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CAHOKIA, IL. (KTVI) – Talks will resume on Thursday between the Cahokia School District and the union representing teachers.

Both sides met on Wednesday without reaching a deal.

The Cahokia superintendent and the spokesperson for the union declined to negotiation details saying both sides agreed to refrain from making comments to the media.

The superintendent did say that if a deal is reached teachers will report on September 4th and students on September 6th.

The delay is causing a delay in paychecks for school bus drivers.  Sherri Stevenson was planning on driving students on Wednesday, the original start date for school.

‘I`m making ends meet for the moment but it`s hard,’ said Stevenson.

She`s also a parent concerned over her daughter missing school.

Students have been able to participate in athletic activities because at this point there is no strike.

Some parents wonder why negotiations didn`t sooner.

‘The way education plays a role in getting these kids to the next level they need to be in school,’ said Kewana Smith-Bell.

Other parents are scrambling for day care.

‘I have a lot of friends struggling to find someone to watch their kids,’ said Tiffany Czapla.