The looming possibility of teacher strikes in Seattle has prompted a message to parents by Seattle schools: have a back-up plan.
With the start of school on September 4, we are encouraging families to develop back-up plans should Seattle Public Schools not open on time, according to a statement on the Seattle Public Schools website.
School officials said they were working with child care providers and the City of Seattle to develop options for students in the event school isn't in session on September 4. They planned to post resources, along with other information, on the SPS site Wednesday.
Seattle teachers voted to reject a contract proposal Monday night.
Seattle Education Association President Jonathan Knapp said Monday's vote was nearly unanimous among the more than 1,800 union members at a general membership meeting. They included teachers and other school employees. In all, the union has about 5,000 members.
The teachers' contract expires Aug. 31.
Current sticking points include the use of test scores in evaluating teachers and whether to add 30 minutes to the workday of elementary school teachers. Also at issue: whether to change the size of caseloads of school employees such as therapists, psychologists and nurses.
Superintendent Jose Banda says he's confident the two sides can reach agreement.
In the meantime, spokesperson for Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn tell KING5 both are closely monitoring the situation, and working with people on both sides to try to avoid a strike.