Some parents not sending kids to school during make up days for walk out

Posted at 5:47 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 21:59:26-04

MANNFORD, Okla. -- The school year is winding down, but some districts are going longer than they originally planned.

Some districts had to add days on to the end of the school year because of the teacher walk out. Mannford Public Schools had to extend their year and will now get out on May 24. 

Dan'Yel Swafford gave her three kids the option to not go for the extra days. 

"We had told them they could get out on the 15th if they kept their grades up and if there were no obligations for them to fulfill," Swafford said. 

She said the material this week was not going to affect her kids' grades. 

"We enjoy our family time," Swafford said. "I do a lot of business trips over the summer, the kids have their individual camps, they spend time with grandma and grandpa, so this would have been our week for family time."

Another Mannford parent, Christie Douglas, said the school is in session and that is where kids should be. 

"I was quite surprised that it was even an option for people not to send their kids," Douglas said.

Her daughter is in the sixth grade. She is at school this week.

Douglas said unless there were plans made before the walkout, it should not be an option. 

"I feel like not sending your kids to school this week sends a message that their walkout didn't matter and the time the time they're spending with our children isn't valued," Douglas said. 

Swafford said for her family it is not personal against the teachers, She said they have always supported them and always will. 

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