News

What schools will be closed on Thursday and beyond during the #redfored teachers strike in Arizona?

Every school district is reacting differently to the #redfored teachers strike that is expected to occur this Thursday. It is an unprecedented event that is happening for the first time ever in Arizona to draw attention to educators low-wages and lack of new school supplies for staff to use, as well as compensation for teacher support staff. Altogether, 32 school districts or more are planning to close for at least the day, or have early release. Here is the most updated info we have, as reported by ABC15.

Agua Fria Union High School District – AFUHSD plans to remain open on April 26 and 27 on a modified early release schedule.

Aguila Elementary School District – AESD states that they will have contingency plans in place if the walkout occurs.

Alhambra Elementary School District – CLOSURE – AESD announced Friday that all schools will be closed Thursday, April 26, because of a high number of staff that will be participating in the walkout. The district says parents will need to find alternative daycare plans for the day. AESD expects staffing to return to normal on Friday, April 27. Any other updates, including additional closures, would be announced through the school messaging system and on social media.

Avondale Elementary School District – AESD is assessing staffing, as well as volunteer staff and student attendance, to determine whether the school district needs to close.

Balsz School District – CLOSURE – Balsz School District has announced that schools will close on April 26 if the teacher walkout occurs. The district states that any missed days will be made up at the end of the school year.

Buckeye Elementary School District – BESD is assessing staffing, as well as volunteer staff and student attendance, to determine whether the school district needs to close. They will update families accordingly as the further determine what is necessary.

Buckeye Union High School District – BUHSD is assessing staffing, as well as volunteer staff and student attendance, to determine whether the school district needs to close. They will update families accordingly as the further determine what is necessary.

Cartwright Elementary School District – CLOSURE – CESD will close its schools on April 26, 27, and 30. The district will continue to contact families with updates.

Cave Creek Unified School District – CLOSURE – CCUSD announced that schools in the district will close on April 26 and 27. The district expects classes to resume on Monday.

Chandler Unified School District – CLOSURE – CUSD announced Friday that all schools will be closed Thursday, April 26, because of a high number of staff that will be participating in the walkout. The district says they won’t have the staffing and security available to keep normal school operations in place. However, students who need it will still have breakfast and lunch provided to them. Some child care services will still be available.

Chino Valley Unified School District – There will be a 3-hour early release at all schools on Thursday, April 26.

Creighton School District – Creighton School District says they are making every effort to keep schools open on Thursday, April 26. If there are too few staff members to ensure student safety, schools will need to be closed. Parents can expect an update on Wednesday.

Deer Valley Unified School District – CLOSURE – DVUSD says all of their schools will be closed starting Thursday, April 26 until they can assure that 75 percent of certified teachers will return to work.

Dysart Unified School District – CLOSURE – Due to the planned walkout, DUSD schools will be closed beginning Thursday, April 26, 2018 and continuing until the walkout is over. DUSD says their school calendar already has Friday, April 27 and Monday, April 30 as planned days off.

Fowler Elementary School District – On April 20, Fowler Elementary School District said they will do “everything possible to keep our schools open”. They’re asking anyone with nowhere to take their children on Thursday to tell their classroom or homeroom teacher so the district will have an idea of how many students may be attending class. In the event there is not adequate supervision, children may need transported to other campuses for the day.

Gilbert Unified School District – CLOSURE – The Gilbert Unified School District plans to close its schools on April 26 and will remain closed until the walkout ends. The district warns that missed days of school may be added to end of the school year calendar, starting May 24.

Glendale Elementary School District – CLOSURE – The GESD will close its schools on Thursday and will remain closed through the duration of the walkout. No further information was immediately shared.

Glendale Union High School District – CLOSURE – GUHSD has announced that the schools in the district will be closed on April 26 and will remain closed until further notice. All closure days will be added to end of the school to make up for the missed days.

Higley Unified School District – CLOSURE – HUSD says they anticipate schools to be closed starting Thursday, April 26 until the walkout is over. The district will provide a day camp at the lowest possible cost to K-6 parents for those unable to find alternative child care. As of now, the district anticipates the day camp to cost $20 per day.

Isaac Elementary District – Isaac Elementary District says they will attempt to stay open, as long as student safety isn’t compromised. The district says as of now they will stay open, but will operate on a special early release schedule. Breakfast and lunch will be served, but all after school activities will be canceled. If there are too few many staff members, they may be forced to close, so parents should make sure their contact information is up to date with the school.

Kyrene Elementary School District – The Kyrene Elementary School Districts plans to close schools if the walkout occurs. They have not released any other information or plans.

