CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – West Virginia State Superintendent says teachers and students will have to make up nine days of lost instructional time as a result of the nine-day statewide work stoppage.
Dr. Steven Paine says the days can be made up of several different ways but that all of the days have to be made up somehow. “Those nine days were days that school employees were paid and that’s per state code based on the rules of the calendar. So all of those nine days will be made up and all school employees will make those up.”
He suggests that school officials use spring break to make the days up.
Paine also said some counties already go 30 minutes above what is required and that banked time can be used to make up some of the days that were missed. His other suggestion would be to use days at the end of the calendar to make up the time through June 30.
Paine said each county school district makes up its own calendar, so there is flexibility for districts to figure out how to make up the days. The state superintendent said the state Board of Education will be providing guidance to county school districts.
Current legislative code requires 180 instructional days in a school year.