Martirano: Students will work through 180th day

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Martirano: Students will work through 180th day
By Carrie Houdosek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Summer break for some West Virginia schools began last week, but other students won’t be getting out until mid-June because of the state law requiring 180 instructional days.

“We have to maximize the instructional time,” said state Superintendent Michael Martirano. “So making certain kids are in school every day, that we’re maximizing the time on task, is extremely important to the well-being and the education of our young people.”

Even this late in the year, with bad-weather days forcing schools to play catch-up, Martirano lauded teachers for their preparations and kids for remaining engaged.

Currently, superintendents of systems across the state are adjusting next year’s schedules to allow for inclement weather.

“This is a relatively new process for West Virginia in the sense that the state law is 180 days and making certain that we’re holding to that,” said Martirano.

According to the West Virginia Board of Education’s calendar, Raleigh County will be the last to finish its 180 days June 22. Other counties who will be in school the latest include Roane, Boone, Jackson, Lincoln, Logan and Wyoming.