All Students to Utilize Blended or Virtual Learning 1st Semester
Cabell County Schools reopened to students September 8, 2020 after being closed in early march due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Board of Education voted that students would begin the school year utilizing only the Blended and Virtual Learning options for the first semester. Students with last names beginning with the letters
A-K attend Monday and Tuesday. Students with last names beginning with the letters L-Z attend Thursday and Friday. All students utilize Remote Learning from home Wednesdays to allow for deep cleaning of school facilities. At the conclusion of the first semester, the Superintendent and Board of Education will re-evaluate instructional options offered based on the latest information and guidance from state and local health and education officials.
Friday, September 18, 2020, the Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the color code system introduced by the West Virginia Department of Education and Governor Jim Justice earlier in the week. This color code system added a "gold" category to give school districts flexibility in making decisions about keeping schools open. The Board also eliminated the mandatory two-week waiting period previously in place should school close under a code orange, then receive reports from state officials that the situation had improved. It is likely that, should the district be identified with a red color code, the two-week waiting period would be utilized.
According to WV Code 18-2-5(c), “The Superintendent may close the schools, delay the opening of school, or
dismiss school early when such alteration in the regular session is required for the protection of the health and
safety of students and staff members.” This portion of code gives the local Superintendent legal authority to close schools or modify schedules if he believes that action will best protect the school community from health threats such as COVID-19.