- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state Board of Education has denied a request by counties to waive attendance restrictions so they can meet the mandated 180 instructional days this school year.

The board rejected the requests Wednesday at a meeting in Charleston, citing state code that requires 180 separate days of education.

School board President Gayle Manchin tells WCHS-TV (http://bit.ly/1Cp2HL8) it’s important for students to receive the required amount of instructional time.

The board approved a waiver process last month aimed at giving county schools flexibility in making up instructional days canceled because of weather.

The policy allows counties to seek waivers to use bank time to meet the 180-day equivalent. Bank time is minutes that counties can accrue each day by exceeding the minimum state-required classroom time.

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Information from: WCHS-TV, http://www.wchstv.com

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