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Upshur BOE prepares for school return

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Board of Education voted in a special meeting Monday to finalize school re-entry plans, after the state Department of Education denied the school system’s waiver request last week.

Upshur County Schools submitted a waiver to the state on Feb. 24 asking to have four days of in-person learning per week in the county’s schools and a 2 p.m. dismissal, as opposed to the five-days of in-person learning recommended Tuesday by the state Board of Education.

The waiver request was denied, so the Upshur BOE gathered in Monday’s special meeting “as advised by the West Virginia Board of Education,” an Upshur Schools press release stated Tuesday.

“Beginning Monday, March 8, Upshur County students will continue four days of in-person instruction — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday — with a 3:15 p.m. dismissal,” the press release states. “Wednesdays will be reserved for remote learning and deep cleaning.”

School officials “hope” all Upshur students return to in-person learning, according to the press release.

“While full-remote learning continues to be an option, our hope is that all students will return to in-person learning,” the release states. “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 at 6 p.m. at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.”

Upshur Schools will continue food distribution for full-time remote students, the press release states.

“Five-day food box distribution will be held on Wednesdays at the Tennerton Warehouse from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for students participating in full-time remote instruction,” according to the press release. “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.”

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