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More than half of Oakland elementary schools remain closed as teachers’ union members refuse to work

A sanitizing station and sign encouraging social distancing sits in the main hallway during the first day of partial in-person instruction at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Garfield Elementary School partially re-opens for students in grades kindergarten through second grade beginning Tuesday. (Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

A sanitizing station and sign encouraging social distancing sits in the main hallway during the first day of partial in-person instruction at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Garfield Elementary School partially re-opens for students in grades kindergarten through second grade beginning Tuesday. (Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

A sanitizing station and sign encouraging social distancing sits in the main hallway during the first day of partial in-person instruction at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Garfield Elementary School partially re-opens for students in grades kindergarten through second grade beginning Tuesday. (Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

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UPDATED 7:21 AM PT – Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A teachers’ union has blocked schools in a California school district from reopening. At least half of the teachers in the Oakland Education Association are refusing to reenter the classroom despite making a deal with the district to open schools on Tuesday.

Over the weekend, parents voiced their frustration. They said no one seems to know if schools will even fully reopen this fall.

“That’s the biggest source of concern for parents right now, is that we don’t actually know what fall is going to look like,” explained Andrea Dooley, President of the Oakland Technical High School PTA. “Everyone is confused and concerned…and there’s not anonymity about what it should be like, there’s just confusion about what is being proposed.”

Only 21 of the district’s 50 pre-K and elementary schools covered by the union deal are returning to hybrid instruction this week and high schools will stay closed through spring.

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