Tucson's largest school district welcomes returning students

Tucson's largest school district welcomes returning students

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Students with Tucson's largest school district head back to school Monday morning, May 7, for the first time since the statewide teacher walkout began on April 26.

The Tucson Unified School District is the last district in southern Arizona to get back to class. Other districts such as Sunnyside and Marana unified school districts reopened on Friday, May 4.

Teachers at Tucson Magnet High School planned to participate in a walk-in to start the school day. They said it was their way of continuing the #RedForEd movement.

Meanwhile, TUSD administration has been busy answering questions from parents about the residual effects of the walkout.

RELATED: Click to see the TUSD FAQ page: http://www.tusd1.org/Home/ctl/view/itemid/184028

District officials said they will not have to extend the school year and will instead add contract time to school schedules.

Graduation, middle-school promotions and proms will go on a planned. However, parents are asked to check with their child's school about things like performances and field trips.

Also, the district wants parents to know closures will not affect students' attendance records as missed days won't be counted as absences.

Some parents said they are ready to finish off the year strong.

"It (the walkout) was pretty long and by now everybody's ready to get back and ready to see their friends. And they're excited to see their teachers," said Wieke De Boer, who has children at Sam Hughes Elementary.

If you have any more questions, you are asked to contact your child's school or email the district at answers@tusd1.org.

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