Dysart School District officials "disappointed" teachers didn't return to class Thursday

- As the #RedforED teacher walkout ends, school districts across the Valley announced Thursday that they will reopen on Friday, but a message from one district to parents have rubbed some teachers the wrong way.

Meanwhile, school leaders with the Dysart School District say it's all just a misunderstanding.

The message, which was posted on the school's website and its verified Facebook page, began with:

"It is with great disappointment that the Dysart Unified School District must send this message canceling school for students on Thursday, May 3, 2018."

The message went on to read, in part:

"We had hoped our teachers would be at school to ensure our students were welcomed to a safe learning environment on our campuses on May 3rd and we could work to complete this school year and minimize the impact of the forced closures.  It is clear that will not happen."

In its Facebook post, district officials said 63% of its certified staff wasn't coming to school today, even though they'd been asked to report for work for the sake of students, family and staff.



FOX 10 Phoenix has requested an interview, but administrators won't go on camera or talk to reporters.

Some Dysart School District teachers at a #RedforED rally at the State Capital Thursday said they were offended by the post.

"Quite disappointing. I had signed my contract, and had I not signed my contract already, that would have told me I needed another district to work for," said teacher Cara Cosentino.

"I work at a phenomenal school. I love the kids that I work with. Our families are super supportive of all of the teachers who are out here. I just wish the district was the same," said teacher Casey Corriere.

Meanwhile, school district superintendent Dr. Gail Pletnick released a statement on Thursday.

"We value our teachers and staff. Throughout this period we have updated our community, and I have supported our teachers and community members efforts to inform our political leaders regarding the need to adequately fund out schools...Our focus is on helping our students and staff successfully complete the school year."

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