This from the Capistrano Unified School District Web site:
PRESIDENT BRYSON RESPONDS TO STRIKE AUTHORIZATION
"We are very disappointed that teachers in our district have authorized their union leaders to call a strike. A teacher walkout will be a political statement by the union that will not change the fiscal reality we face as a school district or the need to move forward with the level of concessions required in the CUEA contract. Individual teachers will be asked to pay the price in lost wages for that union decision. The Board of Education has made it clear that we are ready to meet with CUEA to discuss a memorandum of understanding about the temporary nature of these cuts should our fiscal situation improve. The union has rejected this sincere offer and is demanding that we resume the same unproductive talks that led us to this point. We simply cannot do that.
It is time to move on for the benefit of our students and our community. Should CUEA notify the district that they will, in fact, strike, we will take appropriate steps to notify our community and continue to move forward with the important job of educating our students.”
Anna Bryson, President
CUSD Board of Education
After school events and athletics will likely be cancelled on the first day of a strike, and yes, absences still count. There won't be armed guards, though, and the district gets 48 hours notice of any strike by the union. Here's the district's information: