MARCH 24, 2021 UPDATE FROM GOVERNOR JUSTICE:
On March 24, 2021, Governor Jim Justice announced that all West Virginia schools, including elementary, middle, and high schools, may be open for in-person instruction and/or extracurricular activities without regard to the designation of the school's county on the DHHR County Alert System. This guidance is provided in coordination between school districts and their local health departments to manage any limitations to in-person instruction if needed.
On December 30, 2020, Governor Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced revised guidance regarding in-person instruction effective, Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
Beginning January 19, students in grades Pre-K through 8 will return to in-person learning five days each week. Students in grades 9 through 12 will also return to in-person instruction five days each week as long as Putnam County is not red on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) County Alert System Map.
From January 4 through January 15, all West Virginia counties will move to remote learning. Educators and school staff will use this two-week period to prepare for the return to in-person instruction. Families have the option to keep their children in virtual learning if that is their current chosen learning model regardless of changes to in-person instruction.
The revisions mean the WVDE’s Saturday Education Map will no longer be published and, instead, the daily WV DHHR County Alert System Map will guide high school in-person instruction which can be found HERE.
The revised WVDE guidance incorporates updated practices supported by the state Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), state health leaders, and the Centers for Disease Control. Children benefit from in-person instruction, and when mitigation is implemented and enforced, it is safe for them to do so. Heightened transmission rates experienced in communities have not been reflected within the schools. In-person instruction will be implemented on a consistent basis across the state with the following mitigations in place:
- Consistent and correct use of masks
- Hand hygiene and coughing/sneezing etiquette
- Social distancing to the largest extent
- Eliminate large gatherings outside of classroom/core groups
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Contact tracing in collaboration with local health departments
If remote learning is required for grades 9 through 12, essential student support services including meals, engagement for at-risk students, and all special education services will continue.
For more information on School Recovery please visit the WVDE Website.