|GOVERNOR RENEWS CALLS FOR ALL SCHOOLS TO REOPEN FOR FULL IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
Also on Wednesday, Gov. Justice renewed his call for all Pre-K-12 schools in West Virginia to reopen for in-person instruction five days a week.
“There are so many different reasons that we need to be back in school,” Gov. Justice said. “We need to be back in school because our kids are failing. We need to be back in school for the needs of all of our special needs kids. We need to be back in school from the standpoint of trying to have eyes on our kids, to see if we can prevent the next tragedy of abuse or a bad situation that may happen.
“We have tried, with all in us, to make our schools as safe as we can possibly make them,” Gov. Justice continued. “We can’t guarantee perfectness anywhere, there’s no way that we could do that. But we have been told by the science and the medical community, over and over, that our schools are safe.”
Gov. Justice added that CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said today that the vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools.
West Virginia is the only state in the country to prioritize school employees as essential, moving them to elevated status to receive the vaccine.
“We have gone another step forward in vaccinating all of our teachers and service personnel that wanted to take a shot that were of age 50 or older with the commitment that, as soon as we get an ample supply of vaccines, we will double back through and get all the people that are under 50,” Gov. Justice said. “But, without any question, we need to be back in school.”