MEDFORD, Ore. — This time next week, Medford schools could be shut down temporarily during the looming strike. The school district is now making alternate plans, just in case there is a strike.
No new executive sessions have occurred with the Medford School Board since Wednesday, but the school district continues to prepare for a plan “B” if the teacher begin their strike next Thursday.
Right now, three hundred teachers are needed, and a call center will be established over the weekend for those interested in the openings. If a strike occurs, the school days will be divided into two 5-hour shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Substitutes could work either one shift or both. Superintendent Phil Long said they are looking for teachers who have the proper qualifications and are able to work either one or both shifts.
“We are looking for Oregon licensed teachers who meet all the qualifications to be teachers in Oregon. We’re looking for people who can help us in areas… we need math, English, science, social studies. It’s a special requirement, they need to be endorsed in those areas,” said Dr. Phil Long.
The district has reached out all across the state for substitutes, and even into Northern California, looking for candidates.
Click here to read a statement from local lawmakers regarding the possible strike.