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Humboldt district to close 10 schools Thursday and Friday due to teacher walkout

Over 100 teachers, parents, support staff, students and supporters march at Bradshaw Mountain High School on April 11, 2018. Humboldt Unified School District will close 10 schools Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, due to the statewide teacher walkout. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, File)

Over 100 teachers, parents, support staff, students and supporters march at Bradshaw Mountain High School on April 11, 2018. Humboldt Unified School District will close 10 schools Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, due to the statewide teacher walkout. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, File)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated from previous version.

Humboldt Unified School District will close its 10 schools on Thursday and Friday due to the scheduled statewide teacher walkout, but the prom and some varsity sports events are expected to go forward as planned as long as there will be adequate supervision.

Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon will be served both days at four of the local elementary schools – Coyote Springs, Mountain View, Lake Valley and Humboldt.

Superintendent Dan Streeter announced the plan that was released to families at a special session of the Governing Board on Tuesday night.

Streeter explained to the board and members of the public in the audience — some were teachers and administrators wearing red - that the decision to close was reached after a determination that there would be inadequate teaching staff to conduct classes. He said 89 percent of the certified staff said were scheduled to be absent on Thursday with 50 percent reporting absences on Friday. Twelve month employees will report to work, and classified staff that wish to report can do so.

He assured that the district will continue to monitor the strike to determine whether it will impact additional days next week.

Streeter said graduation will remain as scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, although additional school days may need to be added to the school calendar. He explained that schools are required to have a certain number of instructional minutes and he and his administrative staff will be monitoring how that will equate to additional days.

Governing Board President Rich Adler and Vice-President Suzie Roth both expressed appreciation to Streeter for his continued communication with staff and families

“You’ve done very well,” Roth said. “This is historic – thanks.”

In Humboldt, 76 percent of the teachers – 69 percent at the high school - voted to participate in the Arizona Educators United #RedForEd movement-inspired walkout to demand increased across-the-board funding for public education and higher salaries for teachers and support personnel.

The Humboldt district website and related social media have information related to the walkout. For additional information, parents can contact the district office at 928-759-4000.