WV governor now allowing Christian, other private schools to open even where public schools remain closed

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

September 23, 2020

After a couple of Christian schools defied him by opening last week, Gov. Jim Justice is now allowing West Virginia religious and other private schools to reopen classrooms in counties where he’s still keeping public schools closed.

The Bible Center School, in Charleston, and Calvary Baptist Academy, in Hurricane, taught students in person last week, despite their counties being orange on the governor’s school reopening map.

Orange bans nonspecial education students from receiving in-person instruction, under the argument that COVID-19 is spreading too quickly in the surrounding county for it to be safe.


Those two schools have since ceased in-person instruction, but they, and others, may restart it under the governor’s offer.

“We’ve reached an agreement with our private schools,” Justice said Wednesday at his tri-weekly news conference.

He said that if “everyone in those schools” in orange counties gets tested, classrooms can reopen, but only to those with negative tests.