WV schools say to plan on non-traditional schedule for upcoming school year

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – The West Virginia Board of Education says to expect changes to the upcoming school year due to COVID-19.

State School Superintendent Clayton Burch discussed the re-entry of schools during a state Board of Education meeting.

Board of Education members have three different scenarios.

Scenario one would have schools operate on a four-day school week.  Students would eat meals in their classrooms.  Other resources would be brought to the classroom, and congregating areas would be off-limits.

Scenario two would be for high schools and possibly middle schools.  It would be a blended-hybrid model with two days of learning inside the classroom, and the rest of the week would be virtual.  Districts would get to decide on which schedule they would operate on.

Scenario three would be all virtual learning, and no students returning to campus.

Nothing has been finalized on the exact plan, but students will not likely return for a five day school week.  The fifth day could be used as a cleaning day.

Other measures that could take place would be limited time on buses, wearing masks, hand washing, and limited field trips.

The official decision and guidelines would be decided on within a month.

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