Negotiators representing the Downingtown Area School District and its teachers were back at the bargaining table yesterday, trying to avert a strike the union has called for 12:01 a.m. tomorrow.

The sides are trying to reach a deal on salary and health benefits. There was no word on progress yesterday, as a state mediator has called for a media blackout.

The school district sent a letter to parents Friday, saying a decision whether to cancel tomorrow's classes would be made by 5 p.m. today if no agreement is reached.

- Inquirer staff