For thousands of children it was a welcome extra day off school. For their parents it was a nightmare - with last minute child care, often proving impossible to find.
Today's strike by schoolteachers closed dozens of schools.
Others were badly affected as staff walked out in the long, ongoing dispute over a range of issues including pay and conditions.
This is how our region has been affected:
There were 35 schools closed or partially closed in Buckinghamshire - 96 in Oxfordshire - 36 in Berkshire - 89 in Surrey - 32 in Wiltshire and 64 in Hampshire. Sally Simmonds has more.
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