As new WV school year approaches, concerns, questions remain about unreleased plans

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

July 6, 2020

Shuttered since March, West Virginia public schools are scheduled to reopen next month, but it’s unclear how that will unfold.

Among the outstanding questions: How long will students spend in actual classrooms? How much online? How will different grade levels operate, or different subjects? What about special education? Who must wear masks? How will social distancing work, or sanitizing? What about students and employees with health concerns?

The answers may be different in different counties. The state has provided little related guidance.

The few tentative recommendations the state Department of Education has released came before the nation started setting daily case record highs last week.

Last last month, the department began requesting public input through surveys, which close Friday.