MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford teacher strike is over, but students and teachers are still dealing with the aftermath. After 11 days of teachers on the picket lines, district officials now have to find a way to make up the lost time.
At South Medford High School, students are spending an extra 8 and a 1/2 minutes at school every day until the end of the year – that’s to make up for both strike and the snow days. They also have shortened passing periods.
The Medford School District Superintendent Dr. Phil Long says every high school in the state is required to have a minimum of 990 hours of instruction time during the calendar year.
4th through 8th graders have to be in class for 900 hours. 1st through 3rd graders for 810, and 405 hours for kindergarteners, because of the differences between grades, elementary and middle schoolers won’t have to make up the time.
High school seniors have a shorter time requirement for their last year, so they’re all clear. Superintendent Phil Long says North Medford shifted their schedules earlier in January for different reasons and are on track even with the strike time.
South Medford still needs 8 and 1/2 hours, and Central Medford High is about 15 to 20 hours short. The new schedule posted on the school’s website adds 2 minutes to each class period.