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September-03-2020

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-01-2020

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...

August-28-2020

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 ‘...

August-26-2020

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...

August-20-2020

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...

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