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By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

July 17, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — All 55 county school systems have until Aug. 14 to submit a reentry plan to the state Department of Education using the department’s toolkit.

State School Superintendent Clayton Burch said those plans will cover a wide variety of pandemic-related issues.

“Everything from transportation to cafeterias to the classroom itself,” Burch said Thursday on MetroNews “Talkline...


By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

July 9, 2020

At almost the same moment federal officials were urging a full return to schools in the fall, West Virginia Jim Justice said the state isn’t ready and pushed back the start date to Sept. 8.

That came as West Virginia’s numbers for positives compared to overall testing, reproductive rate and hospitalizations surged alarmingly.

Two counties — Monongalia and Kanawha — reported one-day records for positive...


WV Metro News

July 7, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch is expected to update the state Board of Education about the state’s re-entry plan at Wednesday’s board meeting.

The update will come nearly four months after classes were moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Students and educators completed the spring semester virtually, and spring sports were canceled because of concerns...


By Jake Flatley, Charleston Gazette-Mail

July 7, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In an unanimous decision, members of the Kanawha County Board of Education voted to change the name of Stonewall Jackson Middle School on Monday.

The vote was 5-0 in front of a socially distanced but large crowd gathered both in the halls and outside of the board office on Elizabeth Street in...


By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

July 6, 2020

Shuttered since March, West Virginia public schools are scheduled to reopen next month, but it’s unclear how that will unfold.

Among the outstanding questions: How long will students spend in actual classrooms? How much online? How will different grade levels operate, or different subjects? What about special education? Who must wear masks? How will social distancing work, or sanitizing? What about...