Educators picket in front of Green Central Elementary School on the first day of the Minneapolis educator strike. Credit: Ben Hovland | Sahan Journal

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In an update to its negotiations webpage Friday, Minneapolis Public Schools described having “collaborative discussions” with ESPs Thursday. The district also outlined how a strike would affect the school calendar, which varies by school.

State law requires a minimum of 165 school days for students in first through 11th grades. Minneapolis elementary schools have 170 instructional days on their school calendars, meaning no school time will need to be made up if the strike lasts five days or fewer. (This update came on the fourth day of the strike, with the two sides still more than $100,000,000 apart from an agreement.)

Most seventh and eighth grade schools and some high schools have no extra time built into the calendar, the district said. In those schools, all school days canceled as a result of the strike will have to be made up later.

School days may be made up over spring break, in June, or by eliminating professional development days.

Becky Z. Dernbach is the education reporter for Sahan Journal. Becky graduated from Carleton College in 2008, just in time for the economy to crash. She worked many jobs before going into journalism, including...