Local students and teachers return to school after WV teacher walkout ends

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - After more than a week off, Katie Buchanan is excited to see her kindergarteners once again.

The Fairplains Elementary School teacher said, "I'm glad to be back to what I'm doing and glad to see my students."

After schools in West Virginia were closed for 9 days due to a statewide teacher work stoppage, schools reopened on Wednesday. Buchanan says the first day back went well.

"They followed right back into the routine of things and swing of things. They're extra social today of course they want to talk about what's happening they want to talk about what they've done on their days off and they're just excited to see their friends."

Wood County Schools Superintendent John Flint said there were no problems in the district and everything went smoothly on Wednesday. Mike Wells, the superintendent at Pleasants County Schools, said the same thing.

Buchanan says her students are young and may not understand what transpired the last week and a half but she does want them to know one thing.

"We didn't just do this for us, we did this for them, we did this for the state of West Virginia for all state employees it's important to stand up for yourself to stand up for what you believe in and to follow through," she said.

Something teachers stood up for was fixing the problems with the PEIA. Last week, Governor Jim Justice issued an executive order to create a task force to look into those problems. He is expected to announce who's in the task force by the end of the week.

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