Message from West Virginia Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch
When Governor Jim Justice closed schools on March 16, 2020, life changed for most West Virginians. COVID-19 was advancing across the nation, and it was only a matter of time before cases of the disease would be confirmed in the state. All sectors and institutions had to react and regroup as the 267,000-plus children in our state moved to a remote learning model, and families would instantly become homeschoolers working with teachers to keep students engaged… read more
Possible Re-Entry Scenarios
County boards of education are presently undertaking the important task of developing school re-entry plans that best address the needs and safety of their students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The West Virginia Department of Education has proposed various scenarios and considerations that counties may contemplate when determining re-entry. This guidance has been designed to offer flexibility within the fluid nature of COVID-19 in the state. This gives counties a range of allowances when deciding what their particular school days will look like for the upcoming school year.
The West Virginia Department of Education has worked closely with the COVID-19 Outbreak to Recovery Advisory Council to vet, review and inform guidance for school re-entry in the fall and the recovery of the education system through the year 2021 and beyond. The product of this work has been distilled into nine focus areas to serve as a framework for counties to consider when making local-level decisions.
The information is forthcoming.
The West Virginia Board Education and county superintendents joined the WVDE and more than 40 national and state agencies and organizations to serve as partners in developing the re-entry and recovery plans for West Virginia. These partners continue to provide insight, research support and expertise as the pandemic evolves in the state. The fluid nature of the virus and its impact on our schools and communities require the council of partners to remain engaged moving forward to support counties with guidance.