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Wood BOE presents re-entry plan

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education announced that parents will have three options in sending their children to school in a unanimous decision during the board’s meeting Tuesday at Jefferson Elementary Center.

The process will start on Nov. 9 for elementary schools and the middle schools will take place on Nov. 16. Finally, high school will start on Nov. 30, due to the number of students at the three school levels.

Reassessment will take place at the board’s first meeting of 2021, Jan. 12, right before the second semester begins on Jan. 25.

“I keep asking myself, ‘If not now, when?’ That’s the question,” Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook said at Tuesday’s meeting. “When is it going to be the right time? When will the right time ever be? No one can answer that question. We’re going to be doing this Oct. 27 next year, the same exact thing. This is not going away.” he said.

“So with the re-entry plan, four days a week is option number one and of course this plan is about balancing safety. If you fear for your child, you can put them in remote for five days. If not, they come back to school four days a week, and then they have a Friday as remote. One thing I do want to tell educators, I will protect Fridays,” he said.

Parents will have three options for their children.

∫ The first option will be students will attend in person on campus four days (Monday-Thursday) and learn remotely using Schoology on Friday.

∫ Option two will be the students will learn remotely utilizing Schoology five days a week (Monday-Friday).

∫ The final option only available to elementary students will be a student register for virtual school and learns through the WV Learns platform five days a week (Monday-Friday).

The parent/student support for off-campus learning will provide teacher “office hours,” meaning two hours of help on Friday. In addition to Schoology, there will be online textbooks, email and phone calls for help, hot spots for Wi-Fi access, and flexibility for the student.

Wood County Schools surveyed parents to see if the district changes to five days on campus, will their child attend school five days a week? Parents responded with 3,322 for yes (67 percent), 774 for no (16 percent) and 870 (18 percent) voted maybe.

The district also surveyed staff on if students will be on campus five days per week, will they have sufficient time to plan for students whose parents choose off-campus/remote learning. Only 63 (7 percent) voted yes, 651 (77 percent) voted no and 131 (16 percent) voted maybe.

Wood County Schools have been using the blended format since students were allowed back for in-session school in early September.

As of Oct. 27, there are currently 10 students and nine staff members that have tested positive and in total 14 students and 18 staff members have had a positive test since the 2020-2021 school year started.

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