Teachers and students left their classrooms at Coachella Valley High School and Desert Mirage High School on Tuesday morning, making their voices heard at Coachella Valley Unified School District's main office in Thermal.
Students protested at the office on Airport Boulevard as they called for fair pay for their teachers. KESQ and CBS Local 2 have been at the scene throughout the morning, where a lively group of students broke into chants of fair pay and 'si se puede'.
Over 600 students walked out of Coachella Valley High School to come to the protest along with about 25 students from Desert Mirage High School, according to our crew at the scene.
The walkout occurred as students said it was in solidarity with their teachers who have been in negotiations with the school district for over a year now. The walkout comes as many teachers in the district called out sick just a day before.
There's no confirmation whether that was a planned sick-out. One high school senior said their teachers are essential in helping them succeed which is why they are fighting for them.
CVUSD Superintendent Darryl Adams said he wanted to make sure the students were safe.
"Our standard protocol when that occurs, you now, escort our students so that they stay safe, to provide a safe environment for them and an opportunity for them to be heard," Adams said.
Students were slowly being bused to their campuses. The California Highway Patrol provided traffic control as students marched.
A school board meeting is scheduled Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in which the school board will discuss going back to the negotiating table.
KESQ and CBS Local 2 will deliver updates as the situation continues to unfold.