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announces orange counties will move to remote instruction
rising case numbers during his Friday COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Jim
Justice announced that, going forward, schools in counties
designated as orange in the West Virginia Department of Education’s
official 5 p.m. Saturday update of the County
Alert Map will stop in-person instruction
and move to a full-remote learning model. Athletic and
extracurricular activities will be limited to conditioning only
when a county is orange. No sport-specific or contact practices
will be permitted. Marching band activities must be limited to
outdoors only. Instruments are permitted only when students are
stationary and distanced in pods.
welcomes students back for first day of school
briefing on Tuesday – the first day of classes for Pre-Kindergarten-12
students across West Virginia – Gov. Justice took time to thank
everyone who has played a role in getting the state’s education
system back up and running. Schools in 46 of the state’s 55
counties were permitted to resume in-person instruction Tuesday,
with the remaining nine counties beginning the 2020-21 academic
year on a fully-remote basis.
Saturday at 9 p.m, the West Virginia Department of Education
released this week’s color-coded School
Re-Entry Map update. State health leaders who
make up the COVID-19 Data Review Panel verified the data to ensure
the map was a true indication of the safety level in each county.
As of Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, a total of 27 counties were green,
while 19 counties were yellow.
Before the map was released, the COVID-19 Data Review Panel,
responsible for verifying the data utilized in the map, reviewed
data from a public health perspective to determine the accuracy and
reliability of the data to ensure they are a true indication of
what’s occurring among counties across West Virginia.
commemorates September 11, issues flag order
during a graduation ceremony for the West Virginia State Police
cadet class, Gov. Justice participated in a bell-ringing to
commemorate lives lost in the 9/11 attacks. During the event,
Gov. Justice and the parents of Dr. Paul Ambrose rang a ceremonial
bell four times in honor of each of the four planes that crashed on
that fateful day and all who lost their lives in the attack.
“This is a day that will live with us forever,” Gov. Justice said.
“It’s hard to believe that 19 years have passed. It seems like it
was just yesterday when I got the call."
Also on Friday, Gov. Justice announced that, in honor of all West
Virginia heroes, past and present he has issued a
proclamation, officially declaring this coming
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, as Heroes Day in West Virginia.
observance of Patriot Day, to honor the memory of the Americans
lost on September 11, 2001, and to pay tribute to all of the
patriots who have sacrificed their lives in the defense of our
freedom, Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation – in
accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s proclamation –
ordering that all United States and West Virginia flags on all
State-owned facilities be displayed at half-staff the entire day;
Friday, September 11.
Justice announces nearly 850 Kids Connect WiFi locations
Tuesday, Gov. Justice announced that 848 free WiFi access locations
have been activated across the state through the Governor’s Kids
Connect initiative. Kids Connect is a joint effort between the
Governor’s Office of Technology, the WVDE, and the Higher Education
Policy Commission to establish over 1,000 free wireless internet
access points at Pre-K-12 schools, libraries, higher education
facilities, National Guard armories, and State Parks in all 55
counties statewide to ensure that every West Virginia student who
needs internet access to complete remote work is able to do so.
moves up Saturday release time for County Alert System map
Wednesday, Gov. Justice and State Superintendent of Schools Clayton
Burch announced that, in an effort to provide more preparation time
for students, parents, teachers, and service personnel, the release
time for the West Virginia Department
of Education’s Saturday County Alert Map has
been moved up to 5 p.m.
For the past two weeks, the map had been released at 9 p.m.
announces additional COVID-19 testing locations
Justice also updated the schedule of upcoming free community
COVID-19 testing events taking place over the next several
weeks at various dates and times in multiple counties across the
state. The effort is part of a plan to provide free optional
testing to all residents in several counties that are experiencing
higher rates of COVID-19 transmission. It targets residents who
have struggled to be seen by a physician or do not have insurance
to pay for testing. However, other residents, including those who
are asymptomatic are welcome to be tested.
