West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee is calling for Gov. Jim Justice to put students in West Virginia schools on remote education schedules until after Christmas break.
In a statement, Lee said “We applaud the governor’s recognition that something must be done to curb the increase in coronavirus cases in the state and we agree with him on shifting to remote learning after Thanksgiving, but we do not believe his actions go far enough.”
Justice announced last Friday that the first three days of the week after Thanksgiving would be all remote instruction statewide in hopes of curbing any possible COVID-19 outbreaks caused by holiday gatherings.
Justice said there’s a “downside” to the WVEA’s plan when he was asked about it at his coronavirus media briefing Monday.
Justice said Monday schools remain safe places for students. He said there are currently 21 school outbreaks involving 118 cases. He said remote education effectiveness also remains an issue.
Lee said Justice should follow the lead of the state’s colleges and universities and shift to remote learning after the holidays to slow the spread of coronavirus.