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Humboldt Unified teachers remain off the job Tuesday

Humboldt Unified School District teachers gather along Highway 69 in Prescott Valley as teachers across Arizona stage a walkout, forcing school closures, seeking more pay and restored funding for education Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Humboldt Unified School District teachers gather along Highway 69 in Prescott Valley as teachers across Arizona stage a walkout, forcing school closures, seeking more pay and restored funding for education Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Schools closed for a fourth day today in the Humboldt Unified School District, impacting students and parents, and possibly resulting in an extension of the school year.

As of Monday afternoon, Superintendent Dan Streeter said the district is reviewing state requirements for instructional minutes to determine what may be necessary to meet the state statutes.

“Today, we can do so within our current calendar,” Streeter said late Monday afternoon. “Any extended closures will impact where we are with this.”

The high reported number of planned absences was a deciding factor in closing district schools on Tuesday, May 1. Streeter said working parents have asked the district to let them know as early as possible so they can make arrangements.

“We’ve tried to do that. We waited this week to have the right information go out. We continue to do that to help our parents out,” he said.

While communications with teachers has been good, Streeter had no comment when asked why teachers planned the fourth day to walk out of classes.

Closing schools has had an impact on activities. Some field trips have been rescheduled, others events have been canceled. Most planned special events have not been impacted, he said.

At Humboldt Elementary School, Pioneer Day scheduled for May 4 was canceled. Woody Wampler, one of the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society organizers of the event, teaches gold panning to the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. It is what it is, he said, with disappointment.

“It’s such a shame for the kids. It’s not hurting the teachers. The kids are the ones losing out on it,” Wampler said about the day of special programs that teach local history.

Streeter said the district will eliminate planned early dismissal days for the rest of the school year. Students return to class Wednesday for a full day schedule.

Having a state budget approved as soon as possible would help teachers and districts, he added.

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at stone@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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