All 55 counties closed again on Friday

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- All 55 West Virginia counties have canceled school once again.

Friday will mark the seventh day of a statewide teacher strike, and the second day after teacher and service personnel union leaders said that teachers should return back to school.

Wednesday evening, the House of Delegates passed a bill that would give a five percent pay raise to teachers, service personnel and State Police.

Teachers and school service personnel told 5 News on Thursday that if the bill did not pass in the Senate, they would rally again on Friday. They also said they wanted more done to "fix" the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

On Thursday, Senate President Mitch Carmichael said he wants to take the $58 million that Governor Jim Justice planned to use for the pay raise bill and use it to fix PEIA instead.

The pay raise bill was sent to the Senate Finance Committee, but finance committee members are not expected to meet about it on Thursday.

During a press conference regarding the opioid crisis, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he was prepared to take legal action if the strike continued much longer.