Hamilton Southeastern cancels classes for 'Red for Ed Action Day' Nov. 19

The Hamilton Southeastern Schools logo seen on a school board meeting notice. (WTHR Photo)

FISHERS, Ind. (WTHR) — Hamilton Southeastern Schools will not be in session next Tuesday as teachers attend a rally at the Indiana Statehouse.

HSE Superintendent Dr. Allen Bourff announced his decision in a letter to parents and staff Wednesday, citing the "large number of teacher absences expected" to attend the "Red for Ed Action Day" downtown on November 19.

Dozens of Indiana school districts, including Indianapolis Public Schools, have also canceled classes that day.

"This decision was not made lightly. We examined as many options as possible that would both support our teachers who want to exercise their rights to advocate for public education, while maintaining our commitment to educate your children," Bourff said in the letter.

Hamilton Southeastern students will return from Winter Break on Monday, January 6 to make up for the missed day.

In an email to Eyewitness News Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Indiana State Teachers Association said more than 12,000 teachers had already registered for the event and more than 100 school districts had canceled classes.