Announcements / Events

  • Beginning of Year Training for Everyone

    Beginning August 24, 2020

     

    First Day for 200 Day Contract Employees is August 24, 2020

    Schoology Training/Lesson Planning

    August 24-28, 2020

    All Teachers

    TIS as needed

    *Scheduled by principal

    At work sites

    Transportation Training-Policy 4336

    TBA

    Week of August 24-28, 2020

    All Transportation Aides

    Transportation Department

    TBA

    Updated Food Service Plan, Gordon’s Food Service, and Food Handler’s Update

    TBA

    Week of August 24-28, 2020

    All Cooks

    Child Nutrition

    TBA

    Policy and Required Trainings at Schools

    August 31-September 4, 2020

    All Employees, Service and Professionals

    Principals

    At work sites, principals schedule

     

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  • Mercer County Schools

    All Professional Employees and Aides

    Extra Week of Professional Development

    August 17-21, 2020

     

    *All professional employees and aides may participate in this week of professional development for extra pay. 

    *You must report to your work site for attendance and payroll verification purposes.

    *On August 18th, there will be special trainings for Music, Art, Driver’s Education, and Middle School Math have special offerings. See email from Angela Groseclose for links.

     

    Time

    Monday

    August 17, 2020

    Tuesday

    August 18, 2020

    Wednesday

    August 19, 2020

    Thursday

    August 20, 2020

    Friday

    August 21, 2020

    8:00-11:00 AM

    Social/Emotional Wellness

    and

    Anxiety

     

    Jennifer Lilly

    Heather White

    Candy Fulp

     

    *Via Teams invitation to Administrators

     

    *Will meet in the number of assigned socially distanced groups by school

     

    8:00 am-8:30 am

    Virtual Office 365 Trainings-

    Teams Meetings

     

    Mark Moore recording available at

    MCPS Professional Development Stream

    https://tinyurl.com/mcpspdstream

     

    8:30 am-10:00 am

    Microsoft TEAMS 101 Training for Virtual Teachers

     

    Mark Moore Recording available at

    MCPS Professional Development Stream

    https://tinyurl.com/mcpspdstream

     

    10:00 am-11:00 am

    School Operations and Procedures

    Central Office Staff

    *Via Teams invitation to Administrators

     

    *Will meet in the number of assigned

    socially distanced groups by school

    Schoology

    and

    Remote Learning

     

    TIS

     

    *Delivery Method

     to be Determined

    Schoology

    and

    Remote Learning

     

    TIS

     

    *Delivery Method

     to be Determined

    Schoology

    and

    Remote Learning

     

    TIS

     

    **Delivery Method

     to be Determined

    11:00-12:00

    LUNCH

    12:00-3:00 PM

    Identification Procedures for

    Covid-19

    and

    Infection Control

     

    Maria Webster

    Tammy Six

    Tina Six

    Tonya Osborne

     

    *Via Teams invitation to Administrators

     

    *Will meet in the number of assigned socially distanced groups by school

    *Select 3 hours of professional development

    from the menu of sessions provided.

     

    *Each employee will indicate the sessions

     attended through Microsoft Forms

    Schoology

    and

    Remote Learning

     

    TIS

     

    *Delivery Method

     to be Determined

    Schoology

    and

    Remote Learning

     

    TIS

     

    *Delivery Method

     to be Determined

    Schoology

    and

    Remote Learning

     

    TIS

     

    *Delivery Method

     to be Determined

     

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  • Mercer County Schools

    Child Nutrition Professional Development

    August 10-14, 2020

     

    *You must report to the site listed for attendance and payroll verification purposes. Please see page 1 for reporting locations.

    * All employees who plan to attend need to register for a free account at https://theicn.docebosaas.com/learn/signin

     

    Time

    Monday

    August 10, 2020

    Tuesday

    August 11, 2020

    Wednesday

    August 12, 2020

    Thursday

    August 13, 2020

    Friday

    August 14, 2020

    8:00-11:00 AM

    Food Safety in Schools

    https://tinyurl.com/foodsafetyinschools

     

    8:00 am-10:00 am

    Food Safety in Schools Continued

    https://tinyurl.com/foodsafetyinschools

     

     

    10:00 am-11:00am

    Food Allergies in SNP

    https://tinyurl.com/foodallergiesinsnp

     

    8:00 am-9:00 am

    Focus on the Customer Continued

    https://tinyurl.com/focusonthecustomer

     

