West Virginia’s largest school system lays out coronavirus plan

By Jake Flatley, WV MetroNews

March 6, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kanawha County or West Virginia yet, the state’s largest school system is taking precautions.

Kanawha County Schools released its plan on Thursday for dealing with the COVID-19 virus, also known as the novel coronavirus, should it reach West Virginia. Officials from the school district said they are working closely with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department (KCHD) and it resulted in the guidelines.

Dr. Ron Duerring, the Kanawha County Schools Superintendent told the media on Thursday that the district has the children’s best interests at heart, like always.

“We’re doing everything to try and keep our buildings clean, wiping down surfaces, doing a little extra of that,” he said.

“We’re working with our children to make sure they are washing their hands and doing the things they need to do to keep everyone safe.”

The plan includes the regular cleaning and disinfecting of desks, computer keyboards, doorknobs, water fountains and other frequently touched surfaces within the schools. The cleaning is the same precautions the school has been doing during flu season, per release.