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March 2, 2020

WV MetroNews

March 2, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Clayton Burch, the newly named West Virginia superintendent of schools believes in a bright future for state schools, even if he is not in the same position for it.

Burch was named to the position without an interim or acting superintendent tag on February 21 in an emergency meeting to...

March 6, 2020

By Jake Flatley, WV MetroNews

March 6, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kanawha County or West Virginia yet, the state’s largest school system is taking precautions.

Kanawha County Schools released its plan on Thursday for dealing with the COVID-19 virus, also known as the novel coronavirus...

March 10, 2020

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

March 10, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There remain no confirmed novel coronavirus cases in West Virginia despite several in surrounding states.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources said Monday that five cases have been tested, two came have come back negative and three others are pending. Those samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control. The state Bureau of Public Health received...

March 12, 2020

By Sarah Schwartz, Education Week

March 12, 2020

Students should know that their voices can make a difference, say some of the nation's top teachers. 

That's the message coming from winners of the Milken Educator Awards, an annual contest for the nation's teachers, principals, and other K-12 instructional professionals. 

For more than three decades, the Milken Family Foundation has recognized educators across the country with the award for...

March 13, 2020

You can find the WVDE's guidance on COVID-19 and the closure of schools here: https://wvde.us/covid19/school-guidance/

March 14, 2020

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Education announced today that they have updated the statewide school closure plan, originally announced Friday, March 13, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OVERVIEW:

  • All schools will remain closed to students through at...
March 17, 2020

By Megan Bsharah, WCHS

March 17, 2020

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. — On Friday, Governor Jim Justice closed all schools across West Virginia for at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, teachers are trying to make sure every student has access to their school work, even if they don't have Internet access at home.

Hallways and classrooms are empty in Putnam County, as all schools are closed for at least two weeks from concerns over the spread of coronavirus...

March 19, 2020

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

March 19, 2020

West Virginia’s state schools superintendent said the state is canceling the annual public school statewide standardized testing this spring due to the governor closing down all schools in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Superintendent Clayton Burch said testing is off even though the U.S. Education Department hasn’t yet granted or rejected his request that West Virginia be exempted...

March 20, 2020

Charleston, W. Va. In response to the declaration of a State of Emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of State Mac Warner encourages West Virginians to take advantage of absentee by mail and early voting options ahead of the May 12 Primary Election. 

 

Warner announced Wednesday that voters who do not wish to vote in person due to the Coronavirus pandemic are eligible to request an absentee ballot by mail. Voters may still vote...

March 24, 2020

By Jake Flatley, WV MetroNews

March 24, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The feeding program for the state’s largest school district, Kanawha County Schools, is back on after being suspended on Sunday evening due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The school district announced late Monday afternoon that it will relaunch the program, including bus...

March 25, 2020

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

March 25, 2020

West Virginia wasn’t going to do public school statewide standardized testing either way this spring, the state superintendent has said, but now the U.S. Education Department has said the state won’t face repercussions.

Current high school juniors, who get a free SAT each spring because it’s the standardized test for that grade, are planned to instead get that free college entrance exam in the fall,...

March 25, 2020

The WVDE released the following FAQ and responses based on the COVID-19 health emergency status as of 3/24/2020. 

Q1. How should county boards handle paying their spring sport coaches given shortened/canceled seasons?

A1. Spring sports and practices were underway prior to the health emergency closure of schools. Even if the seasons are shortened/canceled, county boards should honor the spring sports coaching contracts since services were rendered. The contract amounts do not...

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