MEDFORD, Ore. — While parents had voiced concerns over the effect on special education programs, the teacher strike will not be closing special education classrooms.
Medford district officials say they have a combination of staff, specialists, substitutes, and non-striking teachers who will be working inside special education classrooms throughout the duration of the strike. They say the special needs staff who normally works with the students will make sure specific accommodations are met.
Since some of the schools are shutting down during the strike, some special needs classrooms may be relocated. Some parents are still concerned with the inconsistency that comes from changes like this.
In the video above, Emilie Wylde talks with NewsWatch12 about the impact on special needs students. Emilie has worked with special needs students and families on the local and state level and she is the mother of a child with special needs.