McDowell departments assisting in back to school safety to begin school year

MCDOWELL COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – McDowell County was able to bring students who opted for in-person learning back this week to begin the new year.

McDowell was in the yellow as of last Saturday, and will hope to continue with in-person learning as the year progresses. There are increased measures being taken to ensure student safety, both inside and outside of schools.

“While there are a lot of people that are taking advantage of the virtual classes, we still have people that are attending school,” said Kimball Chief of Police S.P. “Pat” McKinney. “The school zones are still in effect, and the flashing yellow lights still mean 15 miles per hour. The Kimball Police Department, along with other McDowell County agencies, are going to be out in the school zones. We’re going to be enforcing that school zone.”

The police department will be enforcing traffic laws to prevent students from getting hurt.