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Graduation Goes On Despite Not Reaching 180 Days

Reported: May. 12, 2014 6:38 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- About 175 students from St. Albans High School were getting ready for their graduation this afternoon. This group of seniors has been through a lot, including missing a record amount of school days.

"So many consecutive days off was very strange, and it began to feel like a second Christmas break," said David Hannan, who is graduating from St. Albans High School.

David Hannan is graduating number 1 in his class, and took four AP classes this year. He says having so many days off was challenging, but all the school work was made up.

"Spring break did kind of become a dumping ground for work that we should have done had we been in school during that time," added Hannan.

Kids in Kanawha County missed 17 days this year, but they made as many of them up as the schedule permitted by going to school on days they normally would have had off

"We had, what we call instructional support days, ISE days, where students weren’t supposed to come, but we did stop those and we had students attend those days,” said Kanawha County Superintendent Dr. Ron Duering.

Kanawha County didn't make it to 180 days this school year, and there is no penalty for that. However, this will likely be the last year the county doesn't make it to 180.

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"The new calendar, under senate bill 359, allows us to make up those days now,” Duering added.

And even with all of the days missed, Hannan says the teachers at St. Albans did a good job getting him ready for the next chapter in his life.

"Oh absolutely, I definitely feel prepared," added Hannan.



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