The West Virginia teacher walkout will enter its fourth day on Tuesday.
Teacher unions and lawmakers have yet to come to an agreement on how to end the work stoppage which started last Thursday.
Berkeley County Education Association President and teacher Wendy Bird said teachers in the state are asking for two things. First, she said educators want relief from healthcare costs.
"Our insurance is going up immensely," she said.
Second, she said West Virginia teachers need an increase in pay. Currently, West Virginia teachers make, on average, less than their peers in neighboring DMV states, according to the Department of Education.
"Most of the teachers are getting second jobs or if they're married, their husband has a second job," she said. "Most of them have to have a second job just to survive."
Local parents, like Chris Gatton, say they have been left with mixed feelings
"You have to get baby sitters figured out for that (school break), but I completely back it up 100 percent," he said. "Teachers don't get enough credit around here."
Governor Jim Justice also stopped by Spring Mills High School in Martinsburg to talk to teachers Monday. He said he was committed to finding a way to help the state's teachers. However, he also tweeted to teachers: "I think you need to be back in the classroom tomorrow."