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Updated: Sunday West Virginia COVID map change leads Wheeling Park High to remain remote Monday

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect decisions made by local school districts to delay in-person classes set for Monday due to a change Sunday in the state map.

WHEELING — Despite guidance from the West Virginia State Board of Education that county school districts use the Saturday West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ map to determine if high school classes could be held on Mondays, school administrators in Ohio County Sunday decided to not have in-person classes Monday for the first time in three months.

A note posted on Wheeling Park High School’s Facebook page outlined the district’s reasoning for going remote, and how high school students should proceed Monday, which marks the start of the second semester:

“Tomorrow is the start of our 2nd Semester. In order to begin the semester efficiently, tomorrow morning, homeroom teachers will send Schoology messages to all students that includes their 2nd semester schedule, a 2nd semester updates video and the bell schedule for Monday.

“We have asked all of our teachers to go live on Monday to meet their students and review their course and its syllabus. We expect all students to log into these live sessions on Monday and will be taking attendance. Teachers will post this information to Schoology for students who are unable to log into live sessions. This process is for this Monday only – again with the hopes of starting our semester off efficiently given the circumstances.

“Tuesday’s determination for our Group B students (last names starting with M – Z) on remote vs. in-person will be based on Monday’s DHHR map. We will communicate more information as soon as we know what Tuesday will look like.”

Marshall, Brooke, Wetzel and Tyler counties are red on the map and will not be in school Monday. Hancock County remained orange Sunday and students will be able to return to in-person learning.

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