CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — At least two West Virginia counties are canceling spring break to help make up for nine days of instructional time lost during the recent teacher strike.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — At least two West Virginia counties are canceling spring break to help make up for nine days of instructional time lost during the recent teacher strike.
In the meantime, West Virginia superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine has said all nine days lost due to the strike must be made up.
The Mineral County Board of Education voted Tuesday to revise the calendar to include Tuesday through Friday, April 3-6, as instructional days and Putnam County schools announced Thursday they will use its spring break April 2-6 as five instructional days.
They vowed, however, to ”work with students and their families" who might have vacation plans. The statement didn't specify details. The county also will use a professional development day on March 16 for regular classes.
Paine said earlier Thursday the state's 55 county school boards should consider the option to cancel spring break but excuse families with valid vacation plans.
He said missed class time also can be made up by adding school days in June or using accrued instructional time from longer school days. According to state law, schools cannot be in session past June 30.
Gov. Jim Justice has asked county superintendents to be flexible to meet the required 180 instructional days. He's said students "have suffered enough."
Paine also clarified that teachers were paid during the nine-day strike and won't receive additional compensation for the makeup days.
"They'll have to work for those nine days that they've already been paid," he said.
Classes resumed Wednesday after the strike that began Feb. 22.