearly 500 people signed an online petition supporting the sickout, which was not organized by the teachers union. This is on top of the over 600 San Francisco teachers who actually called out sick yesterday due to symptoms or exposure to the COVID-19.

“By withholding our labor, by reclaiming our time and our health, we send the message that if SFUSD, the City, State, and Federal Government do not invest in seriously addressing this pandemic (and the ongoing issues which make dealing with the pandemic so challenging for public schools), we can shut the whole system down,” according to organizers of the petition.

Critics argue it could add to an already overwhelming absentee rate among district educators in the first days back from winter break this week. The district struggled to fill the more than 400 classrooms missing a qualified adult earlier this week, causing central office administrators and even the superintendent to step in.

Read the full story in The Chronicle.

Cruise ship with COVID positive patients docked in San Francisco

A cruise ship called the Ruby Princess docked in San Francisco early Thursday after a number of passengers tested positive for COVID-19, KPIX5 reports.

Princess Cruises sent an email stating it randomly tested 25% of the roughly 700 passengers aboard under a local health mandate. They found that 12 were positive with coronavirus. The infected passengers all had mild or no symptoms.

The 10-day cruise was billed as a “vaccinated cruise," according to a spokesperson.

Read more on KPIX5.

Oldest aquarium fish in the world resides in San Francisco

Here's a fun fact: the oldest aquarium fish in the world lives in San Francisco.

Methuselah the lungfish arrived at the Steinhart Aquarium in 1938. Lungfish are thought to be “living fossils” since these creatures can breathe on land and in water.

Read the full story in The Chronicle.

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