Eagle Point School District reopens

The Eagle Point School District resumed classes today with substitute teachers in the classrooms as the district-wide strike continues.

As of 8 a.m. today, a group of middle and high school teachers picketed up and down the street in front of Eagle Point High School, holding signs as a steady stream of motorists drove past and dropped students off. Security guards are present, and charter bus loads of the substitute teachers had an escort of three police cars as they drove onto school grounds. No confrontations or threats have been reported so far today.

Negotiations between the district and union employees will resume Tuesday. Insurance for part-time employees and preparation time are among the unresolved issues between the two sides. Negotiations have been ongoing for the last 14 months, which resulted in the strike's start last week.

District officials have said graduation and sports activities will remain on schedule.

A modified schedule has been posted at the school district's website, http://www.eaglepnt.k12.or.us. Officials have said they will operate on a Monday through Thursday schedule with Friday closures.

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