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Metric map information released by WV Dept. of Education determine fate of WV counties return to school

The Metric Map from the Department of Education which determines whether particular county school systems can hold in-person or virtual classes is supposed to be released at this time.

The planned start date for school in the mountain state per Governor Jim Justice is September 8th.

As for schools in our viewing area--Mercer County, Monroe County and Fayette County are in the orange. According to a press release from West Virginia Dept. of Education the schools will follow this criteria:

"Counties that are orange will commence the school year in remote learning mode. Extracurricular practices may occur, however, competitions may not. Staff may report to their schools, as determined by the county. Essential support services, including special education and meals, will continue."

As of 9:20 PM on September 5th the map is unavailable for viewing due to technical difficulties. (Click here to see the map when available)

McDowell County, Wyoming County and Raleigh County are in the yellow which means the following:

Counties that are yellow will commence the school year with in-person instruction. Extracurricular practices and competitions may occur. Health and safety precautions include, at a minimum, face coverings at all times for grades three and above. Please refer to your county for specific face covering requirements.

Greenbrier County and Summers County are in the green which means the following:

Counties that are green will commence the school year with in-person instruction. Extracurricular practices and competitions may occur. Health and safety precautions include, at a minimum, face coverings in grades three and above when students are outside of core groups and in congregant settings and on school buses. Please refer to your county for specific face covering requirements.

More on Mercer County:

Mercer County is in the orange according to Amy Harrison, the Data and Information Specialist with Mercer County Schools.

In the press release issued by the school system this means, "

Students will not have in-school instruction and there will be no bus
transportation."

Parents who need to pick up devices for virtual learning can find the dates to pick up those devices in the schedule below.

Stay with WVVA on-air and online for updates.

Joshua Bolden

WVVA Today & WVVA @ Noon Anchor

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