The teachers union representing Keystone Oaks has initiated a strike.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Classes are canceled for students in the Keystone Oaks School District due to a teachers’ strike that has been authorized by the Keystone Oaks Education Association.

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Beginning on Monday, February 1, 2021, the strike goes into effect and classes will be canceled until Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at the latest.

The Keystone Oaks Education Association, the union representing teachers within the district, and the Keystone Oaks Board of School Directors were unable to reach an agreement by the union’s target date, triggering the strike.

Negotiations continued through the past week and this weekend.

While the strike is on, school sports will continue for in-season sports but conditioning for out-of-season sports will not be held.

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Students that attend Parkway West Career & Technical Center will continue attending regular classes.

Transportation for out-of-district students and those in private or parochial schools.

Meanwhile, the free meals program will continue with curbside pickup between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at each building.

The school district says they hope to reach an agreement to return students to the classroom as soon as possible.

According to the school district,  the Pennsylvania Department of Education has determined that the work stoppage can last a total of seven days and that classes must resume on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at the latest.

If the work stoppage lasts the full seven days, classes will be all online on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

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When classes resume, the following changes will also be in effect:

  • Friday, February 12, 2021 will be a full day of school.

  • Monday, February 15, 2021 will also be a full day of school, with in-person learning for Cohort Golden (Last Names A-L).