West Virginia’s school re-entry is guided by metrics developed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR).  Based on a five-color system – green, yellow, gold, orange and red – each county is assigned a color based on the prevalence of COVID-19 within their borders.

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9/12/20 Saturday Update

Color-coding system for school and school activities

Revised September 18, 2020

This map is updated each Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and will determine instructional options for each county and the  level of athletic and extra-curricular activities that are permitted.

DHHR Live Map

To view the live daily updates from WVDHHR, please visit the West Virginia Department of  Health & Human Resources website and click the County Alert System tab.

School Alert System Protocols – Download PDF
Tuesday, September 15, Map Details – Revised
Green
Minimal Community Transmission

3 or FEWER CASES of INFECTION PER 100,000 or 3% OR LESS POSITIVITY RATE
(on a 7-day rolling average)
Yellow
Increased Community Transmission

3.1 - 9.9 CASES of INFECTION PER 100,000 or 4% OR LESS POSITIVITY RATE
(on a 7-day rolling average)
Gold
Elevated Community Transmission

10 - 14.9 CASES of INFECTION PER 100,000 or 5% OR LESS POSITIVITY RATE
(on a 7-day rolling average)
Orange
Heightened Community Transmission

15 - 24.9 CASES of INFECTION PER 100,000
Red
Substantial Community Transmission

25 AND ABOVE CASES of INFECTION PER 100,000
Instruction
  • Continue best health practices to prevent the spread of disease as outlined in the WVDE Re-entry Toolkit which can be found here.

  • Limit activities where social distancing is not feasible.

  • Engage community to actively participate in continued mitigation.
  • Increase student cohorting by limiting exposure outside of core groups.

  • Limit assemblies or large group activities where social distancing is not possible.

  • Local education leaders work with county health officials to determine if increased mitigation and community engagement activities are necessary to prevent escalation of disease.
  • Increase student cohorting by limiting exposure of core groups.

  • No assemblies or large group activities.

  • Local education leaders work with county health officials to determine if increased mitigation and community engagement activities are necessary to prevent escalation of disease.
  • Suspend in-person instruction and activate remote learning following the release of the Saturday Metric map.

  • Staff continues essential student support services including meals, student engagement and special education services.
  • Suspend in-person instruction and begin remote learning the next school day. All school-related activities are suspended immediately.

  • Staff continues essential student support services including meals, student engagement and special education services.
Face Covering Requirements
  • Require face coverings* for grades 3 and above on buses and in congregant settings (outside of core groups) where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Require face coverings for grades 3-5 on buses and in congregant settings (outside of core groups) where social distancing cannot be maintained. Require face coverings for grades 6 and above at all times.
  • Require face coverings at all times for grades 3-12.
  • Require face coverings at all times for grades 3-12 when school services are required or needed.
  • Require face coverings at all times for grades 3-12 when school services are required or needed.
Athletic & Extra-curricular Activity Guidance
  • Athletic and extra-curricular activities permit immediate household family members and grandparents.

  • According to WVSSAC guidelines cheerleaders and bands may participate at home games.
  • Athletic and extra-curricular activities permit immediate household family members and grandparents.

  • According to WVSSAC guidelines cheerleaders and bands may participate at home games.
  • Athletic and extra-curricular activities permit parents/guardians only.

  • According to WVSSAC guidelines cheerleaders and bands may participate at home games.

  • Schools can only compete in-county or with other gold counties.
  • Athletic and extra-curricular activities limited to conditioning only as defined by WVSSAC.

  • Marching band activities must be limited to outdoors only. Instruments permitted only when students are stationary and distanced in pods.
  • All school-related athletic and extra-curricular activities are suspended immediately.

REMEMBER THE 3 Cs: AVOID CLOSE, CONSTANT CONTACT.

Counties that choose remote learning contrary to the guidance issued by the WVDHHR and WVDE will automatically place themselves in red. As a result, all in-person instruction, and extra-curricular and athletic activities will be suspended.

*This guidance reinforces face coverings unless they aggravate existing health conditions.
If COVID-19 levels increase steadily within color bands according to WV DHHR data, counties should consider increased protocols beyond these requirements.

Face Covering Requirements

Athletic & Extra-curricular Activity Guidance

Face Covering Requirements

Athletic & Extra-curricular Activity Guidance

Face Covering Requirements

Athletic & Extra-curricular Activity Guidance

Face Covering Requirements

Athletic & Extra-curricular Activity Guidance

Face Covering Requirements

Athletic & Extra-curricular Activity Guidance

REMEMBER THE 3 Cs: AVOID CLOSE, CONSTANT CONTACT.

Counties that choose remote learning contrary to the guidance issued by the WVDHHR and WVDE will automatically place themselves in red. As a result, all in-person instruction, and extra-curricular and athletic activities will be suspended.

*This guidance reinforces face coverings unless they aggravate existing health conditions.
If COVID-19 levels increase steadily within color bands according to WV DHHR data, counties should consider increased protocols beyond these requirements.