MEDFORD, Ore. — An exact number of teachers who have crossed the picket line has not been released, but the Medford Education Association says it’s around three and a half percent of its members. Several of those teachers are said to be in the Ruch School.
While schools in the Medford School District have seen lower attendance during the altered days this week, the Ruch School has not seen much of an impact, and actually had their attendance rise from day one to day two of the altered schedules.
Ruch is a small school in the Medford District, consisting of 21 staff members and 210 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Despite the ongoing strike, several teachers are said to still be teaching while fellow MEA members are out in the rain on the picket lines.
The Medford Education Association said about 3.47% out of about 600 MEA members have decided to continue to teach. A Ruch 6th grader said her teachers are still there, but the school is still running an altered schedule.
“It’s like you’re going to go in there, you’re going to go in there, you’re going to cram in all your studies and then you’re done and you’re going home. Her life, right now, is the one that’s being affected,” said parent Anna Shauffe.
On Friday, the Ruch School had 94% attendance and increased each day the school was open this week.