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Kanawha County School Board votes on reopening plan

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 5:47 PM EDT
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The Kanawha County School Board voted Monday on their re-entry plan amid the coronavirus pandemic, and for at least the first three weeks of the 2020-2021 school year, students will not be in the classroom five days a week.

The first day of class is set to begin Sept. 8, per Gov. Jim Justice.

Kanawha School Board members unanimously approved a plan Monday evening in which students in Kanawha County will return the first week with a staggered schedule, meaning students will only have in-person instruction one day that week. The day they go will depend on which grade they are in.

The following two weeks will be a blended learning model, meaning students will receive two days of in-person instruction and will participate in virtual learning the other three days.

After the first three weeks of the school year, board members says students will return to a five-day-a-week in-person instruction schedule for the remainder of the fall term. Superintendent Tom Williams says things could change if COVID-19 cases significantly increase before then.

Families will have the option to do virtual or eLearning from home if they do not feel safe sending their children back into the classroom.

“This is all uncharted territory for all of us,” Williams said. “We have to take it one day at a time. Some days it’s even one hour at a time.”

Capital High School 10th grader Molly Bowen says she’s leaning toward getting her education at home this fall.

“It’s kind of scary, just because we can get exposed to it really quickly,” Bowen said. “There are a lot of kids at Capital, and I feel like we could get exposed.”

Williams says parents can select whether they want their kids in school or doing online learning only by filling out a form on the Kanawha County Schools website from Aug. 4 through Aug. 10. They’re asking parents to make every effort to do that to help them plan for staffing.

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