Many Oregon School Districts To Close May 8 For Teacher Walkout

By Elizabeth Miller (OPB)
May 3, 2019 9:15 p.m.

UPDATE (Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 9:58 a.m. PT) — Schools in more than two dozen districts across Oregon will close for at least part of the day on Wednesday in response to a planned walk out by teachers to advocate for more school funding.


It's part of the teacher "Day of Action" led by the Oregon Education Association, the state's largest public education employee union.

Related: Oregon Schools To Close May 8 For Teacher Walkouts

Teachers and community members will attend rallies and marches all over the state while advocating for smaller class sizes, full funding for electives and more school counselors.

School districts and state lawmakers are both in the midst of setting budgets. Some districts project dozens of teacher layoffs and larger class sizes.

Several school districts made the decision to cancel classes for the day out of concern for staffing and supervision of students because teachers had expressed plans to walk out of class.

To make up the missed day, some districts have extended the school year. Others have swapped out a teacher development day for May 8.

And even with most of Oregon’s school districts having class, a few schools plan to host events related to the “Day of Action.”

Umatilla Schools will host an event called "Walk In Their Shoes," inviting community members to hear about the district's budget process and shadowing students for the day.

From Oregon Education Association, the following schools have announced May 8 closures:

Ashland School District 5 - HALF DAY

Beaverton School District 48j - CLOSED

Bend-La Pine Schools - HALF DAY

Bethel School District 52 - CLOSED

Canby School District 86 - CLOSED

Central School District 13j - CLOSED


Corbett School District 39 - CLOSED

David Douglas School District 40 - CLOSED

Eugene School District 4j - CLOSED

Forest Grove School District 15 - CLOSED

Gladstone School District 115 - CLOSED

Gresham-Barlow School District 10j - CLOSED

Hillsboro School District 1j - CLOSED

Klamath Falls City Schools - CLOSED

Lake Oswego School District 7j - CLOSED

North Clackamas School District 12 - CLOSED

Oregon City School District 62 - CLOSED

Parkrose School District 3 - CLOSED

Portland School District 1j - CLOSED

Redmond School District 2j - EARLY RELEASE

Reynolds School District 7 - CLOSED

Riverdale School District 51j - CLOSED

Tigard-Tualatin School District 23j - CLOSED

Salem-Keizer School District 24j - CLOSED HALF DAY

West Linn-Wilsonville School District 3j - CLOSED

Woodburn School District 103 - CLOSED