Tigard-Tualatin schools to shut Wednesday during teacher walkout
The Tigard-Tualatin School District will be closed on Wednesday, May 8, because teachers will be participating in the statewide "Day of Action" in support of education funding. Many teachers statewide have said they will hold a planned walkout that day to draw attention for current funding levels for schools.
The district will follow the board approved 2018-2019 school calendar plan relative to closure/make-up days and May 8 will be the district's third closure day. That means all schools will have a full instructional day with students on Friday, June 14, according to district officials.
"I want to thank all our families for their patience while district administrators and I considered our options of how we honor our teachers' plans for advocacy on May 8th while avoiding the disruption in losing a day of instruction for our students," Tigard-Tualatin School District Superintenent Dr. Rieke-Smith said in a news release. "The decision making process has been informed by our school board's vision of "children first" and guided by our community that has generously supported our district."
More information regarding specific details relative to district operations and after school activities scheduled for Wednesday, as well as potential nutritional service sites, will be sent out on Monday, district officials said.
Previously, the Tigard Tualatin Education Association, the union that represents district teachers, had rallied outside Byrom Elementary School in a so-called "walk in" held April 24 in support of lawmakers passing an additional $2 billion for schools throughout the state.