WYOMING COUNTY (WVVA)- School starts September 8th in the mountain state. In Wyoming County, some teachers say it's a tough start considering how the last school year came to an abrupt end.
"Last year was hard. March was very hard for those kids. They missed three months of school. They are behind and I want to be there for them. I want to be back in the classroom with them to teach them how to read and write and do math," Becky Farley whose a 1st grade teacher at Pineville Elementary said.
"Living in an low economic area already, we started off at a disadvantage before the virus. So not all kids have structure and it's affecting them. You have to take the good with the bad, and make the best of it and give these kids some structure," Christy Plumley a Social Studies Teacher at Westside High School
"I think that we don't need to instill fear in our kids. We should just let them go to school and have that experience," Special Education Teacher, at Glen Fork Elementary and Middle School, Debby Clay said.
Seniors are nervous their memories of their final year will be marred like they were for the class of 2020.
"It would definitely upset us because everyone wants a graduation, everybody wants to get the most education that they can. We just want to graduate," Jaeden Fleenor, a 12th grader at Westside High School said.
52 COVID cases have been reported to Wyoming County's Health Department since the start of the pandemic. The hope is the start of school won't bring new outbreaks, but if one student or staff test positive, that school will shut down for 14 days. In that situation, they will shift to virtual classes, despite the challenges of internet service.
"Fortunately we have hot spots at every single public school in all counties across West Virginia. If we need to provide resources to them, tablets, computers, or transportation to hot spots we're going to make sure to provide those opportunities to them," Communities in Schools Facilitator, Molly Sigmon said.
There are 14 schools in Wyoming County, and nearly four thousand students. One student wants to remind everyone that prevention is the best medicine.
"Wear your mask please. We want to get in the green, and stay in the green so that we can play sports be in school and see our friends again for the first time in forever. We just want to get back to normal as soon as possible," Caden Cook, an 11th grader at Wyoming East High School said.
Wyoming County Schools plans to mail their "Re-entry Framework Pamphlet" next week. It's being sent to students and employees.