Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - After what some parents and students described as a "chaotic and confusing" first day of the Strongsville teachers' strike, day two of the picketing went smoother, according to safety officials.
Strongsville fire prevention inspectors toured each school Tuesday to make sure classroom sizes were being kept at safe levels. Substitute teachers were briefed on safety steps and where all exits are located.
Officials said some classrooms were doubled on Monday, but that wasn't the case Tuesday.
"They (schools) were a bit understaffed Monday, but that was rectified today," said Strongsville Fire Chief Jeff Branic.
"I've apologized to anyone. We had preparations, we had a plan. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. We are adding substitutes. It's much improved," said John Krupinski, Superintendent of Strongsville Public Schools.
Krupinski said students had to be moved to the high school's auditorium Monday because there weren't enough substitute teachers in the crowded classrooms. Add to it more students showed up on the first day of the teachers' strike than expected.
On Tuesday, 10-12 substitute teachers were added to the high school.
Meanwhile, police are now stationed at the entrance of every public school in Strongsville as a safety step to ease traffic congestion at entrances and exits.
Police are investigating a report of a parent who said a teacher slammed her hand on the hood of her car while she dropped her child off at Kinsner Elementary School. However, the teacher, who was not hurt, told police the car grazed her. Police said no one has been cited and the investigation continues.
One official told NewsChannel5 the schools expected about 40 percent of students to show up Monday, but 75 percent attended classes.
It's unclear how long the strike could last.
All preschools, elementary schools and the high school were closed Monday in Strongsville after a bomb threat.
The principal of Chapman Elementary School in Strongsville is asking the community to be on the lookout for vandals who've been targeting the school and destroying property.
Families in Strongsville are hoping the fresh start of a new school year will remove the bitter taste from a teachers' strike that divided the community last spring.
The president of the Cleveland Teachers Union is suing the Strongsville City Schools Board of Education for information about teachers and subs who taught during the Strongsville teachers' strike.
Declining enrollment is cause for cutting teaching positions, according to Strongsville school officials.
A Strongsville High School Spanish teacher that crossed the picket line returned to work Tuesday to find many of her classroom belongings ruined.
Strongsville schools returned to normal Tuesday as teachers went back to their classrooms after the strike.
Strongsville teachers went back to school Monday afternoon after an eight-week strike that ended over the weekend.
The end to an eight-week-long teachers' strike in Strongsville brought about mixed emotions in the suburban-Cleveland community.