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Ohio County Schools to return to class Tuesday with hybrid learning model

The Ohio County Board of Education Friday approved a plan to return students to the classroom two days a week as West Virginia re-opens schools starting Tuesday.

Superintendent Kim Miller outlined the plan, which will see, starting Tuesday, students in grades pre-kindergarten through 8 who are part of the “B” group — the groups are broken down by last name — return to class. Those in the “A” group will be remote learning Tuesday.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, will be a remote learning day for all students, and then on Thursday the “A” group will be in class, with “B” on remote. The “B” group will be back in the classroom Friday.

The following week will see the same schedule, as the A group will be in-person Monday and Thursday, and remote Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The B group will be in-person Tuesday and Friday, and do remote Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Students at Wheeling Park High School will remain on remote learning next week, as they will be taking their second nine weeks exams. The following week they will return to class with the same blended learning model as those in the lower grades.

After two weeks, if the state COVID-19 map allows, the district will return to its level 1 learning model, which is four days of in-person learning for all students, with Wednesdays as a remote day.

All students will be required to wear masks upon their return to school.

Board President David Croft said it’s important for students and teachers to resume in-person instruction.

“We’re trying to manage a risk (with COVID-19), but there is real harm going on every day these kids aren’t in school. My fear is that we’re not going to know the harm that’s being done until much later (when) we can’t do anything about it,” he said.

Miller also told the board that 39.8 percent of all Ohio County Schools staff have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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