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honors graduates of West Virginia State Police’s 68th Cadet Class
Justice spoke at a graduation ceremony Friday for the West Virginia
State Police’s 68th Cadet Class. The event, which was held in the
theater of the State Culture Center in Charleston, celebrated the
successful graduation of 32 new cadets from the West Virginia State
Police training course. It marked the third State Police cadet
class graduation since November 2018. Before that, the WVSP had not
graduated any new cadet classes for nearly four full years.
Cathy Justice presents Rhododendron Awards to three Communities In
Schools site coordinators
Cathy Justice presented a series of Rhododendron Awards Thursday to
a trio of site coordinators for the Communities In Schools program
across West Virginia. The First Lady’s Rhododendron Award
recognizes individuals in West Virginia who have demonstrated
goodness and worked for the betterment of their communities. In
particular, this award seeks to recognize the “unsung heroes”
throughout West Virginia, whose work has made a significant
difference in the lives of others. Kathy Brunty of Westside High
School in Wyoming County, Mike Mullins of Clay County High School,
and Carla Snell of Huntington High School in Cabell County were all
honored with the award during a virtual ceremony in Charleston
sends Labor Day message to West Virginians
Gov. Justice released a video message wishing all West Virginians a
Happy Labor Day. The Governor said West Virginia has some of the
hardest working, most reliable employees in the world.
Cathy Justice accepts $25,000 check from DTE Energy in support of
Communities In Schools program
Cathy Justice joined Deputy State Superintendent of Schools Michele
Blatt on Thursday to accept a $25,000 check from DTE Energy at the
Governor’s Mansion in Charleston. Communities In Schools aims
to forge community partnerships and bring resources into schools to
help remove barriers to student learning with the goal of keeping
all students in school and ultimately graduating. First Lady
Justice and Gov. Jim Justice started CIS in three counties in 2018.
Since then, the program has expanded to 23 counties, serving more
than 30,000 students in 109 schools across the state.
signs PREVENTS Day proclamation
Lost Wages Assistance, WV unemployment benefits continue
WorkForce West Virginia Acting Commissioner Scott Adkins announced
that FEMA has ended its Lost Wages Assistance Program, which
provided an additional $300 a week in unemployment benefits to
qualified claimants in West Virginia and other states.
WorkForce West Virginia will continue to pay eligible claimants for
as long as existing FEMA funds are available, but agency officials
say they are unable to extend the additional benefits beyond the
benefits week ending on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.
response reaches 180-day milestone for WV Guard
Wednesday, Gov. Justice took time to recognize and thank the men
and women of the West Virginia National Guard, who have now been
actively responding to the pandemic for 180 consecutive days.
“They’ve done great stuff,” Gov. Justice said. “They continue to
run to the fire all over the place."
At the height of this response, more than 700 Guard members were
activated to conduct a multitude of missions, which have been
focused along a key set of efforts: operationalizing the event,
stabilization of the population, data and analytics support,
logistical movement of critical supplies, and innovation.
Currently, 330 WVNG personnel remain on duty responding to the pandemic.
releases another $12 million in purchase order paving
Wednesday, the West
Virginia Department of Transportation released another round of
purchase order paving projects totaling nearly $12 million. These
45 projects are ready to pave now, with all preliminary work such
as drainage, ditching, and pothole patching already completed
earlier in the season. The work is scheduled to begin within the
next two weeks.
Virginians urged to participate in the 2020 Census
Gov. Justice asked all West Virginians to participate in the 2020
United States Census. Every West Virginian who does not respond to
the Census represents a loss of $20,000 in federal funds over the
next 10 years for the state and its local communities. The funds
can go toward things like healthcare, education, infrastructure,
school lunch programs, and more.
As of Friday, 98.1 percent of West Virginians have been
counted. For perspective, during the last Census in 2010, the
state’s final response rate was just 74 percent.
Be counted in minutes: 2020census.gov.
WVDOT reminds public of SWAT roadwork request
WVNG releases important payroll information
for military members and civilian employees
Emergency Amendment to Legislative Rule 64
CSR 48: Emergency Medical Services Requiring Use of Face Masks
During Pre-Hospital Patient Encounters (DHHR)
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