The West Virginia Department of Education updated their color-coded county map once again on the evening of Saturday, October 31.
While both Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties remain designated as green, Monroe County has been downgraded to gold. Although the county’s infection rate is still well above 40%, their percent positive has dropped to 4.71%, thereby receiving the gold designation.
After two-weeks of full remote-learning, Monroe County students will be permitted to return to school on Thursday, November 5. In accordance with the guidelines of a gold designation, extracurricular-activities are permitted. However attendance is limited to parents or guardians.
As a reminder, Monroe County Schools had previously scheduled Monday, November 2, as a remote-learning day, and Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day. That is why in-person learning within the county is scheduled to resume on Thursday, November 5.
In Greenbrier County, two remote-learning days have been added in November, December and January. Each remote-learning day will occur on Wednesdays. Remote-learning will take place on the following dates: November 4 and 18, December 2 and 16 and January 13 and 27. Remote-learning days are scheduled for all students.
In Pocahontas County, Hillsboro Elementary Schools, Marlinton Elementary School, Marlinton Middle School and Pocahontas County High School schools will again be open for in-person learning this week. However, the identification of a second confirmed case of COVID-19 at Green Bank Elementary/Middle School has prompted county health and school officials to opt to close the building from Monday, November 2, through Friday, November 13.
Students of the Green Bank School will remain on full remote-learning during this period. Meal pick-up will continue on Wednesday’s as scheduled.