Forty percent of Putnam County students in class Monday

Putnam County Schools saw 40 percent of its student body in schools Monday. The day originally was the start of spring break but was rescheduled to be instructional makeup time.(MGN Online/ Fbot/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0/

Instructional days originally scheduled as spring break for Putnam County schools began Monday with an attendance rate of 40 percent, school officials said.

Monday originally was the start of spring break but was rescheduled to be instructional makeup time. District spokeswoman Micah Osborne said Putnam County had about 40 percent of its students in attendance Monday. That amount included groups participating in extracurricular school events outside of West Virginia.

Students absent during this period will be issued excused absences as a result of a family activity and vacations that may have been planned, Osborne said in an email.

Seventy-five percent of the district’s teachers were at work Monday. About 63 substitute teachers, each holding the proper teaching certificates, were used.

The district’s original spring break became instructional time following a nine-day statewide teacher and school service personnel walkout that began late February.

Superintendent John Hudson said it was best to use April 2-6 to maximize opportunities for instructional time before testing for all students including graduating seniors and students enrolled in college, Advanced Placement and dual-credit courses. If the instructional days had been rescheduled at the end of the current school calendar, it would have resulted in students not ending the school year until mid-June, Osborne said.

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