Teachers from across Oklahoma converged on the State Capitol in Oklahoma City Monday for a planned teacher walkout/advocacy day, which will continue today.

Teachers from across Oklahoma converged on the State Capitol in Oklahoma City Monday for a planned teacher walkout/advocacy day, which will continue today.

During Monday evening's Shawnee Board of Education meeting, one teacher spoke to the board and shared what the delegates from Shawnee and several thousand Oklahoma teachers did at the Capitol Monday.

“First of all I want to say thank you for allowing us today and tomorrow to go to the Capitol,” Shawnee Schools teacher Sharon Reese said. “We were at the Capitol today so that our kids can have what they need in the classrooms.”

Reese and her fellow teachers were able to meet with Oklahoma lawmakers.

“We are very blessed to have the support of legislators in the Shawnee community,” she said. “We have run out of staples and paper at Shawnee schools. These are very basic needs. Yet meeting with lawmakers, we were offered cheese, apples and bottled water. They don't have to pay for that and don't understand what we go through. We are very thankful to go up to the Capitol to advocate for what we need in the classrooms.”

Several Pottawatomie County area schools, but not all, cancelled classes Monday in anticipation of the advocacy day.

Shawnee, Tecumseh and McLoud Schools are among the local districts not holding classes again today, as well as Bethel, which has also decided to close on Wednesday to use its last snow day.

Other local area schools cancelling classes today are Dale, Grove, Prague, Seminole and South Rock Creek.

Although Shawnee Schools won't hold classes today, the ACT test is still on and there are feeding programs in place. The Shawnee district released the following statement Monday.

“Shawnee Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, April 3, 2018 for teachers to continue their advocacy efforts at the state Capitol.  We regret the inconvenience this causes and hope to resume school quickly.”

The ACT test for juniors at Shawnee High School will be administered today as planned and students should arrive by 8:40 a.m. to take the ACT. The district will also continue to provide breakfasts and lunches to students.

Tecumseh Public Schools also remains closed today for the teacher work stoppage, but breakfast and lunch will be served free to any Tecumseh student at three locations — Barnard Elementary School, Cross Timbers Elementary and Tecumseh Middle School. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The ACT for juniors also will be administered at Tecumseh High School. All juniors should report to the school at 8 a.m. with a No. 2 pencil and calculator. Lunch and a snack will be provided for those students.