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WVa school board: Younger kids should return to classrooms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As positive coronavirus cases continue to drop in West Virginia, the state school board says counties should return elementary and middle school students to in-class instruction five days per week.

The board’s vote Tuesday will eliminate blended schedules in which students have alternated between classroom and home-based online learning in response to the pandemic.

Counties can apply for a waiver to conduct in-person learning four days per week and virtual instruction on the fifth day.

Families who previously chose online-only learning are unaffected.

In-person instruction at high schools will continue to be determined by a state color-coded map.

Many counties already have returned to in-person instruction.

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