Upshur Superintendent: We will again deliver education remotely this week

Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus
Superintendent, Upshur County Schools

Today, Oct. 10, Upshur County remains Orange on the West Virginia Department of Education School Alert System map. This means that we must remain fully remote learning in Upshur County Schools.

Although we feel that for optimal learning, our children need to be in schools, we are very confident that our students will receive quality instruction and be successful in the online learning environment.

After the forced shift to online learning in the spring, we learned much about teaching and learning in the online environment. It clarified the need for our teachers to be trained for online instruction. 

We have provided personal devices to students and are fully one-to-one with all students in Upshur County. We are publishing a weekly “Tech Tips for Families” Newsletter and have knowledgeable technology staff members prepared to work with our students and families. We are utilizing the Schoology learning management system as well as providing fully-online or blended courses for students.

As we did last week, faculty, staff and administration will continue reporting to work during the time that we are in Orange status.

Teachers and administrators have established plans to deliver instruction during any prolonged school closure we may face and we feel confident in our teachers ability to deliver a quality education during a fully remote situation. They will be delivering instruction, communicating with their students and monitoring student progress. Our staff will also be available to answer any questions parents might have.

We want to see our students back in the classroom, when we can do it safely. Until that time, Upshur County Schools will continue online learning.  We will deliver 5 day boxes on Wednesday and will offer supper curbside four days this week.  

Our students, with the help and guidance of all caring adults in their lives, will come out of this “Upshur Strong!”

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