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Students return to school following unplanned break in Kanawha County, WV

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Students at Mary C. Snow Elementary return to school for the first time since January 9. Students at Mary C. Snow Elementary return to school for the first time since January 9.
CHARLESTON, WV -

Between winter weather and a chemical spill with a water crisis, many kids haven't seen the inside of a school since Jan. 9.

On Thursday, Kanawha County students returned to school following the unplanned break.

"We're excited. We're anxious to be back. We're glad the kids are glad to be back," said Jackie McCormack, teacher at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary in Charleston, WV.

Teachers said they will hit the ground running to catch up on the missed classroom time.

"We've got to jump back on and finish everything that we were working on before we went on break," McCormack said.

The school has stocked up on bottled water for students to use in the coming days.

"Right now, my bottled water is in the fridge for them. When they come here, they'll pick one out for breakfast. We'll put their initials. Then, I plan on getting water from my house and I'll bring it for a while so they have something to drink," said teacher Jessica Sigman.

The cooks will also use pre-packaged food to avoid cooking with water.

Teachers said the unplanned break from school wasn't ideal, but they managed to keep in touch with their kids and their parents.

"I just told them to pick up a book, work with your multiplication, anything to keep their brain moving while they're gone," Sigman said.

Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary is a year-round school. Students will make up the extra time missed in March.

The rest of Kanawha County schools will make up the time at the end of May.