Teachers union urges West Virginia districts to start school year with distance learning

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

August 14, 2020

Based on a survey of its members, the West Virginia Education Association is asking districts to start this year with distance learning until it’s more certain schools can adhere to precautions meant to suppress the spread of coronavirus.

“Based upon that, the WVEA and its members are urging school districts to err on the side of caution and begin the school year with distance learning,” teachers union president Dale Lee said today during a virtual press conference that also streamed on social media.

Lee left open what would happen if districts don’t comply with the request.

“We will deal with those answers and work with our locals’ members in each of those districts to determine what action they want to take,” Lee said.

Asked for a timeline that he’d recommend distance learning, Lee cited at least the first grading period.