Green country districts shift school calendar after nine days of teacher walkout

Posted at 4:46 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 17:46:48-04

BERRYHILL, Okla. -- Berryhill Public Schools tack on 15 extra minutes to days throughout the year to create a cushion for events like a walkout.

Now they'll be able to end on May 21st. In the meantime, at least four teachers will be at the capitol every day during the week.

"We supported them on the days they requested to be out, and still do. I think it was a good process for the teachers. I think a lot of them had their eyes opened to how the legislative process works, and I think that will be good in the future," superintendent Mike Campbell said.

Campbell said with testing underway this week, it was time to get back to class.

"That was a challenge. Just hoping that the kids will be prepared for them. Hopefully our scores don't suffer too much from that," he said.

Sand Springs also has an emergency plan, and they'll be adding 15 minutes to the remaining days to finish school as planned on May 25th.

"It's tough to keep a kindergartener's attention for six hours, let alone six hours and 15 minutes. But we'll do our best and I know our teachers were excited to see the kids again in school," assistant superintendent Rob Miller said.

Without the wiggle room of extra instruction time leading up to the walkout, Tulsa will add all nine days to the end of the year. Sand Springs said input by families is part of the reason they went back to school last Thursday.

"I think it's important to our parents and our community because we do have an annual calendar that's usually published 12 months ahead of time. So we'd heard from parents that they'd planned vacations," Miller said.

Broken Arrow Public Schools are adding 45 minutes to remaining days to end on May 25th. Union is adding 25 minutes to end on June 1st. The Jenks school board will meet to make their decision on Wednesday.


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