CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 3/25/20
Governor Jim Justice says all public and private schools in West Virginia will remain closed until April 20.
During the closure period pre-k-12 public and private school facilities will not provide traditional, in-person instructional opportunities.
In a statement, the Department of Education said it will continue to work closely with counties to ensure children are fed.
The Governor made the announcement during his daily briefing Wednesday.
During this unparalleled time, we must avoid assuming that continuity of education outside of typical school buildings only can occur through online means. Counties will continue to provide student engagement opportunities using learning materials, phone contact, email, technology-based virtual instruction or a combination of all of the above to meet student needs. Forthcoming guidance regarding student engagement will be grounded in compassion, communication and common sense rather than traditional compliance measures that most are accustomed to in our education community.
West Virginia public schools will be closed at the end of the school day on Friday as state officials continue to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the Mountain State, Gov. Jim Justice said.
Justice made the announcement during a news conference Friday morning in Charleston.
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