Marshall County Schools announces re-entry Sept. 8, options for in-person AND virtual class

Marshall County

MARSHALL COUNTY, W.VA. (WTRF) — Marshall County Schools announced options Wednesday to re-enter September 8th, following Governor Jim Justice’s orders. Parents will have the option for their kids to attend class in-person or virtually.

School officials, the Health Department, and county leaders gathered into the Marshall County EMA Emergency Operation Center to discuss what classrooms in Marshall County could look like this fall.

Superintendent Shelby Haines laid out the details that have been in the works since March. In a pandemic where decisions are changing by the day, Haines says the focus is on what *can be controlled.

The National Guard sent over 5,000 masks to the county, and thanks to a recent levy, Marshall County has 12 nurses, much more than the required 2 personnel.

A vague survey was sent out to the county, where parents responded whether they would want their children to attend in-person or virtual. Based on the response, the schools is in the process of getting a headcount on how many students would be IN class. Haines says the option is to have in-person classes with a virtual class happening consecutively. Parents could re-adjust and potentially move their student to online or in-person classes at any time.

In the meeting, Dr. Hess, President and CEO of WVU Medicine – Reynolds Memorial Hospital, asked if there was a cap on the rising cases, would the schools shutdown? There is no cap set by the Health Department right now, but Health Administrator Tom Cook said ‘You can always go back,’ regarding restrictions.

Thing are still up in the air whether masks will be required in the buses, and how many parents will be driving their kids to school. There are plans to put up plexiglass shields for secretaries and nurses will be following pandemic protocols if a student feels sick at school. Although the survey has not been released yet, MCS staff will be asked to fill out the survey on whether they would apply for FMLA, so that the board can get a headcount on how many teachers would be coming back this semester.

The Health Department says MCS is doing everything to keep the students safe, and the re-entry options are still in the feedback phase.

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