Students outside of Proviso Math and Science Academy in Forest Park, where District 209 central offices are housed. | File

The roughly 4,200 students in Proviso Township High School District 209 returned to classes on Monday, March 28 after being out since March 4 due to a historic 13-day teachers strike.

On March 23, the Proviso Teachers Union (PTU) Local 571 and District 209 Superintendent James Henderson reached a tentative contract agreement. Henderson said the PTU’s roughly 280 members, who include teachers, social workers, librarians and school counselors, were scheduled to vote to ratify the agreement on Tuesday, March 29, the day Forest Park Review goes to print. 

According to a statement on March 27, Henderson said the tentative agreement “includes a raise as well as semi-annual bonuses for three years” going back to 2021.

Henderson said that the dates for senior prom and graduation have not changed. He said that 9th- through 11th-grade students will make up 10 school days.

The final day of school for students is June 15. Summer school will be held in two sessions, with the first lasting from June 20 through July 8 and the second from July 11 through July 28. Summer school graduation is Aug. 4, he said.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that prioritizes our students, parents and communities,” Riley said in a statement last week. 

District officials said that the details of the agreement will be released in coming days.