Tacoma teachers, students return to class Friday

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 23 at 7:52 AM

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TACOMA, Wash. -- School bells are ringing across Tacoma after a teacher's strike that had kids out of class for eight days.

Many parents and teachers are glad the strike is now over.

As teachers began to arrive Friday at Lincoln High School, one English teacher said it will be hard to pick up where they left off. That's why he got an early start to get a new lesson plan in place.

"I'm excited to be back," said Aaron Nyland, English teacher. "I'm a little concerned about what the kids think, if their parents cast us in a negative light."

"I'm very pleased to be back and welcome my staff," said Bennie Collier, office coordinator. "I'm excited to put this all behind us and get back to educating our kids fo rhte 2011-12 school year."

Students will have to make up for lost time because of the strike. The district and the union agreed to add full nine days to the calendar and remove a scheduled half-day this fall.

Students now have school on December 19 and 20, shortening Christmas break by two days. Added days also include two snow makeup days, February 17 and May 25. The additional five makeup days will be tacked on at the end of the school year.

The half day of school that's now a full day off is November 23. That means they'll have a 5-day Thanksgiving weekend this year.

The strike was tough for a lot of parents, who had to either pay for daycare or find other places for their kids to go during the strike.
 

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