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West Virginia Catholic school students to receive 5-day in-class instruction

West Virginia’s Catholic schools will return next month with a five-day, in-person plan, Superintendent Mary Ann Deschaine announced Monday.

In a letter to families, she outlined how the Diocesan school administration “has been focused on implementing the recommendations and guidelines from worldwide, federal, state, and local experts. This week, based upon the extensive work that has taken place, West Virginia Catholic school families will receive their individual school reopening plans, outlining a five-day a week physically present strategy.

She said administrators from across the state have been working with their local health departments to ensure a safe reopening on Sept. 8,

“Principals from all 24 Catholic schools across the state have worked closely with their local health departments, school communities and my office to develop plans to allow for the reopening of schools that meet local, state and federal guidelines,” Deschaine said.

When providing information about the reopening of schools, Deschaine also referenced the American Academy of Pediatrics that “strongly” supports students returning to the school building. A recently released statement from the AAP notes, “All policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

“This is completely in line with our position,” she said. “Because we are Christ-centered, every choice we make and plans we develop are prayerfully made with our students’ success and well-being in mind. We are a strong Christian family guided by our faith. Our learning environment will always focus on the social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental well-being of each child.”

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