     

    9:00 am-11:00 am

    Portion Control

    https://tinyurl.com/foodportioncontrol

     

    Managing Food Allergies

    https://tinyurl.com/managingfoodallergies

     

     

     

     

     

     

    8:00 am-9:00 am

    Food Safety in

    Summer Meals

    https://tinyurl.com/foodsafetyinsummermeals

     

    Mercer County Schools Re-Opening Plan

    9:00 am-10:00 am

     

    Mercer County Schools Re-Opening Plan

    PowerPoint

     

    10:00 am-11:00 am

    Microsoft Teams

    Q and A

     

    Office of Child Nutrition

    LUNCH

    11:00-12:00

    Lunch

    12:00-3:00 PM

    Food Safety in Schools Continued

    https://tinyurl.com/foodsafetyinschools

    Focus on the Customer

    https://tinyurl.com/focusonthecustomer

    12:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Portion Control Continued

    https://tinyurl.com/foodportioncontrol

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm

    Managing Food Allergies Continued

    https://tinyurl.com/managingfoodallergies

     

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Food Handler’s Update

    https://www.wvfoodhandlers.com/

     

    or finish any training that has not been completed

    during the week.

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm

    Microsoft Teams

    Q and A

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Employee Email Setup and Office 365 Basics

     

    Microsoft Teams,

    Alisha Lester

     

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  • Mercer County Schools

    Transportation Staff Development

    August 10-14, 2020

    Time

    Monday

    August 10, 2020

    Tuesday

    August 11, 2020

    Wednesday

    August 12, 2020

    Thursday

    August 13, 2020

    Friday

    August 14, 2020

    8:00-11:00 AM

     

    Will rotate

     from room to room each day.

    Can you see me?

    Greg Pruett

    PVHS Media Center

     

    Policies & Procedures

    David Via

    PVHS room 105A

     

    Loading/Unloading Procedures

    Teresa Via

    PVHS Auditorium

     

    Can you see me?

    Greg Pruett

    PVHS Media Center

     

    Policies & Procedures

    David Via

    PVHS room 105A

     

    Loading/Unloading Procedures

    Teresa Via

    PVHS Auditorium

     

    Can you see me?

    Greg Pruett

    PVHS Media Center

     

    Policies & Procedures

    David Via

    PVHS room 105A

     

    Loading/Unloading Procedures

    Teresa Via

    PVHS Auditorium

     

     

     

    Do you think you can drive?

    Greg Pruett

    PVHS Media Center

     

    Do you think you can drive?

    David Via

    PVHS Room 105A

     

    Do you think you can drive?

    Teresa Via

    PVHS Auditorium

     

    Pre/Post trip

    Greg Pruett

    PVHS Media Center

     

    David Via

    PVHS Room 105A

     

    Teresa Via

    PVHS Auditorium

    LUNCH

    11:00-12:00

    LUNCH

    12:00-3:00 PM

    Can you see me?

    Greg Pruett

    PVHS Media Center

     

    Policies & Procedures

    David Via

    PVHS room 105A

     

    Loading/Unloading Procedures

    Teresa Via

    PVHS Auditorium

     

    Can you see me?

    Greg Pruett

    PVHS Media Center

     

    Policies & Procedures

    David Via

    PVHS room 105A

     

    Loading/Unloading Procedures

    Teresa Via

    PVHS Auditorium

     

    Can you see me?

    Greg Pruett

    PVHS Media Center

     

    Policies & Procedures

    David Via

    PVHS room 105A

     

    Loading/Unloading Procedures

    Teresa Via

    PVHS Auditorium

     

    Ice Ice Baby!!!

    Greg Pruett

    PVHS Media Center

     

    Ice Ice Baby!!!

    David Via

    PVHS room 105A

     

    Ice Ice Baby!!!

    Teresa Via

    PVHS Auditorium

    Hide and Seek

    Greg Pruett

    PVHS Media Center

     

    David Via

    PVHS Room 105A

     

    Teresa Via

    PVHS Auditorium

     

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  •  School Re-opening FAQ’s 

     

    Q:   Why are we going back to the school buildings? 

    A:  Mercer County Schools has been charged with opening schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  Health and safety guidelines from the WVDE and WVDHHR are throughout our reopening plan.  Going 100% remote is not an option for Mercer County due to the number of students who do not have internet access at home, therefore a 100% remote model would be reserved for an uncontrolled outbreak of the pandemic in our area and a directive to do so from the governor. 

