Kanawha, Cabell, Putnam schools confirm no classes Thursday, Friday

Kanawha County Schools confirms in an automated telephone message that schools will be closed Thursday and Friday and that all activities will be canceled because of the statewide two-day teacher walkout.

Kanawha, Cabell, Putnam and other counties have confirmed that schools in their districts will be closed Thursday and Friday. All Kanawha activities will be canceled because of the statewide two-day teacher walkout.

Kanawha students will make up the days during the last two out-of-school environment days of the year – May 25 and May 29. May 29 will be the last day of school, according to the automated message Tuesday. Putnam County Schools will extend its instructional calendar to include June 5 and 6, according to officials.

There are a handful of basketball games in Kanawha County that will be affected. On Thursday, Feb. 22, Spring Valley was scheduled to be at Capital, George Washington at St. Albans and Van was set to visit Sissonville. Those games will not be played.

Red Osborne, the athletic director at South Charleston High School, said Monday that the South Charleston-Wheeling Park game, scheduled Saturday, Feb. 24, at the South Charleston Community Center would still be played as originally planned.

Meanwhile, coaches tell Eyewitness News that the girls basketball sectional tournament, scheduled Feb. 16 through Feb. 24, the boys basketball sectional tournament, scheduled Feb. 26 through March 3, and the state wrestling tournament, slated for Thursday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, Feb. 24, would go on as scheduled.

Cabell County Schools will also be closed Thursday and Friday as will schools in Nicholas County and Greenbrier Counties, according to statements on their official Facebook pages. Jackson County will also be close Thursday and Friday, according to the Jackson County Education Association. Calhoun County has posted a message on its Facebook page, saying schools in that county will be closed Thursday.

The West Virginia Department of Education has told county superintendents any planning and decision-making in the event of a work stoppage is a county by county decision, a spokesperson with the department said. Other counties have announced that they will make the decision on Wednesday.

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