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August 4, 2020

By WCHS TV

August 4, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — The West Virginia Department of Education is offering training courses for teachers and staff around the state aimed at helping engage students in school lessons.

The WVDE Instructional Support Professional Learning Forum is a virtual training opportunity that is being offered until Friday.

The program offers around 100 online learning sessions that go through a variety of topics to help...

August 7, 2020

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

August 7, 2020

Superintendents of West Virginia’s county school systems say newly-described state guidelines mesh with what they’ve already been working toward.

But the superintendent of Monongalia County Schools did say it seems like the latest state guidance came together without much hint of what they would be.

Gov. Jim Justice released what his administration called a reopening plan on Wednesday. It included a...

August 10, 2020

Opinion, Charleston Gazette-Mail

August 10, 2020

The pandemic in West Virginia is not headed in the right direction. It took us three months to reach 2,500 West Virginians with COVID-19, one month to double that to 5,000, and, at our current rate, we will top 10,000 by late August.

We are seeing outbreaks related to travel, churches and bars. Disease is spreading through intergenerational families. Hospitalizations, patients in intensive care and the...

August 14, 2020

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

August 14, 2020

Based on a survey of its members, the West Virginia Education Association is asking districts to start this year with distance learning until it’s more certain schools can adhere to precautions meant to suppress the spread of coronavirus.

“Based upon that, the WVEA and its members are urging school districts to err on the side of caution and begin the school year with distance learning,” teachers union...

August 17, 2020

By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

August 17, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — County clerks across West Virginia have begun accepting absentee ballot requests for the general election, a new option for many voters compared to previous election seasons.

Registered voters will not receive an application to receive a ballot like the June primary election, but they can cite the coronavirus pandemic as a reason for voting by mail.

According to ...

August 18, 2020

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

August 18, 2020

As a high school civics teacher and a state delegate, Cody Thompson had a prime opportunity to ask a very practical question: How can social distancing be accomplished in an aging school with 28 students in the classroom?

“Is it, like, six feet between students? Can I put them in rows?” Thompson, a Democrat from Randolph County, asked state Superintendent Clayton Burch.

Burch responded in detail,...

August 20, 2020

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

August 20, 2020

Estimates suggest parents and caregivers of West Virginia pre-K through 12th-grade public school students are overwhelmingly sending their children back into classrooms this fall, despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to the state Department of Education.

Despite an online-only option offered to all, state Schools Superintendent Clayton Burch said Wednesday the latest numbers project that...

August 26, 2020

As we face the many challenges of opening West Virginia schools under pandemic conditions, we must not lose sight of underlying problems arising from other causes. High among those problems is the matter of keeping schools adequately staffed with competent professionals and service personnel.

The demographics are alarming.

With West Virginia’s aging population, it is no surprise that our school personnel are also maturing. According to information from the state Department of...

August 28, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools is urging parents to check the state’s county alert system Saturday at 9 a.m. to see how their child’s school district will be allowed to operate.

During a COVID-19 press briefing Friday, Superintendent Clayton Burch said this Saturday will be the board of education’s first official ‘...