NEWTON, MASS. (WHDH) - Students in Newton are set to return to the classroom on Monday for the first time in more than two weeks after a tentative deal was reached to end a teachers strike.

The return to school comes after the Newton Teachers Association and the School Committee announced a deal late Friday night on a new four-year contract.

According to the union’s Facebook page, 97 percent of members voted to ratify the contract Sunday night.

The new contract gives teachers everything they asked for: more pay, paid parental leave, and more mental health resources for students. In exchange, the school committee is getting more flexibility in the school day schedule around class and teacher prep time.

Due to missed days during the strike, the school committee has voted to cancel February vacation and then find other ways to make up the remaining days.

Newton schools opened Monday with a one-hour delay.

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