Medford middle school classes held at high schools if strike occurs; primary schools will combine

The Medford School District this morning released its plan of how it would combine schools during a teachers' strike, which could begin at 6 a.m. Thursday if a settlement is not reached by then. Letters were mailed to parents Tuesday afternoon.

Griffin Creek, Hoover, Kennedy, Lone Pine, Ruch and Washington elementary schools and all three high schools will meet in the morning at their respective locations. Some of these schools also will serve as host sites for other schools that will meet in the afternoon.

Students from Oak Grove Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary will meet in the morning at Howard Elementary and Jackson Elementary, respectively.

The morning schedule for elementary schools begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and assembly at 8 a.m. Classes, recess and lunch will be held between 8:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Central, North and South Medford high schools will have four periods between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Dismissal will be at 12:30 p.m., following lunch.

Students from Howard and Jackson elementary schools will stay at their own schools but meet in the afternoon.

Jacksonville Elementary students will be relocated to Griffin Creek Elementary, Jefferson Elementary students to Hoover Elementary, and Wilson Elementary students to Lone Pine Elementary for the afternoon session.

Assembly will begin at noon, with classes, lunch and recess held between 12:15 and 4:30 p.m.

Hedrick Middle School students will meet at North Medford High and McLoughlin Middle School students at South Medford High from 12:20 to 4:35 p.m.

District officials and members of the teachers' union resumed negotiations at 9 a.m. today with a state mediator. If the two sides are not able to come to agreement on some lingering issues within the labor contract, teachers will strike Thursday, starting at 6 a.m.

If a strike does occur, the district plans to use substitute teachers, hire security officers and cancel all extracurricular activities except high school sports. Schools would be closed Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6-7, and Monday, Feb. 11.

If there is no contract settlement by late this afternoon, classes will be canceled Thursday even if the contract is resolved later in the day, Superintendent Phil Long said Tuesday.

If parents have questions about their students' schedule, they may call one of the district's three hotlines: 541-842-1084, 541-842-1086 or 541-842-1085.

— Teresa Thomas

Correction: The story incorrectly stated that Howard and Jackson elementary students would be relocated. Both schools will meet in the afternoon on their respective campuses.

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