Upshur County Schools prepare for four-day student return

BUCKHANNON — At a special board meeting held on Monday, March 1, the Upshur County Board of Education finalized re-entry plans, as advised by the West Virginia Board of Education. Beginning Monday, March 8, Upshur County students will continue four days of in-person instruction–Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday–with a 3:15pm dismissal. Wednesdays will be reserved for remote learning and deep cleaning.

While full-remote learning continues to be an option, our hope is that all students will return to in-person learning. Students who are not finding success with full-time remote learning and are in danger of failure, will be required to return to in-person learning, effective March 8. School personnel will be making contact with full-time remote students to assist with the transition to in-person learning. Additionally, the Upshur County Board of Education will continue discussion regarding options to improve remote learning during their meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 6:00pm at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

Five-day food box distribution will be held on Wednesdays at the Tennerton Warehouse from 9:00am-2:00pm for students participating in full-time remote instruction. FedEx will continue to deliver boxes to those who have requested this service. One-day food packages will be provided to students participating in in-person learning on Tuesdays. This package contains one breakfast and one lunch for Wednesday remote learning days. All schools will offer a curbside pick-up supper on Wednesdays.

The Upshur County Board of Education emphasizes the importance of following the mitigation strategies, which have shown to be effective in keeping our schools safe. These strategies include:

  • Consistent use of face coverings.
  • Hand hygiene.
  • Social distancing to the largest extent.
  • Elimination of large group gatherings outside of classrooms.
  • Proper cleaning and disinfection.
  • Contact tracing in collaboration with local health departments

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