Reynolds High School seniors returned to school Thursday, even though schools in the district have been closed due to a strike. The seniors going through a check-out process as the school year ends. Veteran high school teacher Tom Beaman says it was an emotional day for teachers on the picket lines.
He explained, "We had seniors who were coming back and checking out, and they were coming out in tears. We had teachers in tears because their good-byes were being done on a sidewalk."
The strike has closed school since Monday.
The school district announced late this Thursday that negotiations will resume Friday.
District officials say they need to find money to fill a financial budget gap. The teachers' union says it's frustrated that the district isn't putting a higher priority on policy issues in the contract.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.