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September 1, 2020

By Brad McElhiny, WV MetroNews

September 1, 2020

Gov. Jim Justice offered teams with games canceled because of coronavirus spread a chance to play if everyone got a negative test. But three counties said thanks but no thanks almost immediately.

Kanawha County Schools  decided not to participate in testing student athletes, band members or dance team members this week for the one-time option to play or perform, according to a news release.

Kanawha...

September 3, 2020

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

September 3, 2020

West Virginia’s two big teachers unions are both questioning whether it’s really safe for classroom instruction to resume next week, asking whether there’s enough personal protective equipment.

“My concern is that we’re really not ready,” said Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association.

In a separate interview, AFT-West Virginia’s Fred Albert said, “I think there’s a tremendous...

September 4, 2020

By Mike Nolting, WV MetroNews

September 4, 2020

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Education Association is offering to take legal action against the state if  Monongalia County Schools are not allowed to maintain a class format for an extended period.

WVEA President Dale Lee and Heather Deluca-Nestor, president of the Monongalia County Education Association, met with school system Superintendent Ed Campbell on Thursday to discuss the first day of...

September 16, 2020

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

September 15, 2020

“We are angry that our state leaders continue to manipulate the color-coded map guiding the re-opening of school,” stated WVEA President Dale Lee. “Employees and parents need to have a system with continuity and stability in order to make plans and facilitate
learning.”

The WVEA statement went on to say, “The continued tweaking of our school reentry guidelines from day to day does not instill...

September 18, 2020

By Lucas Manfield and Gabriella Brown, Mountain State Spotlight

September 18, 2020

In August, Gov. Jim Justice introduced West Virginia’s parents, teachers and coaches to a new Saturday night ritual: refreshing a state website for updates to the color-coded map that would determine whether ballfields and schoolhouses would be open the following week. 

State officials modeled the map after ...

September 23, 2020

--New York Times

Schools are not islands, and so it was inevitable that when students and teachers returned this fall to classrooms, coronavirus cases would follow them.

But more than a month after the first school districts welcomed students back for in-person instruction, it is nearly impossible to tally a precise figure of how many cases have been identified in schools.

There is no federal effort to monitor coronavirus cases in schools, and ...

September 24, 2020

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

September 23, 2020

After a couple of Christian schools defied him by opening last week, Gov. Jim Justice is now allowing West Virginia religious and other private schools to reopen classrooms in counties where he’s still keeping public schools closed.

The Bible Center School, in Charleston, and Calvary Baptist Academy, in Hurricane, taught...

September 25, 2020

By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 25, 2020

At West Virginia University, 65 students infected with COVID-19 were housed inside Arnold Apartments, a campus residence, as of Sept. 15.

But by the next day, the number was down to one — at least in the eyes of the state.

It wasn’t a miraculous recovery, but, instead, a change in how West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice chooses to count cases involving college students isolating on campus...

September 29, 2020

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

September 28, 2020

With the latest West Virginia version of the COVID-19 risk map looking markedly different from the original Harvard Global Health Institute map, Gov. Jim Justice took umbrage Monday to suggestions the state is manipulating the map to reopen public schools more quickly.

“I really probably would take terrible offense to someone who would say we are manipulating the numbers,” Justice said during...