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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.



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 ‘...


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...


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...


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,...