SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of San Francisco teachers played hooky Tuesday, extending their Thanksgiving holiday and forcing school officials to scramble to find substitutes qualified to take their places.

Across the San Francisco Unified School District, 432 teachers were absent, according to district data, or about 12 percent of the 3,700 teachers.

Most used sick or personal days, though a few were off for training or bereavement.

In addition, nearly 10 percent of teachers also took Monday off.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( that district officials were forced to call in every available substitute teacher, plus use 100 central office staff members with teaching credentials.

Under their labor contract, San Francisco teachers may take 10 days of leave each year — and they don't have to ask for permission.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,