According to one of Mesa’s math teachers Mr. Poveda, all teachers were given many year-long schedules to choose from. These calendars included holidays to take off, when to start, and when to end the year. Since the school year has to have a certain amount of school days. The calendar most agreed upon was where we were scheduled to have school on Monday. If we had no school on Monday, all staff and students would have attended the day after Halloween, which most remember, we had that day off.
The school wide attendance on Monday was drastic compared to any other school day this year. An approximated number of 900 students out of about 1,750 students at Mesa were absent. Overall about 76% of elementary and middle school students and 82% of high schools were at school. While about a quarter of the teachers were even absent. Poveda goes on to express that teachers had no excuse not to be at school.
That fact that this issue was observed in 2010 and could have been resolved, poses an even bigger problem.