Laveen School District – The Laveen School District says any school closures will depend on staffing next Thursday and beyond. As of now, no closures have been planned. The district says it is also possible that only some of their schools close and others stay open.

Liberty Elementary School District – CLOSURE – Liberty says they anticipate canceling school Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27. However, any field trips that require charted transportation that were previously planned will still take place as scheduled. All other pre-planned activities will be canceled.

Litchfield Elementary School District – CLOSURE – LESD plans to cancel classes on April 26 and 27, with the exclusion pre-planned field trips. All events from April 26 to 29 are also canceled.

Littleton Elementary School District #65 – CLOSURE – Littleton Elementary School District says all campuses will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Madison School District – CLOSURE – Madison School District says that the schools will close on April 26 and 27, including afterschool activities.

Mesa Public Schools – CLOSURE – Mesa Public School announced Friday they have decided that schools will close Thursday, April 26, and will remain closed until the walkout ends. The district says any missed days will be made up at the end of the school year.

Nadaburg Unified School District – School will be in regular session on Wednesday, April 25.

Osborn School District – CLOSURE – The Osborn School District has announced that schools will be closed April 26 and 27. OSD also released a frequently asked questions section for parents of students. You can read that ONLINE HERE.

Palo Verde School District #49 – Palo Verde School District says there will be no change in schedule despite walk-out set to take place on Thursday, April 26. Any changes to the schedule will be communicated via email, phone messages, website and Facebook.

Paradise Valley Unified School District – CLOSURE – PVUSD announced Friday that all schools will be closed Thursday April 26, because of a high number of staff that will be participating in the walkout. The district says they won’t have the staffing and security available to keep normal school operations in place. However, students who need it can still get breakfast and lunch at the school (details will be communicated by each individual school). If the school needs to be closed for additional days, parents will be notified by robo calls, emails and on the schools social media pages.

Pendergast Elementary School District – CLOSURE – PESD announced Sunday that this Wednesday, students will be in school all day with no half days for the rest of the school year until further notice. All Pendergast schools will be closed on April 26 – April 30, and possibly longer depending on the duration of the walkout. Pendergast District will provide a bag breakfast and lunch to students if parents choose to stop by their child’s school and pick them up. Administrators ask that parents have an alternative plan for their children since school will be closed this Thursday through Monday.

Peoria Unified School District – CLOSURE – PUSD says that all 42 schools in their district will close on April 26 and April 27. At this time, PUSD does not know how long schools will be closed but will provide daily updates for our parents, staff and community.

Phoenix Elementary School District – CLOSURE – PESD says their schools will be closed April 26. Each day, beginning on April 26 at 5:00 PM, PESD will provide information regarding the status of schools for the next day.

Phoenix Union High School District – CLOSURE – PUHSD will close their schools on April 26 and 27. The district states that any missed days will be made up at the end of the school year. Graduation will be held as planned and families are urged to consider alternate plans for students between the dates of April 26 and 30.

Queen Creek Unified School District – CLOSURE – The Queen Creek Unified School District says all eight school sites will be closed on Thursday, April 26th “until the statewide walkout ends”. School will continue as scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25. Any school days missed may be added to the school calendar, beginning Friday, May 25, 2018.

Roosevelt School District – CLOSURE – Roosevelt School District No. 66 will be closed on April 26 and 27. Any school days missed due to closure may be added to the end of the school year.

Scottsdale Unified School District – CLOSURE – SUSD announced that schools within the district will close on April 26 and will remain closed for the duration of the walkout.

Tempe Elementary School District – On April 19, TESD said Tempe Elementary Schools WILL BE OPEN during the initial days of the walk-out and will stay open as long as they can continue to maintain adequate supervision. Buses will continue to transport students, cafeterias will serve food and classroom instruction will continue.

Tempe Union High School District – CLOSURE – A statement was released by TUHSD that the schools in the district will be closed April 26 and 27.

Washington Elementary School District – CLOSURE – WESD has announced that they will close schools in the district on April 26 and will remain closed “until further notice”. Extracurricular activities will be canceled and rescheduled as necessary. WESD will provide breakfast and lunch at all sites at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m., but transportation will not be provided. KidSpace child care program will be suspended.

Wilson Elementary School District – CLOSURE – Wilson Elementary Schools will be closed on Thursday, April 26. All services (including sunrise club, parks and recreation and after-school tutoring) will be closed. Wilson Elementary School cafeteria will be open to serve grab-and-go breakfast from 7:30-8:15 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Classes may resume on Friday, April 27 if staffing is available.

More information can be gathered by clicking on the school district’s name whenever a link is available. Otherwise, the most updated information is provided on the school’s website.

Tags
Show More

Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.



Close