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Children Return To School Today

For many West Virginia students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth, today will be like the first day of school all over again, as they return to the classroom following an extended, several-month remote learning break due to COVID-19.

Ohio and Marshall counties, for example, have not had students in class since the early part of October. Youngsters that have spent the past three months learning from home will be more than eager to see their classmates as they walk through the halls.

They also will benefit from seeing their teachers and returning to an in-person learning environment that not only will benefit their educational well-being, but also their mental health.

With classes resuming today, we, as adults, also need to do our part. Remember, youngsters will be out and about on streets and sidewalks. The yellow school buses that transport students to and from school will be, as well. School zones that have been inactive since October now will be back in operation.

Drive the speed limit through school zones; don’t pass school buses when the “STOP” sign is out. Watch for little ones walking on sidewalks as they return home.

Let’s make this return to school safe.

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