Parker Unified School District says its schools will be open Thursday, even while a planned teacher walkout is expected to go ahead. There will be an early release.
“After careful consideration of the impact teacher walk-outs would have on our students and schools, Parker Unified School District has made the decision to remain open on Thursday, April 26,” reads a memo that will be sent home with students Tuesday. “The information we have at this time is that enough staff will be at our schools to safely supervise students.”
On Thursday, schools will be following the PUSD early release schedule, dismissing for the day at approximately 1:45 p.m.
“Our plan is to resume following our adopted school calendar on Friday, April 27. Just a reminder that Friday, April 27 is also an Early Release day.”
Speculation was high in the run-up to Thursday’s planned teacher walk-out, which is planned as a way to protest low education funding in the state of Arizona. Polls show there is strong support for Arizona Educators United’s #RedForEd movement, but it is balanced with districts’ needs to provide a minimum number of instructional days according to state law, and the needs of parents who rely on school schedules.
Every day until the walkout, Parker teachers are continuing to conduct “walk-ins” along with others statewide to show support for the movement.