Superintendent statement on school reentry

BUCKHANNON — Superintendent of Upshur County Schools Dr. Sara Stankus issued the following statement Thursday in regard to the COVID-19 “Reentry to Recovery Guidance” that was released by the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia State Board of Education. Stankus emphasized, “We must remember the information released today was guidance only and circumstances change daily. It was not a mandate that all school districts must adopt.” 

Dr. Stankus explained, “Our new state Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Clayton Burch is very focused on what is best for the children.  He also understands that every County in West Virginia is faced with difficult challenges and varying resources.  He has given us the flexibility to submit plans that work best for each school system. Upshur County Schools has an existing Reentry Advisory Council consisting of various community stakeholders, students and experts.  Our Advisory Council will develop the reentry plan for Upshur County Schools and will share the details very soon.  If you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to send me an email at [email protected]

The statement continued, “Our Upshur County Board of Education is very focused on doing the best for our children.  We will be implementing one-to-one Apple computer devices for every student.  We will return to school in August with a renewed and creative focus on teaching and learning.  Please be assured that the health and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities.  With this in mind, we will continue to work with our community partners to develop a safe and equitable reentry plan for Upshur County Schools.  Our students deserve the best education possible!  With the assistance of our teachers, cooks, custodians, nurses, bus drivers, aides, secretaries, principals and most importantly our parents, grandparents and families, we will continue to be Upshur Strong!”



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