FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Fayette County Schools will finally get the chance to start back in-person classes starting tomorrow, Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Fayette County Schools have been doing full remote learning since the start of school back on September 8, 2020, due to the county’s number of cases. During a press briefing yesterday, Gov. Justice unveiled more changes to the school alert map by adding a new gold color. The gold color breaks up the orange color code because it was a wide range. With this change, Fayette County is now under the gold color. The West Virginia DHHR releases daily updates to the county school alert map. This morning, Fayette County was back in the orange category based on the daily update from the DHHR. Still, on the West Virginia Department of Education map, it shows Fayette County in gold because the map will not update again until Saturday at 5 pm. If Fayette County is in orange on Saturday at 5 pm, they will not go back to school next week. If at 5 pm on Saturday Fayette County is in gold, then they will be able to go back to school the entire week next week.
Superintendent Garry Hough tells WOAY that school systems go by the Department of Education’s website and map, which still has Fayette County as gold because it only updates once a week on Saturdays at 5 pm.
Weekly map from the Department of Education.
If you would like to view how each county is trending on a daily trend, you can visit the WV DHHR’s website by clicking here.
Before yesterday, the county school alert map was based on four colors, green, yellow, orange, and red. Based on then umber of cases per 100,000 people, you would fall into one of the colors above. Last week, Gov. Justice made the switch to say no in-person classes if you fall in the orange category. If your county starts in the green, yellow, or gold color on Saturdays at 5 pm, and your county goes to orange int he middle of the week, you will still go to school and finish out the week. If your county is orange on Saturday at 5 pm, you will not go to school the following week. If your county goes into the red color at any point, you will stop in-person classes immediately and go full virtual learning until you can get back down into the gold, yellow, or green.