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W.Va. BOE Delays Action on Counties Not Offering In-Person Learning

Today, West Virginia Board of Education members delayed any action on counties that have not complied with the Department of Education’s decision to resume in-person learning.

State School Superintendent Clayton Burch initially said seven counties have not offered in-person learning this week. During an emergency meeting of the board today, Burch revised that assessment to 3 counties.

Berkeley, Jefferson and Monongalia counties adopted in-person learning options during county meetings last night. Harrison County announced an in-person option to begin Monday.

Gilmer, Marion and Taylor counties have not offered an in-person curriculum. The counties have meetings on the subject scheduled for this week.

“I believe we must continue to insist that counties comply with W.Va. Board of Education motion adopted on January 13th,” Burch concluded in his report to state board members.

The state BOE gave a green light for county school systems to resume in-person instruction this week.

Under the motion, pre-kindergarten through eight grade students may attend in-person instruction regardless of the county’s color the alert map issued by the state department of health and human resources.

County wide remote learning was scrapped by the state, but counties do have the option for a blended learning model.

State Board President Miller Hall said today was too soon to act on the matter.

“I really don’t think we need to make a motion today,” Hall said. “I think we need to wait.”

The W.Va. BOE will meet again on Tuesday.



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