Questions And Thoughts On Schooling During A Pandemic


On this West Virginia Morning, we explore the question on many minds: what will happen with school this fall? West Virginia Public Broadcasting is asking questions and reflecting on student experiences this past spring.

A major investment partner in a proposed ethane cracker plant in the Ohio Valley announced Tuesday that it’s exiting the project. Brittany Patterson has more.

Universities across West Virginia have released updated COVID-19 plans detailing how and if employees are expected to return to campus for the fall semester. Caitlin Tan has more.

This week, Gov. Jim Justice ordered all public schools in West Virginia open for the 2020-2021 school year on September 8. He said all must have 180 instructional days and must have a five-day school week. Of course, this could all change depending on how the coronavirus pandemic evolves. But county school boards are starting to prepare for that date and discuss how a return to school in a pandemic would look. As Liz McCormick reports, earlier this week in the Eastern Panhandle, both Jefferson and Berkeley County Schools met for special board meetings to begin outlining fall 2020.

The online publication 100 Days in Appalachia has been publishing student essays collectively called The Way We Live Now. They are the end product of a creative writing seminar taught at Appalachian State University in the Spring semester of 2020. After the coronavirus pandemic sent seniors home to finish the semester, they wrote about the abrupt displacement from college life, capturing their experiences as the pandemic unfolded in their Appalachian North Carolina communities. Here’s 2020 graduate Olivia Martin.

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