West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that all elementary and middle schools will reopen to in-person learning on Jan. 19.
“During 2020, we learned that Covid-19 transmission rates in our schools during the first semester was 0.02% among students and…0.3% among our staff,” Justice said.
The governor said that despite their efforts, switching to virtual learning has not worked well for students in West Virginia.
“In the first semester, a third of our students, one third of our students, are receiving failing grades in at least one of their core classes,” Justice said
He added that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported a reduction in Child Protective Services referrals by an average of 50-54% a month.
The governor said the transmission rate among students aged 15 and up is significantly higher than that in children under 15.