Mercer County classified as orange days before start of school year

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Mercer County Schools says students will not have in-person instruction after the county recently dropped to the orange classification.

Counties with orange and red levels are required to begin the school year with remote learning and cannot transition to in-person or blended learning models until moving to yellow or green.

Superintendent Dr. Deborah Akers says classes will not meet in person and there will be no bus transportation. Parents can pick up devices for their children next week by following the schedule below:

Tuesday, Sept. 8:

  • 8:30-9:15 – Last names starting with A
  • 9:30-11:00 – Last names starting with B
  • 12:00-1:30 – Last names starting with C
  • 1:45-2:45 – Last names starting with D

Wednesday, Sept. 9:

  • 8:30-9:15 – Last names starting with E & F
  • 9:30-11:00 – Last names starting with G
  • 12:00-1:30 – Last names starting with H
  • 1:45-2:45 – Last names starting with I, J & K

Thursday, Sept. 10:

  • 8:30-9:15 – Last names starting with L
  • 9:30-11:00 – Last names starting with M
  • 12:00-1:30 – Last names starting with N & O
  • 1:45-2:45 – Last names starting with P & Q

Friday, Sept. 11:

  • 8:30-9:15 – Last names starting with R
  • 9:30-11:00 – Last names starting with S
  • 12:00-1:30 – Last names starting with T, U & V
  • 1:45-2:45 – Last names starting with W, X, Y & Z

If you are unable to go to the school during your scheduled pick-up time, contact the principal of the school.

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