     

    Q:  Why are the days shortened? 

    A:  The first reason is so custodial staff have ample time to deep clean the buildings. 

    The second is bus transportation. There are limitations to the number of students who can ride a bus.  The shortened days and staggered start and ending times between elementary, middle, and high schools allows for more bus runs which means buses aren’t as crowded. 

    The third reason is it allows us to have smaller class sizes in the school buildings.  During a normal day, teachers have a planning period and a duty-free lunch period in between teaching students.  In both models, teachers’ planning periods and duty-free lunches are outside of the students’ instructional day Therefore, that gives us more teachers to put into the classes which reduces class size. 

     

    Q:  Why is there such a limited drop off time in the mornings? 

    A:  On a normal day, some buses drop students off over an hour before the instructional day begins.  Students would congregate in cafeterias and gyms until it was time to go to the classroom.  We can no longer have large groups of students congregating.  When students arrive at school, they go directly to their classroom. 

    Some schools will not start the instructional day exactly on time due to the sheer numbers of students and staff having to monitor hallways to keep kids moving, and that is understood.  Some slight adjustments may be made after the school year starts. 

    Parents and buses may not drop students off until the documented time because we must ensure all teachers are present to receive their students and, in some cases, state mandated planning periods and duty-free lunches are at the beginning of the day. 

     

    Q:  What about working parents who have students at multiple schools with different drop off times? 

    A:  We understand this is a hardship for many.  Mercer County Schools are bound to the guidelines provided by the WVDE and WVDHHR.  We must try to keep class sizes smaller, create less crowding on buses, and follow rigorous cleaning protocol.  As soon as the risk of Covid-19 is at a level where public health officials and the WVDE feel is manageable, we will go back to a normal schedule.   

    If your children are attending in-district schools, our school buses are always an option. 

     

    Q:  I have a child in elementary and a child in middle school.  How will they get to school on the bus since the start times are different? 

    A:  Your elementary child will need to be at the bus stop earlier, and your middle school child later.  Again, this is to maintain social distancing as much as possible on the bus. 

     

    Q:  Why does my child have to wear a mask or face covering? 

    A:  The CDC says one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of Covid-19 is the wearing of face coverings.  The CDC and WVDE requirement is that masks or face coverings are required when social distancing cannot be maintained or if students are outside their regular classroom and/or cohort.  In elementary school, students will be with their class and teacher the entire day.  Resource teachers will either come to them or conduct class via video conferencing.  In middle and high school, student schedules are being arranged to keep groups together as much as possible.  While students are in their own classrooms, they will not have to wear a mask. However, if they are not in their cohort group, they will be required to wear a mask. If they are moving throughout hallways or in the restrooms, they will be required to wear a mask.  Masks will also be required on school buses. If there is a documented medical reason why a student cannot wear a mask, they will be exempt. 

     

    Q:  Is there a virtual option? 

    A:  Yes.  The West Virginia Virtual School is available through the WVDE.  Students who choose this option will be assigned to a teacher hired by the WVDE.  There may be some instances that a student’s virtual teacher is a Mercer County teacher, but sufficient enrollment for a full class would be necessary first.  Students of the West Virginia Virtual School are still considered public school students and can participate in extra-curricular activities within their district school.  Students may return to the regular school setting with a one week notice before a grading period ends (9 weeks).  The link to sign up for virtual school is:  https://tinyurl.com/virtualschoolapplication   

     

    Q:  Will the school bus drop my child off at daycare after school? 

    A:  We are continuing to work on arranging transportation to daycares that are within the school’s attendance area.  We will not be able to complete the process until we get firm numbers on the occupancy of the buses.   

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  •  

    Information on Virtual School Option

    The school year will begin for students on September 8, 2020.  Mercer County Schools could operate on any of the three following schedules.  The model chosen will depend on the metrics provided by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services regarding Covid-19 and will be communicated prior to September 8, 2020.  

    • Blended Model A – Students attend school 5 days per week on an amended schedule. Out of school homework/practice will be a requirement each day. 
    • Blended Model B – Students attend school alternate days on an amended schedule.  Students are divided alphabetically.  Students complete work/assignments at home on days they are not in school.  Teacher communicates regularly with assignments and activities are graded. 
    • Remote learning – Students attend school remotely 5 days per week with teacher communicating regularly with assignments and activities are graded.  This option is only if the governor closes schools, or if a particular school must close because of an outbreak. 

