Upshur County Schools to learn virtually for remainder of 2020

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 9:55 AM EST
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BUCKHANNON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Upshur County Schools are making a switch to remote learning until Jan. 4., effective immediately.

Teachers and staff will be on school grounds to be readily available for all student’s needs.

“Our numbers continue to be read in the infection rate and we are tasked with keeping our students and our staff safe,” said President of Upshur Co. BOE Dr. Tammy Samples.

As of Tuesday evening, the Upshur Buckhannon health department reported 76 active cases and with the county in the yellow category, school officials say they didn’t want to take any risks.

“When it comes to numbers, we just want folks to know it’s not just the numbers they see in the school system that you need to be aware of,” said Director of safety and emergency preparedness for Upshur Co. schools Dr. Jeffery Harvey.

Besides the number of cases, school officials say that they are also facing a shortage in substitutes. Just this week Buckhannon Upshur middle and high school had to turn to remote learning simply for that reason.

“We need substitute custodians, substitute bus drivers, substitute cooks and teachers,” said Superintendent of Upshur Co. Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus.

As the schools in the county work to come up with a plan they can hopefully put in place after the holidays, officials are saying for now, remote learning is what’s best.

“We want them back in school too, that is where they learn best, but until that is safe--we are taking into consideration all of those factors and all of those people that we touch as part of the community,” said Samples.

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