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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...


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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 ...


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 ...