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Medford schools reopen amid strike

A row of private security guards lines an apparent replacement teacher as she gets off the bus at Medford's Central High School gym Feb. 10 in Medford. Police said about 150 pickets greeted the substitutes as buses hauled them from their motels to Central Medford High School for a review of their credentials and for drug screening.

A row of private security guards lines an apparent replacement teacher as she gets off the bus at Medford's Central High School gym Feb. 10 in Medford. Police said about 150 pickets greeted the substitutes as buses hauled them from their motels to Central Medford High School for a review of their credentials and for drug screening. AP Photo/Mail Tribune, Bob Pennell

MEDFORD (AP) — Medford schools reopened today with substitutes in the classrooms for striking teachers.

Schools had been closed since members of the Medford Education Association went on strike Thursday.

Superintendent Phil Long says schools are ready. The district plans a shortened four-hour school day.

The Mail Tribune reports substitutes are working with lesson plans left behind by regular Medford teachers who don’t want their students to fall behind during the strike.

The union represents about 600 teachers in a district of 13,000 students, Oregon’s eighth largest.

Contract talks resume Wednesday with a state mediator.

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