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: 03/25/2020 4:00 p.m.)

  • Schools will remain closed until Monday, April 20, 2020… read more
  • Feeding children is our number one priority. Counties are transitioning to alternative ways to sustain service. Please continue to visit 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.

  • Forthcoming guidance regarding student engagement will be grounded in compassion, communication and common sense rather than traditional compliance measures that most are accustomed to in our education community.
  • The WVDE has requested and received a waiver to suspend all state assessments and federal accountability for the 2019-2020 school year.

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

Messages from the State Superintendent

  • March 22, 2020 – Letter to County Superintendents (View PDF)
  • March 22, 2020 – Message Regarding the Distribution of Information (View PDF)
  • 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

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