School Districts Face Tough Call

Starting Tuesday, public and private schools in West Virginia can return to five-day in-person learning. Whether they will — or should — immediately return to a full, five-day schedule or go to a hybrid learning model remains a debate in many counties.

The Ohio County Board of Education this week heard from 20 people on whether schools should resume in-person learning. Some want to keep the hybrid-learning model that was in place during the first few months of the school year; others want school to return to normal.

Ohio County administrators have yet to publicly announce the district’s plan moving forward. That should happen at a meeting set for Friday.

The West Virginia State Board of Education on Wednesday voted to allow counties the option of either in-person instruction, five days a week, or a blended model. Counties cannot remain at remote learning-only.

Ohio County officials should base their decision on what’s best for the students and return to class, five days a week.

Getting youngsters back to in-person learning with their teachers is essential; that can’t be argued, as remote learning is failing our children.

The best approach to do that remains in-person learning.

After nearly a year of remote learning, it’s clear that we’re failing our children. It remains vitally important that youngsters get back in the classroom as soon as possible.


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