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Logan, Mingo County Schools closed Friday due to teacher work stoppage

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Published: Feb. 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST
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Students of three school districts are set to get a long weekend.

Logan County Schools announced they will be closed Friday due to "an illegal unauthorized employee walkout."

Mingo County followed suit Thursday evening.

Teachers from Logan County are expected to be at the State Capitol Complex Friday to protest pay and health care.

Superintendent Patricia Lucas says the lost days of instruction must be rescheduled by the county board of education.

A county can't reschedule an OSE day to replace a regularly scheduled instructional day that is cancelled due to a work stoppage.

In Mingo County, an out of calendar day will be used to make up the cancellation.

Wyoming County Schools are also closed Friday due to an impending work stoppage.

And while Kanawha County schools are set to be on a normal schedule Friday, teachers at several schools are planning a "walk-in" protest. Those teachers will be standing outside of their schools holding signs in support of public education and maintaining qualified teachers in West Virginia, while also creating awareness about their concerns over health insurance and other current policies.

When school begins, the teachers will then walk inside together, starting the school day as normal.

Meanwhile, public hearings are scheduled later this month to address the PEIA premiums issue for families with dual incomes.

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