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Back to School: Plans for counties to resume in-person classes

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(WTRF) – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice set the January 19 date for when elementary and middle school students should be back to in-person classes.

The State Board of Education is backing him up, mandating in-person instruction for grades Pre-K through eight, regardless of what the County Alert Map shows. 

Their ruling also says high school students should have in-person class unless the county is red on the County Alert Map.

So, what’s the plan for schools in the Northern Panhandle?


The Brooke County Board of Education will meet on Friday at 5:00 p.m. to discuss plans.


7News contacted Hancock County Schools. We were told the Superintendent was in a meeting working on re-entry and we expect a call back once plans are finalized.


Marshall County Schools will release re-entry plans on Friday afternoon.


Wheeling, W.Va. (WTRF)- Ohio County Schools announced Friday morning that they will return to in-person learning four days a week.

“We listened. We listened to our students. We listened to our teachers, our staff, and our community members, and we know how important it is to maintain our platform here.”

Kim Miller, Ohio County Schools Superintendent

Wednesday will be a remote learning for all students.

The hybrid model will begin for elementary and middle school students on January 19 for group B.

Group A and B will alternate days throughout the week.

Wheeling Park High School will be remote the week on January 18 due to exams.

High school students will begin back to in school learning on January 25 with Group A.

High School students will follow the DHHR WV Map.

Students will use Schoology online learning platform on Wednesdays to complete assignments.

Parents that are wanting to do remote learning, they need to contact the principal and make arrangements to do so. 

Ohio County is asking parents and guardians that if their child selects in person learning that they make a commitment to the full 9 weeks

In the event of school closure the Schoology Online learning platform.

This hybrid model is a nine week commitment.

Ohio County Schools have extended their enrollment to Friday January 22.


Students 8th grade and below will transition back to the classroom on a 4-day model starting on January 19. Wednesdays will be remote learning days so schools can be cleaned.

High school students will remain on remote learning because the county is currently under a “red” advisory.

Superintendent Shane Highley said the same safety precautions will be in place for students and staff. He also told 7News that all full-time staff will have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before classes resume in-person.

Our number one priority is safety. Number two is getting kids back in the classroom where learning can take place.

Shane Highley, Superintendent, Tyler County Schools


7News contacted Wetzel County schools and was told the Superintendent was in meetings working on the county’s plans and will get back to us soon.

Stay with 7News for continued updates.

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