Sunnyside students, teachers return to school

Sunnyside students, teachers return to school
(Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Students and teachers with the Sunnyside Unified School District returned to school Friday morning, May 4, following the end of the statewide teacher walkout that lasted six days.

The district originally told parents it would close down for the entire week. However, school leaders decided to reopen on Friday as news came of a budget deal early Thursday, May 3.

SUSD Superintendent Steve Holmes sent a letter to parents on Thursday to let them know about the effect the closures will have on the remainder of the school year.

He said after reviewing instructional minutes, there was no need to extend the school year. He added that graduations and other end-of-year activities will go on as planned.

Meanwhile, teachers said they are ready to get back to their classrooms. They said most students have been supportive of the #RedForEd movement.

"We talked about it before this all started and some of them understood the importance of it, and some of them are looking forward to see what their middle school is going to look like. Hopefully they're going to have better technology, better resources," Anna Duarte said.

"I think the students want to be in school, but they understand that it (the walkout) is so that they can get a better education," Joanne Palmer said.

To see a full list of walkout related closures/reopenings, click HERE.

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