|Also while discussing schools Friday, Gov. Justice clarified that county school systems are not restricted from moving to a full-virtual education model if they choose to do so. However, the Governor offered a reminder that such a decision would remove parent choice from the statewide school re-entry plan, established by the WVDE, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and the Governor’s Office.|
“This is all driven by parents having the choice,” Gov. Justice said. “Right now, the overwhelming majority of parents across the state – as much as 70 percent – want their kids back in school.
“If a county wants to go 100 percent remote, they can do just that. We don’t think that’s what they ought to do. But, if they do, that’s up to them. We support our counties’ right to make local decisions,” Gov. Justice continued. “But if they are 100 percent remote, and the WVSSAC agrees with this, the schools in those counties can’t play sports. It’s not a penalty, it’s just the way it has to be. If they are closing in an effort of safety, we absolutely can’t have kids out on the football field or kids playing volleyball and school is not open. There’s just no way that you could have both.
“If it’s too dangerous to go back to school it’s surely too dangerous to be playing sports.”
The Governor also offered a reminder that, for most counties, the first day of school is still scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.
On Friday, the Governor provided an updated look at West Virginia’s latest County Alert System color-coded map.
The map is updated live on the DHHR’s COVID-19 Dashboard (Click "County Alert System" tab) throughout the week to provide an indication of how each county is trending ahead of each Saturday at 9 p.m.; the time when each county is assigned its official color designation for the next week, which determines the level of scholastic, athletic, and extracurricular activities permitted in each county for that particular week.