Upshur Co. Schools prepare for four-day instruction March 1


BUCKHANNON— On Tuesday, February 23, the Upshur County Board of Education finalized plans to return to in-person instruction following the guidelines set forth by the West Virginia Board of Education. Beginning Monday, March 1, Upshur County students will return to four-day instruction, pending the approval of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) waiver of five full days of instruction.

According to the WVDE, “Waivers are available for counties that are utilizing their own teachers for both in-person and full-time remote students participating in locally designed remote programs.” Upshur County currently has 917 full-time remote students taught by Upshur County teachers. In order to allow sufficient time to support the needs of all students, remote Wednesdays and a 2:00 p.m. dismissal are necessary. Upshur County Schools submitted a waiver request to the State Superintendent on Wednesday, February 24.

All grade levels, Pre-K through 12, will return to school four days per week beginning Monday, March 1. Although remote learning will remain an option, we hope that all of our students will return to in-person learning. Dr. Tammy Samples, Upshur County Board of Education President noted, “All students will be provided the opportunity for success regardless of the delivery model employed. We are going to work with our families and students to ensure all students end the 2020-2021 school year ‘Upshur Strong’!”

The Upshur County Board of Education emphasizes the importance of following the mitigation strategies, which have shown to be effective in keeping our schools safe. These strategies include:

  • Consistent use of face coverings.
  • Hand hygiene.
  • Social distancing to the largest extent.
  • Eliminate large group gatherings outside of classrooms.
  • Proper cleaning and disinfection.
  • Contact tracing in collaboration with local health departments.

Upshur County Schools Superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus said, “This is the moment for which we have all been preparing. Administrative staff and employees are excited to welcome our students ‘home’.”

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