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Kanawha County parents, teachers concerned about missing class

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV -

Between the recent water crisis and snow days piling up, Kanawha County students are missing a lot of class. In the last month, students have only been in school for three days, and one of them was a two-hour delay.  

"I'm definitely itching to get back," said Joe Oliver, a computer science teacher at South Charleston High School, "We've only had school for two and a half days since Christmas break."

School was canceled Wednesday and Tuesday because of snow. A week before, a chemical leak in the Elk River forced cancellations after the chemical tainted the water supply in homes and classrooms. Kanawha County school officials have already pushed the last day of class to May 23, a week longer than originally planned. Early dismissals have also been changed to full instructional days. If Kanawha County has to cancel any more days, it will cut into the 180 days of instruction mandated by the state.  

Many parents and teachers are worried that the amount of missed days will affect students' performance on the WESTEST2.  

"Teachers prepare students for the WESTEST, and we haven't had the time to do that," said Oliver. "I don't know how we're going to play catch up now."  

Many parents are trying to encourage their children to engage in more educational activities at home.  

"Reading books is very important, I talk with [my grandchildren] about school work and do art projects," said Janet Lutz, a kindergarten teacher at Piedmont Elementary School.  

With winter far from over, teachers hope more students will take the initiative to instruct themselves on days off.