According to the West Virginia Department of Education, the state has 86 COVID-19 school outbreaks.
School systems across W.Va. have been attempting to balance health concerns with the benefits of classroom instruction.
The state Department of Education defines an outbreak as multiple cases involving at least 10 percent of students, teachers or staff within a specified core group such as a classroom or a sports team. An outbreak may also be defined as at least three cases within a core group.
Fifty-three counties now have mask requirements in public schools. The counties that don’t have such mandates are Putnam and Pocahontas. A week ago, only 29 counties had mask requirements in place.