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State school board: Elementary and middle schools to return to 5 days

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As positive coronavirus cases continue to drop in West Virginia, the state Board of Education said Tuesday that counties should return elementary and middle school students to in-class instruction five days per week.

The board’s vote will eliminate blended schedules in which students have alternated between classroom and home-based online learning in response to the pandemic.

The move is effective March 3. Counties can apply for a waiver to conduct in-person learning four days per week and virtual instruction on the fifth day.

In-person instruction at high schools will continue to be determined by a state color-coded map. Many counties have returned to in-person instruction.

Families who previously chose online-only learning for their students regardless of grade are unaffected.

The West Virginia Education Association asked the board to allow counties to remain flexible with virus-based decisions.

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