Meals program, distance learning, graduation all top of mind for WVDE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A task force has been put together to ensure that West Virginia’s class of 2020 gets a proper send-off from high school, when the time is right.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice said in-person school is out for the summer. Virtual classes will continue through the end of the year.

The last day of school will be determined by individual counties.

Justice and State Superintendent Clayton Burch said the governor’s office and the state Department of Education will work with counties to create graduation ceremonies when and if it is safe to do so.

A news release from the WVDE says, “a Graduation Taskforce, which consists of West Virginia Board of Education members, county administrators, state PTA members, educators and WVDE staff, continues to address issues surrounding high school graduation and creating a smooth transition for graduates moving toward the next phases of their lives. Issues include dual credit and Advanced Placement credit, free virtual schools, and CTE credentials as well as developing meaningful, end-of-year recognitions and celebrations for high school seniors. Counties will work with their boards of education and local health departments to determine details around graduation ceremonies which may look very different than in years past. The WVDE will post updated school calendar information this week at wvde.us/COVID19.”