The potential spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, in West Virginia has required everyone to work within rapidly changing circumstances. With the closure of all schools in West Virginia as announced by Governor Jim Justice, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will provide ongoing updates to ensure everyone has the most current information.

Updates (last updated: 04/02/2020)

  • Schools closure has been extended through Thursday, April 30, 2020.
  • Working with Governor Justice and public health officials, the WVDE will continue to do what is best for the children of West Virginia. With the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, it is important for children and families to have hope that we will all get through this together. Additionally, the ongoing engagement by teachers who have been a consistent presence in the lives of our children for the past year is not only comforting to them but also necessary. Regardless of the extent of school closure, our professional and service personnel are committed to serving and supporting students and families through the end of the school year.

  • Feeding children is our number one priority. Counties are transitioning to alternative ways to sustain service. Please continue to visit wvde.us/COVID19 for updated information on food distribution.

  • In order to continue to receive federal funding to feed children, county school systems must continue to manage the school meals programs.  State agency and partner resources are available to support school systems with food preparation and distribution.

  • Every county will continue to assess their distribution plans and are encouraged to transition to multi-day food packs. This will also allow counties to use frozen food inventory and guidance for food preparation will be provided.

  • The WVDE will continue to assess food supply and distribution. Professional and service personnel, WVDE staff, and community organizations across the state will support county food distribution. Counties should follow normal food safety protocol and allow volunteers to assist.

  • Guidance regarding student engagement is grounded in compassion, communication and common sense rather than traditional compliance measures that most are accustomed to in our education community. Click here to read more.

  • The WVDE has received a formal waiver to suspend all state assessments and federal accountability for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information click here. To send comments, click here

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  • Contact your county office for additional information about feeding sites or meal delivery plans, and you may call 211 for general community resources to assist with basic needs.

  • Many counties are moving to more sustainable feeding plans… read more

Feeding Site Information

Governor Issues “Stay at Home” Order – March 23, 2020