Cabell County Schools is issuing guidance for students, parents and staff in response to several Executive Orders affecting schools issued by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Friday, November 13, 2020. The governor stated his orders were intended to help slow a growing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state.
The following are addressed by Governor Justice’s Executive Orders:
- All students statewide are to learn remotely (or virtually) from Monday, November 30 to Wednesday, December 2.
- In order to provide the full level of services for all students, all Cabell employees are expected to report to their regular worksites on a regular schedule beginning Monday, November 30.
- While not part of the governor’s orders, Cabell County Schools has opted to move all students to remote learning November 23, 24, and 25. November 26 is the Thanksgiving holiday, and the district is closed for all students and staff Friday, November 27 (except for those with 261-day or flexible contracts). Some employees, including teachers and counselors, will be offered the opportunity to work remotely from home November 23, 24 and 25.
- Face coverings are required for students nine (9) years of age and above and for all adults at all times (unless unable to comply due to health issues or while eating or drinking).
- Cabell encourages students under nine (9) years of age to wear face coverings.
- Cabell requires all students to wear a face covering when riding the school bus.
- Fall sports can continue as scheduled. Participants and spectators should adhere to school and WVSSAC safety guidelines (facilities at no more than 20% capacity).
- Public and private school practices and competitions for winter sports such as basketball, wrestling, cheerleading and swimming are postponed until January 11, 2021.
- Community youth sports (such as buddy leagues) practices and competitions are postponed until January 11, 2021.
- Band competitions/ratings are cancelled. Additional guidance regarding band performances and concerts is forthcoming from the West Virginia Department of Education.
“Our local health department is reporting an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases,” says Ryan Saxe, Cabell County Schools Superintendent. “Governor Justice and the school district are taking these measures now to help slow the spread of the virus so we can continue in-person instruction as safely and for as long as possible. We know students learn best when they are in classrooms with their teachers, and our goal is to get all of our students back in school as soon as possible.”
The Cabell-Huntington Health Department is offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the outdoor tent. The health department is also offering free drive-thru flu shots from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the tent each day. No appointment or doctor’s order is necessary for either a COVID-19 test or a flu shot.
The Cabell-Huntington Health Department is located at 703 7th Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia, 25701.