Gov. Justice Orders All West Virginia Schools Closed Wednesday for National Day of Mourning

Photo provided Students exit buses parked at Wheeling Park High School.

WHEELING — In accordance with Gov. Jim Justice’s executive order that Wednesday will be a state holiday in observance of the National Day of Mourning, public school systems in West Virginia will be closed today, the West Virginia Department of Education announced this afternoon.

Justice announced that December 5, 2018, will be a state holiday in observance of the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush.

“There is a statewide expectation from Gov. Justice that all schools will be closed tomorrow to mark the National Day of Mourning,” West Virginia Department of Education spokeswoman Kristin Anderson said.

Ohio County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones this afternoon said he had just learned about the school closings, and more information would be sent to parents this evening.

Bush, 94, died last Friday and President Donald J. Trump designated Dec. 5 as a federal holiday to honor and commemorate the life of the 41st President of the United States.

“President George H.W. Bush was truly a great American military hero,” Gov. Justice said. “I concur with President Trump and his decision to declare December 5th as a National Day of Mourning and I am issuing an executive order to close all state agencies tomorrow in observance of his declaration.”