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Hundreds of teachers, supporters and families gathered on all four corners of Granada and Congress Street in downtown Tucson Thursday morning to show support for the #RedforEd movement which seeks to restore funding to Arizona's public education system. 

Vail School District's superintendent announced late Monday afternoon that the district's schools would open again on Tuesday, May 1 after being closed last week.

"Most regular teachers will be present. Instruction will occur. Welcome back," reads a note signed by Superintendent Calvin Baker.

The Sahuarita district is operating an all staff workday Tuesday, May 1, which means faculty, administrative and support staff will be at school, but no students. The purpose is to evaluate each school and department's contingency plan, including staffing and schedules, a letter to families said.

"It is our intention to open schools on Wednesday, May 2," the letter read. "However, please understand that educational programs on this day may be rather basic and limited."

The letter continued to say if schools do open May 2, no makeup days will be necessary. Families will receive a final confirmation as to whether school will be open Wednesday by tomorrow afternoon. 

Tucson Unified School District will remain closed Tuesday. 

TUSD's decision was made based on the Arizona Educators United call for a continued walkout and reported teacher absences for the day. 

Warren Elementary School will be on total shutdown because the state mandates that schools provide a certain number of instructional minutes. Warren no longer has enough instructional minutes to support another day of the walkout. 

That means food services will not be available at Warren Elementary. Families can go to any other TUSD campus for lunch. So far, all other TUSD campuses will continue to offer breakfast and lunch. 

The Amphitheater district is the second district to announce its closure for Tuesday, May 1. 

A message from Amphi superintendent Todd Jaeger said he understands the difficulties the closures are creating and will be sending a letter later today to address questions concerning about the impact of the walkout and the end of the school year.

Tanque Verde Unified School District will also remain closed Tuesday, May 1. 

The Tanque Verde district sent a memo to families that said that it will be "required to extend the school calendar to replace instructional time lost during the closure."

It is working on a plan that will give families flexibility.

"Any days added to the calendar will be opportunities for additional learning, but will not affect a student's grade or be required," the letter continued.

Sunnyside Unified School District is the first district to announce it will be closed through May 4. 

All elementary and middle school after school activities and athletics will be cancelled until further notice. Food services will not be provided during these days. 

Catalina Foothills School District will also be closed Tuesday, May 1 and will remain closed until the organizers of #RedforEd indicate the walkout is over.

Marana Unified School District will be closed Tuesday, May 1 and will remain closed until it has sufficient staff to reopen. 

Flowing Wells School District will be closed Tuesday, May 1.


We will continue to update this story as we receive information.

Angela Pittenger | This Is Tucson