Parents cope with extended school days due to teacher walkout
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (KTUL) – The Pawhuska school district has decided to add an extra hour to each school day instead of adding days to the end of the year to make up for the time off during the teacher walk out.
Pawhuska's High School and Middle School will now have an extra hour and 12 minutes added to their day, while the Elementary School will have another hour and two minutes of school.
Emily Reeves has seven kids who go to schools in the district.
“Instead of picking them up at about 3:10, I’ll be picking up at 4:10,” Reeves said. “They range from 15 [years-old] to 16 months. I’ve got kids in karate, dance, baseball, band and after school academics. So, we’re busy every single day.”
Reeves said adding the extra hour to the school day will be chaotic.
“I bring home another child, so it’s not like I can go get my kids a little bit early to make it to baseball games on time,” she said. “Living in a small town, we have to drive an hour away for games that start at 6:15.” She has a solution for now.
“We have to come back here fast, drop the other child off that doesn’t belong to me and then head straight out of town,” Reeves said.
Jillian Rumsey is also making some adjustments.
“My kids are in first and second grade,” Rumsey said. “I know right after school my daughters are hungry and are ready for a snack, so if they are there for an extra hour, it’ll be tough.”
Both Reeves and Rumsey said they are willing to make the changes when it comes to the overall benefit of their children.
“I support the teachers 100 percent,” said Rumsey.
“I fully support the walkout,” said Reeves. “It’s just an inconvenience, but it’s one that we will get through. I don’t blame the teachers; I don’t blame the schools for this. I knew getting into this that this was a possibility, and I support the schools in their decision to work it out this way.”
Pawhuska’s superintendent said they are accommodating parents by organizing their bus routes to drop off one hour later. Their faculty and staff are also making additional accommodations for parents.