Laveen School District schools remain open during walkout

- While many schools in the Valley, as well as across the state, were closed as the walkout began on Thursday, the doors were open at schools in the Laveen School District.

The day looked very normal for students in the Laveen School District, with a half day on Thursday and Friday. Businesses came and went, and parents dropped their kids off on Thursday at schools. In addition, food services and kids club activities were all a go.

School district officials say while they support the #RedforED movement, they also wanted to make sure their community was taken care of.

 "I'm happy that the school is open today, but I also agree with what the teachers are asking for," said a parent. "I think it's well over amount of time. They deserved this a long time ago."

More than half of the 350 teachers in the district voted in favor of staying in the classroom, at least for half a day. Some of the teachers rallied before the school day started, and substitute teachers made up for those who chose to walk out.

"We love the Laveen community, and the community supports us, so us as teachers are here doing what we can to educate the community and continue our support for #RedforED," said Briza Gutierrez, a kindergarten teacher for Desert Meadows School.

Some parents say they are thankful that teachers decided to stay in the classroom, but others believe they should have walked out.

"Really hard to find someone to watch the kids, that's hard to find somebody to do at a split moment," said one parent. "What if they don't have school tomorrow, so I have to figure out what to do tomorrow."

"I would have preferred that we strike, go someplace and strike to prove a point," said another parent.

Should the walkout continue after the weekend, the district will have to take a look at things, but according to the superintendent, they should be able to provide the same amount of care.

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