Ohio County Schools Considering Five-Day In-School Week

WHEELING — Administrators with Ohio County Schools still want students back in the classroom five days each week when classes start next month, but they acknowledge that plan could change if local coronavirus threats continue to increase.

Students spent the last nine weeks of this past school year doing remote learning at home via computer.

They are presently set to return to their school buildings for in-person learning and traditional classes beginning Aug. 20.

Superintendent Kim Miller said Wednesday school officials will decide “within the next two weeks” whether to continue with plans for in-school learning, or to implement a plan necessitating at least some remote learning.

“As of right now, we are hoping we will start with a five-day week,” she said. “If we have to go to remote learning, we will have a system in place. We will continue to monitor the situation, and see how it goes.”

Ohio County Schools recently surveyed families to gauge their thoughts on students’ return to school. Of 1,770 families responding, 1,086 of them — or 61% — indicated they wanted a traditional five-day re-entry plan for the the start of school.

School service employees have continued on the job since the coronavirus crisis started.

Jerry Ames, president of the Ohio County School Service Employees Association, said he expected some push back from employees concerned about being in school buildings.

But there have been no complaints from employees, according to Ames.

“Honestly, I have not heard anyone say anything negative,” he said. “I have had a couple people ask, ‘What if I get coronavirus? Will I be penalized if can’t come to work?’ But other than that, everyone has expressed a positive attitude.”

Administration has promised employees they will be supplied with proper equipment and supplies, and told them they needn’t fear being off from work due to illness, according to Ames.

“They feel confident in what the administration is saying,” he said.

Plans for the Ohio County Schools delayed 2020 graduation ceremony, scheduled for Aug. 2 at Wesbanco Arena, are still in place, according to Miller.


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