|Any county categorized as gold may, at the discretion of their local boards of education, return to in-person instruction tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Alternatively, these county boards of education can choose to wait and make decisions based on the next School Alert System map update this coming Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at 5 p.m.|
Counties that remain orange are still prohibited from conducting in-person instruction. Athletic and extracurricular activities are still limited to conditioning only.
Subsequent updates of the official School Alert System map will continue on a weekly basis at 5 p.m. each Saturday.
All schools, both public and private, are expected to adhere to the WVDE School Alert System map system to guide in-person instruction and extracurricular activities.
“If it takes additional measures to keep our people safe, we’re here to do them,” Gov. Justice said. “But, I strongly believe that what we needed to do was tweak our color-code system and add another bracket to be able to give a lot of our kids the opportunity to get back in school.
“First and foremost, we’ve got to be safe,” Gov. Justice continued. “But, as you go through life with a difficult problem, you’ve got to be willing to pivot and change and adapt, and make those changes for the betterment of all.”
In conjunction with the unveiling of the new color-coding system, Gov. Justice also announced Monday that he has signed an executive order, prohibiting travel sports teams from participating in practices, games, or other competitions within counties designated as gold, orange, or red in the County Alert System. This restriction does not apply to teams and leagues that play in defined, relatively small geographic areas, such as within a single county or a few counties in the state of West Virginia.
Additionally, the order decreases the social gathering limit for outdoor activity gatherings in gold, orange, or red counties from 25 people to 10 people.