Dept. of ED County Alert Map to be released at 5 pm instead of 9 pm on Saturdays

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Justice and State Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch announced that, in an effort to provide more preparation time for students, parents, teachers, and service personnel, the release time for the West Virginia Department of Education’s Saturday County Alert Map has been moved up to 5 p.m.

For the past two weeks, the map had been released at 9 p.m.

“We’re going to back that up to give you a few more hours to line up what you would need for the next week if your county would happen to slip into orange,” Gov. Justice said.

“On Saturday night, we had 3,700 people per minute trying to log on to look at the map, so we know how important it is to everybody,” Superintendent Burch said. “We’ve also heard from many parents who have indicated that earlier would be better.”

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