AFT-W.Va. sends FOIA request to state school superintendent regarding Jan. 19 return to in-person learning

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Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 11:08 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The American Federation of Teachers - West Virginia on Monday sent a Freedom of Information request to West Virginia Schools State Superintendent Clayton Burch.

According to the letter, posted on the organization’s website, the documents are regarding the return to school for some students across the state beginning Jan. 19.

The letter, signed by AFT-W.Va. President Fred Albert, requests the following:

  • A copy of the letter, signed by all 55 county superintendents, asking for the return to face-to-face instruction for elementary and middle school.
  • Data regarding confirmed school related COVID-19 cases and outbreaks.
  • All school grading data or the aggregate data referenced stating that one-third of students who are using remote or virtual learning are failing.

The requests come after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced the return to school for middle and elementary students to in-person learning after citing students failing core classes and a minimal rate of spread or outbreaks within schools.

The West Virginia Education Association also discussed safety concerns about returning to in-person classes on Jan. 19. Tap here for more.

WSAZ reached out to the WVDE for a comment on this story. As soon as we hear back we will let you know.

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