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Fayette County schools will conduct in-school instruction five days a week

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FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. - (WVVA) The West Virginia Board of Education recently announced that on March 1, 2021, all schools will return to in-school instruction.

Students in Fayette County schools will not be excluded from that recommendation, though they could have opted out for a four day school week instead.

"We used a lot of outside sources, we still want to work with those virtual students. That's why we're giving them that 45 minutes at the end of the day. But, we didn't really fall into that category with the four days a week because the way we selected our original model."

said Fayette County school superintendent, Gary Hough

A Midland Trail student said in-school instruction is exactly what she needs to finish her senior year off strong.  

"Sitting at home, I just don't have the motivation at all," said senior, Jordian Stonestreet.

Midland Trail's principal said he's been ready for students return to classrooms since January, but spacing has proved to be the biggest challenge 

"We actually took some time to re-look at our master schedule and try to reduce class sizes... In anticipation that we may have a return to some normalcy," said principal, Richard Petitt.  

School sports were not left out, the assistant principle says they've set a standard on how many people can be at basketball games.  

"We measured the bleachers to see how many people can keep their social distance from each family. So we're going to actually number out seats this year. We have never done this in the past," said assistant principal and head of athletics, Matthew Harper.

At home games, each player and cheerleader will be given six tickets for their immediate family, along with two tickets if they are away.  

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