If you haven’t heard, Arizona teachers are holding a “walk-out” or strike beginning April 26th, 2018. The protest is to draw attention to school underfunding since 2008. Specifically, teachers are seeking higher salaries for all school staff and higher funding for everything from building improvements to classroom supplies.
No Class If School Is Closed
In almost all cases, schools that host Bonanza Educational programming will be closed during the first two days of the strike, April 26 and April 27th. After that, each district will address closures on a district-by-district basis.
If a school is closed, there will be no Bonanza Educational class held that day.
Thursday April 26th – All Partner Schools Closed
Friday April 27th – All Partner Schools Closed
Monday April 30th – All Partner Schools Closed except for in Cave Creek Unified School District
Tuesday May 1st – All Partner Schools Closed except for in Cave Creek Unified School District
Wednesday May 2nd – All Partner Schools Closed except for in Cave Creek Unified School District
Thursday May 3rd – All School Open, All Bonanza Classes Resume
If the strike continues beyond Friday, April 27th, schools will need to add days to their calendar.
We Will Make Up Every Missed Class
So far, every cancelled class on April 26th and April 27th can be made up with another day added at the end of the May before the end of school. It is currently our plan to make up all cancelled classes. To make things easier, we will reach out with revised class schedules only after the walkout has ended.
If the strike continues into next week, each day missed due to the walkout will need to be made up with additional days of school. Therefore, every cancelled class next week should have a new day at the end of calendar to use for a make-up. We will schedule missed classes with the updated schedule once the walkout ends and we get a revised calendar from our partner schools.
It is currently our plan to make up every missed class. We will notify you of an updated schedule after the end of the walkout.
Refunds Will Be Issued Only If Necessary & After the Strike
Both the leaders and instructors of Bonanza Educational are not school-employed teachers, so we did not get to vote whether to strike. Regardless of how we feel regarding the strike’s aims, as the manager of nearly 20 awesome Bonanza instructors, we want to do our best to manage this situation both for you, our customer, your kids, and our instructors.
One such way is to do our best to maintain our instructors’ expected income. So, not only are we trying our best to make up any missed classes for your kiddos, but also our instructors can make up any missed work and still earn what they expected from this spring quarter.
For that reason, we will only be issuing refunds for programs that have classes that cannot be made up. Like we will wait until the strike is over to determine a revised schedule, we will also wait until the strike is over to determine what, if any, refunds should be issued.
If a refund is due, it will be based on the pro-rated, per class rate, and equal to the sum of the pro-rated rate times the number of cancelled and not made up classes. As we explained above, we believe the calendar will allow for most, if not all, of cancelled classes to be made up, and this may be uncessary.
If we are unable to make up a missed class, we will refund you appropriately after the strike ends.
I will update the page regularly with new news. Stay tuned for updates.
4/25 10:30AM Initial Publishing.
4/25 12:30PM Updates explaining refund policy due to walkout.
4/30 8:00AM Updates regarding closures April 30th and May 1st.
5/1 5:30PM Updates regarding closures May 2nd and reopening May 3rd.