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Putnam County Schools not on track to meet 180 required days in classroom

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By law, students attending West Virginia schools must be in the classroom for at least 180 days. By law, students attending West Virginia schools must be in the classroom for at least 180 days.
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HURRICANE, WV -

Winter weather combined with many losing their water after the chemical spill in early January has resulted in students having one long break from school.

Kids in Putnam County are facing another challenge.   "It's been good having vacation, but I'm ready to get back to school," said Hurricane High School senior, Roslyn Campbell. 

By law, students attending West Virginia schools have to be in the classroom for at least 180 days.  In Putnam County, it's not looking like that's going to happen.  Pending no more days off due to weather, they'll be right at 179 days.

"I'm ready to get out of here," Campbell said, referring to graduation day.  She said she's just ready to move on to college.  She has four months left and that means getting back into the swing of things as soon as possible.

The plan was four months from now.  That was prior to the chemical spill and severe winter weather that had closed the schools in our region for days.  According to the Putnam County School's web site, the first day for the 2013-2014 year was on August 22.  

Prior to this unexpected month off, the last day of the calendar year was supposed to be May 30.  Now, they're shooting for June 6.

Campbell is taking classes to be a nurse.  She said on this first day back after nearly four weeks off, teachers said the curriculum was going to be pretty intense in order to make up for time lost. 

She said, "I feel confident.  It's probably going to be pretty hectic though, we're probably going to have a lot of homework."  

We spoke with the assistant superintendent of Putnam County Schools Thursday.  She declined to go on camera, but did tell us they are still sorting out how they plan on tackling this issue.

Once they do, they'll release that information to the school board.

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.