Gov Justice says schools will reopen safely on Sept 8

Educators voicing concerns on reopening schools

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Justice says schools will reopen on September 8th, and are equipped and and have safety measures in place to keep students and staff safe.

Justice went on to say that if students or parents choose not to come to school, the same quality education will be provided to them virtually.  The same goes to teachers.

In the next few days, West Virginia will develop a code system, (green, yellow, orange, or red), which will allow schools to continue to remain open or close if schools start to see an outbreak.  Once those numbers come down, then they can reopen schools.   If they don’t feel safe to return, then they can do virtual learning.

All counties will be required to submit their school plans by August 14.  They must provide 5-day a week learning and virtual learning options.  Counties must have a plan to keep students fed, even if they do online learning. In the plans, they must detail how they will keep students safe, and keep schools clean.

Gov. Justice says he will not put any kids, teachers, school personnel, or any staff member in danger.

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