CHARLESTON — Officials with the West Virginia Department of Education and state Board of Education will leave it up to local counties and schools when it comes to dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks.
State Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch, state Board of Education Vice President Tom Campbell, and WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan held a press conference Wednesday at the Department of Education offices in Charleston.
“Our children have had one heck of a year. In and out of school, the lack of consistency. Some virtual and some remote. Some live,” Burch said. “Knowing what we know from the pandemic, the goal is to be consistent. The goal is to make it safe for more children to be in-person.”
The Department of Education released its school recovery and guidance plan Wednesday. The guidance was crafted and put into place for summer school programs across the state, as well as summer sports conditioning programs.
Burch said school will start in-person in all 55 counties this fall. Decisions on whether to stay open or go to remote learning during instances of high virus transmission will be left up to county superintendents and county health departments, though any days lost will have to be made up.