By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Students in some area Catholic elementary schools are getting a day off this week as teachers meet to learn more about what lies ahead.

More than 80 Archdiocese elementary schools affected by the consolidation plan will each close for one day this week, county-by-county, starting Tuesday.

Archdiocese spokesman Ken Gavin said teachers will use the day off to attend private presentations on what they should do if their school is closed or consolidated.

“Some of it is going to be very practical from a human resources type of perspective. We’ll have folks there to talk to them about things like benefits. We’ll have other things in focus too; like how to deal with stress during a time of transition, anything about application for jobs that occurs at the local level with the newly formed school,” Gavin said.

The Archdiocese says as many as 250 elementary teachers could be left without jobs after the consolidation takes effect.

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