Staffing issues the root cause of Monongalia County Schools remaining remote

By Mike Nolting, WV MetroNews

December 10, 2020

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Schools in Monongalia County will remain in remote mode until January 4. Deputy Superintendent Donna Talerico said on MetroNews affiliate WAJR that the decision was difficult, but key factors forced them into the decision.

As isolation and quarantine numbers grew, the number of available substitute teachers virtually disappeared, crippling the school system’s ability to provide quality k through 12 instruction.

“The delivery of our programs was suffering and not enough substitutes for that matter,” Talerico said. ” To make sure everyone feels confident- our students, our parents and our staff.”

COVID-19 exposures in Monongalia County school buildings have been proportionally minor for a school system that last reported about 12,000 students. Talerico believes community spread has been responsible for the cases they have reported.