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Mercer County Board of Education Unanimously Adopts Two Option Back to School Plan


MERCER COUNTY, W. Va. (WVVA)- Mercer County Board of Education held their regular meeting Tuesday evening to finalize the details of their back to school plan for the upcoming academic year. The Board voted unanimously to adopt a plan with two options for schooling this year.

The first option is a staggered schedule, with some students attending on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while other students attending on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The second option is having all students attend Monday through Friday with a shortened school day. The Coronavirus activity in the county will determine which plan will be used.

Mercer County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Akers, said that distance learning is not an option for the county, and that the Governor has to designate that option.

Dr. Akers also said "The Plan includes both options and the purpose of that is to allow us to move between those options as necessary so it gives us the ability to have different scenarios based upon the grade level and and also based on the infection rate in the county at the time".

Some stakeholders in attendence, including a representative for the Mercer County Education Association, spoke with the Board to share their opinions and ideas on the reopening plan.

The Board is expected to release details of the plan on Wednesday, July 29th.


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