CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVNS) – Public schools across West Virginia are closed for a seventh day following an educator walkout. 

At 6 p.m. Thursday all 55 counties across the Mountain State were officially closed for Friday, March 2. 

The statewide work stoppage comes after the West Virginia Senate announced Thursday afternoon they will not take up and vote on the teacher, state employee pay raise bill. 

Senate President Mitch Carmichael said their main focus right now must be on PEIA and not pay raises. Carmichael reportedly wants to use the $58 million of state revenue projections toward funding PEIA. 

It’s unclear how long the work stoppage will last. 

Stay with 59 News for the latest on this developing story.