Jackson County schools may cancel spring break because of teacher walkout

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RIPLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - At least one school district in the Mid-Ohio Valley is considering doing away with spring break this school year in order to make up days missed because of the continuing teacher walkout.

Jackson County Schools Superintendent Blaine Hess tells WSAZ that there’s a recommendation to cancel spring break, scheduled April 2-6, and make those days instructional days.

Elsewhere, Wood County does not have a spring break on this year's school calendar.

Pleasants, Ritchie and Wirt counties all have spring breaks scheduled from March 26 through April 2, but representatives from each county say they're monitoring the situation to see how the statewide teacher walkout unfolds before cconsidering any changes..

Hess says the decision in Jackson County takes care of the days already missed because of the walkout and allows schools to get instructional days in before things like AP exams and state testing.

Hess adds, though, that if the walkout continues, days could start to be added to the end of the school year into June. But if this recommendation passes, it will also help students in the senior class be able to graduate on time.

Hess says the board of education will discuss the situation at a school board on Thursday.