State BOE President says students will still be fed and seniors will have ‘some form’ of graduation

WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – In this time of uncertainty, West Virginia State Board of Education President Dave Perry says one thing must remain certain: Students must continue to be fed. 

“As I understand at this time, if we would go into a lockdown, those volunteers would still be permitted to go into the schools, prepare our meals and as I said, the governor’s very adamant that that would occur,” Perry said. 

Although each county is doing it differently, the state board has recommended instead of a daily delivery schedule to move to a Tuesday/Thursday schedule or a multi-feed schedule where students are given multiple meals at a time. 

“So those will be packed for a five-day period but only be delivered twice a week,” he said. 

For the seniors in high school and their families, many have expressed their concern over events like prom and graduation.

“I would say that proms will not be held, but I would say that graduations will be held in some form or fashion,” Perry said. “Some superintendents have talked about drive-thru graduations. Some have talked about smaller groups to get together to have their graduation ceremonies but definitely there will be something done for seniors in terms of graduation. That’s a memorable occasion.”

But most of this will be done on a county-by-county basis as he says what might be good for one county won’t work for another. 

“This is unprecedented times and requires extraordinary measures to make sure that the citizenry of West Virginia, students, service personnel are protected.” 

Perry says he hopes that Governor Jim Justice will make it more clear by Wednesday what his plans are for the schools moving forward.

Click here to see the plans in place for feeding for all counties.

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.