WINFIELD, W.Va. — When West Virginia teachers and school service personnel walked off the job Tuesday, only one school system kept the doors of their schools open. Putnam County Superintendent John Hudson said Friday on MetroNews Talkline he did not regret the decision.
“We believed, and I believe, and in consultation with our board we have an obligation to uphold the rule of law,” he said on MetroNews Talkline. “Work stoppages are not permitted under West Virginia law.”
Very few students or teachers crossed the picket lines and went to school in Putnam County, but Hudson said for those who did, there was a learning environment.
“We tried very much to have active learning in all of our schools,” said Hudson. “Was it exactly like it would have been if school was in session? I’m sure it was not. But we did allow that choice for our parents if they so chose.”
No school buses ran during the two day strike and most of those who showed up for work and school had to cross a picket line. The activity put many educators in a difficult position and conceivably created animosity among faculty and staff members. Hudson said he hoped that would not be the case.
“I cannot say with 100 percent assurance that didn’t occur,” he said. “But I highly respect all of the employees and I believe whatever decision they made I would be hopeful all others respected that decision.”
During the 2018 teachers strike, Putnam County closed like all other counties in West Virginia for nine straight days.