Bourbon Street School: Fresno teacher catches heat for teaching from New Orleans on Mardi Gras

Reports of a teacher instructing from New Orleans during Mardi Gras ratchets pressure on a resistant Fresno Unified to reopen classrooms.

A Fresno Unified teacher who reportedly told students in her virtual classroom that she was teaching them live from New Orleans during Mardi Gras may be facing disciplinary action from the district.

The teacher’s trip to the Big Easy surfaced during Power Talk radio host Trevor Carey’s broadcast on Feb. 16.


When asked about the report, district spokeswoman Amy Idsvoog said she could not discuss a personnel matter.

However, Idsvoog added that the district can take disciplinary action upon learning that remote staff are working outside the district.

According to the district guidance, she said, “Employees who are working remote can be called to work as needed. If asked to report to work, employees are expected to report in a timely manner.”

While some Fresno Unified teachers are doing remote instruction from inside classrooms at their schools during the pandemic, others have taught from another location such as their home.

Dozens of teachers have been working with small groups of the most at-risk students in person or piloting “simulcasting” classes, simultaneously teaching some students in the classroom with them and the rest of the class online.

The district recently surveyed teachers about their willingness to be in school on Mondays to give additional in-person support for students in need, and about 400 said they were ready to do so.

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