UPDATE: All West Virginia schools closed Thursday, March 1, 2018

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP)- School in all 55 West Virginia counties is canceled.

According to the West Virginia Department of Education, Jefferson County Schools were the last to close for Thursday at 10:44 PM EST Wednesday.


As of 9:14 PM EST, only a handful of West Virginia schools are still open Thursday, March 1, 2018.

All 55 counties could close again Thursday.


The West Virginia Department of Education says all schools in 27 of the state's 55 counties plan to remain closed Thursday despite an apparent agreement between leaders of the unions representing striking teachers and school service personnel and Gov. Jim Justice intended to end the walkout.

The department's list has been growing through the evening even after the House of Delegates voted Wednesday night to approve the 5 percent raises in the deal.

The Senate adjourned before considering it and plans to return on Thursday.

The walkout began last Thursday closing all 55 counties' public schools and continued through Wednesday.

Strikers protesting low pay and rising health care costs have expressed doubts about politicians' promises short of actions that will guarantee raises and protect them from further hikes in benefit costs they say are squeezing them further.


Wirt County Schools will not have school Thursday, March 1, 2018. Previously, Wirt County Schools were going to be on a 2-hour delay.


Pleasants County Schools will be closed Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Ritchie County, Mason County, Roane County, and Calhoun County will also be closed Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Currently, Wirt County is operating under a 2-hour delay Thursday. This could change.


Wood County Schools Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling says Wood County Schools will be closed Thursday, March 1, 2018.


Parents that we talked to on Tuesday said they are more than ready for the teacher strike to end.

After four days of no school, some families say they're starting to feel the effects.

Some parents struggle to find baby sitters, while others feel their children may be falling behind in their studies.

Like we reported on Monday, churches and teachers are handing out free packed lunches to address concerns about children getting enough to eat.

Some students we talked to say they’re enjoying the time off, but realize the days they miss will have to be made up and will cut into their summer break.

Gabriel Dabies, a 5th grade student in Wood County, shares his feelings over the teacher work stoppage. “Normally I am happy not going to school, because I don’t like going to school for 7 hours a day. The only problem is I don’t want to like, since we lost four days of school, can you imagine how much homework that is? That’s going to be a whole lot of work.”

Mickie Valley, a mother to Wood County students, expresses her concern as a parent. “It’s tough because you are trying to find something to keep them busy with and you know a lot of parents didn’t get any classwork sent home with their kids up to date on what is needed to be done in the classroom.”

Parents say they'd have their children work on math, spelling, and reading on their days off to keep up.



 
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