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By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

State officials say they’re still “prioritizing” vaccinating West Virginia school employees. But, at least when it comes to younger school workers, the state appears to be prioritizing others even more.

More than a week after the classroom reopening date he called for, Gov. Jim Justice still hasn’t provided even a rough estimation of when most school workers under 50 will start being vaccinated.

And he suggested Friday that...


Public school employees are angry by the announced changes in the vaccine rollout by the Joint Interagency Taskforce for Vaccine Distribution. The state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Plan categorizes school employees as essential workers and are prioritized as such.  The following statement can be attributed to WVEA President Dale Lee.

“The state has broken its promise in prioritizing public school employees in the vaccination rollout by stopping delivery of vaccines to...



CHARLESTON – Judge Carrie Webster denied the temporary restraining order (TRO) filed by the West Virginia Education Association. Citing safety concerns, the need for vaccinations and the potential harm to students, educators and their families, WVEA filed the TRO and an injunction in response to the unilateral decision to re-open schools. WVEA’s TRO was consolidated with a similar case filed by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Judge Webster noted this is...


By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

January 26, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia 2021 Teacher of the Year Erin Anderson says some people have told her they feel sorry for her because she’s received a top honor during a pandemic but she says she believes it’s the perfect time to represent teachers.

Anderson, a fifth grade teacher at Tennerton Elementary School in Upshur County, was in Charleston Monday to pick-up the Toyota Rav4 she’ll have use of during...


By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

January 22, 2021

Three West Virginia counties that were holdouts on state guidance to return to classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic have changed their plans.

Marion, Taylor and Gilmer counties were the last three considered out of compliance with a state requirement to end remote instruction in most cases. Under state pressure, though, each county’s board met over the last couple of days to agree on change.