TEACHER WALKOUTS: Where can children go if their school is close - Tucson News Now

TEACHER WALKOUTS: Where can children go if their school is closed?

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It's a question on many parents minds, where will the students go when teachers walk out next Thursday?

One organization may have the answer. The YMCA wants to do their part to help families out.

Among those parents figuring out what to do with her children is Zulema Valdez. She spent her evening on Friday with her kids at Jacobs Park.

Her children are a part of the Flowing Wells School District. Flowing Wells hasn't announced their plans for the teacher walkout next week.

"They deserve it. They take care of our kids and stay with them most of the time," said Valdez, who supports the teachers in this strike.

However, she is still left wondering what to do with her kids come Thursday.

Valdez gave Tucson News Now some insight on what she may do come Thursday. 

"Take the day off from work, maybe walk with them if we have to support them."

Some parents won't be able to take off of work, though. Across the state, moms and dads are scrambling to figure out what to do if their child's school is closed.

"Parents need to work and their children need to be cared for," said Duncan Moon, the Director of Communications for the YMCA of Southern Arizona.

The YMCA is one local organization stepping up to help parents figure out what to do with their kids.

"It's time to step up. Families need it. All next week we'll be letting them know we have that back up for them," said Moon.

The Mulcahy and Jacobs YMCA locations will be available all day for kids. Other locations are figuring out whether or not to stay open.

The address for the Mulcahy location is 5085 Nogales Highway in Tucson. The Jacobs YMCA is listed at 1010 West Lind Street, also in Tucson.

Parents would need to register their kids by 5 pm Wednesday, April 25, if they hope to utilize them for child care.

Valdez told us she would consider the program, if she can't take the day off. 

"It could be something I think about, may be bringing her over there," she explained. She knows her friends use it, as well.

Councilwoman Regina Romero has asked the Tucson City Manager to extend the hours of KidCo to help families out next week.

Tucson News Now has not been told whether or not that will happen, but we will be sure to let you know when we know.

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