Southern Oregon schools prepare for May 8 teacher walkouts

School district across Southern Oregon are taking a number of different approaches in response to planned teacher demonstrations on the May 8 'Day of Action.'

Posted: May 7, 2019 3:35 PM
Updated: May 8, 2019 3:56 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — With planned teacher demonstrations looming on Wednesday, May 8 — a school day — school districts across Southern Oregon have announced a variety of responses based both on the expected levels of involvement in their area, and on the outcome of negotiations between educators and administrators.

Last week, teachers and staff at in the Medford School District reached a compromise in an area that could have considerable participation, opting to shift school hours slightly. Some districts have made similar arrangements, while others don't anticipate significant walk-outs.

No changes of schedule at this time / no major walk-outs anticipated in the following districts:

  • Phoenix-Talent School District
  • Pinehurst School District
  • Prospect Charter School
  • Rogue River School District
  • Three Rivers School District
  • Central Curry School District
  • Brookings-Harbor School District

No official statement from the following districts:

  • Butte Falls School District
  • Central Point School District

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) has spearheaded the effort for these walkouts and rallies, saying that the state needs to invest more funding in schools in order to better serve children. The push is modeled after major teacher strikes and demonstrations in a number of other states over the past several years, loosely associated under the "Red for Ed" banner.

"It's time — past time — to increase school funding and INVEST IN STUDENTS," OEA wrote in a post promoting the events. "We're coming together to stand up for students and call on lawmakers to finally fund our schools."

Below you'll find the plans announced so far by individual school districts and the teachers who work there:


Medford School District

  • Middle school classes - 8:35 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.
  • High school classes - 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Participants will gather at 2:30 p.m. on the Central Medford High School lawn, followed by a march to Alba Park at 2:50 p.m. Rally in Alba Park, then a march downtown at 4:30 p.m.

Ashland School District

  • Early release, with time varying somewhat by school.
  • Participants will march from Ashland High, Helman and Walker around 12:30 p.m. and head downtown. Rally takes place on Siskiyou Boulevard at 1 p.m.

Eagle Point Schools

  • No official walkout planned, teachers will walk from Eagle Point High around 3:45 p.m. and gather at another location.

Grants Pass School District

  • School schedule will be as normal, with students involved in a variety of community activities.
  • Rally begins at 4 p.m. at the Josephine County Courthouse.

Klamath Falls City Schools

  • No school on Wednesday, May 8. Will resume as normal on Thursday.
  • The Oregon Education Association has indicated that there will be a rally beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Teachers gather from 4-6 p.m. at the Klamath County Fairgrounds.

Klamath County School District

  • All KCSD schools will be open on Wednesday
  • The Oregon Education Association has indicated that there will be a rally beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Teachers gather from 4-6 p.m. at the Klamath County Fairgrounds.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 3967

Reported Deaths: 148
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Multnomah105258
Marion91425
Washington69817
Clackamas29610
Deschutes1200
Linn1159
Umatilla1123
Polk9610
Lane672
Yamhill667
Jackson600
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath410
Coos310
Malheur280
Josephine251
Douglas250
Jefferson240
Wasco181
Columbia160
Hood River120
Morrow120
Lincoln90
Tillamook60
Crook60
Curry60
Union60
Wallowa20
Sherman10
Grant10
Harney10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 99387

Reported Deaths: 3819
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles478452145
Riverside7139303
San Diego6797249
Orange5578131
San Bernardino4567176
Alameda298693
Santa Clara2675139
San Francisco239940
San Mateo190482
Kern187629
Tulare177179
Santa Barbara155112
Fresno148222
Contra Costa135337
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Ventura91230
San Joaquin77133
Kings6882
Stanislaus65928
Sonoma5154
Solano45520
Monterey4298
Marin41714
Merced2687
San Luis Obispo2631
Santa Cruz2002
Yolo19822
Placer1889
Napa1093
Humboldt942
Madera852
El Dorado780
San Benito762
Sutter422
Nevada411
Butte400
Del Norte400
Shasta364
Mono341
Yuba281
Mendocino220
Inyo191
Mariposa161
Lake140
Calaveras140
Glenn120
Amador100
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