Greenbrier County Schools announced that all county school locations will transition to remote learning on Thursday, November 19, and Friday, November 20.
The decision was reached due to the increased COVID-19 infection rate, as well as staff shortages. All school-staff will report as scheduled to school-locations on Wednesday, November 18, and will then work remotely for the remainder of the week.
Greenbrier County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Bryant told WVDN that the transition to remote learning is happening to protect the health and safety of students, families, faculty and staff.
“Substitutes are in short supply right now,” Bryant said. “And if there aren’t enough staff members to supervise the children, that raises safety concerns. And with the significant increase in infection rates, we felt this was the best decision.”
County schools were already scheduled to be closed from Monday, November 23 through Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. And this past Friday, November 13, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued an executive order extending the Thanksgiving break for an additional three-days.
Students in Greenbrier County Schools will return to in-person learning on Thursday, December 3. Staff-members are scheduled to report back on Monday, November 30.