State School Board could get rid of blended schedule option in Tuesday meeting

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

February 22, 2021

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday morning to discuss “in-person instruction options.”

The meeting follows Gov. Jim Justice’s new executive order allowing for full-time in-person instruction to resume in the state’s elementary and middle schools.

Justice signed the order back on Friday after announcing all school employees 50 and older who wanted a COVID-19 vaccine had received their second shots.

“From the status of our younger kids now–all the data shows, especially with all of the teachers 50 and above getting their second shots, all the data shows go to school,” Justice said.

High school in-person instruction would continue to be determined by the COVID-19 map color, according to the executive order. There are currently no counties in red on the map.

Justice urged and the state Board of Education mandated last month a return to in-person instruction but several county school districts decided to go with a blended model, where the student body is divided and students attend school twice a week and are on virtual the other two days. Justice said it’s time for the blended schedules to come to an end.