    A 100% Virtual Option: 

    Mercer County Schools understands that some parents may feel apprehensive about sending their children back to school while there is no vaccine for Covid-19.  Many students and family members have underlying medical conditions that make physically attending traditional school impossible at this time.  In order to accommodate these students and their families, Mercer County Schools offers a virtual option through West Virginia Virtual Schools (WVVS).  This option is available for all Mercer County students in grades kindergarten through 12.  Teachers will be assigned through the West Virginia Virtual School and may not be a teacher at the district school; however, the district school remains a point of contact for report cards, scheduling, and school-related services. 

    For a student to be eligible for the virtual option, the student must be enrolled as a Mercer County Schools student in grades kindergarten through 12, or they are homeschooled/non-public school students in the same grades, and must have reliable Internet access at home.  Mercer County Schools will provide virtual students with a device (iPad, tablet, laptop, etc.) to access their assignments. Students may transfer to the virtual education program at any time during the school year.  Students may also transition back to the traditional school setting with one (1) week notice before the grading period ends. The Mercer County Schools Virtual Education Program policy (Policy I-15) may be viewed on the Mercer County School’s website.   Any parent choosing this option must fill out an application by August 7, 2020.   

    If you have any questions about virtual school, please email mercercountyvirtualschool@groups.k12.wv.us 

    The online virtual school application can be accessed at:  https://tinyurl.com/virtualschoolapplication.

     

    Please review recently asked questions and answers concerning Virtual Learning

    Q: Does my child actually have a teacher?
    A: Yes, a teacher is assigned through the West Virginia Virtual School, and you may contact this teacher with questions and concerns with the course. 

    Q: Will this teacher be a Mercer County Teacher?
    A: At this time, we do not have Mercer County Teachers assigned to the West Virginia Virtual School platform.

    Q: Do I need to pick a virtual school provider?
    A: West Virginia Virtual School encompasses many providers. You do not need to select a provider listed on their website. 

    Q: Where can I see the West Virginia Virtual School course catalog?
    A: The catalog can be viewed at https://wveis.k12.wv.us/vschool/courses/coursecatalog.cfm. Please be aware that courses for Grades K-2 are being updated, and complete offerings may not be listed this time. 

    Q: My child is in elementary school. What do I list for courses?
    A: Elementary students will take a prescribed schedule of courses. For students who will be full-time virtual students in grades K-5, you can list “grade level courses”.

    Q: What is meant by IEP and 504?
    A: IEP stands for Individualized Education Program and means that your child currently receives services through special education. A 504 plan is a plan developed between the parents/guardians and the school to ensure that students with disabilities receive accommodations. If you are unsure, your child’s academic record will indicate that an IEP or 504 is in place. 

    Q: What are some challenges my student may have in a virtual program?
    A: Students may need support staying organized or maintaining a schedule to complete assignments. Time management is essential. Course guides and timelines will be available in each course, and parents/learning coaches will need to help students check and maintain progress. Teachers will also communicate concerns with the family.

    Q: What are some positive changes I may see as a result of my child being involved in the virtual program?
    A: Students have an opportunity to develop organization and time-management skills, develop a sense of responsibility, and take charge of their own learning.

    Q: What happens if we have technical issues?
    A: Mercer County Schools will provide a device for each student. Internet service is the responsibility of the family. The assigned teacher will be available for initial support and issues within the platform. For device issues, you will have access to support from the district school and Mercer County Schools Technology Department.

    Q: What if I do not know my student’s email address?
    A: You can place the parent’s email address in this section for now. The student email/password can be obtained when employees are back in the school buildings. 

    Q: What about special education students?
    A: The teacher will be made aware of the accommodations that your child currently receives and be made aware of IEP updates. The IEP team will still be involved at the district level.

    Q: What if my child begins the virtual education program and we discover that this option is not suitable for them?
    A: Students will have the option to transition back to the traditional form of school at the start of a new grading period. We ask that parents/guardians contact the school one (1) week prior to the start of a new grading period to make the necessary schedule changes to transition back to the traditional form of school.

    Q: Does my child have to log in at a specific time?
    A: No, there is not a specific time or day that your child must be online. However, it is important that you and your child communicate often with your child’s teachers.

    Q: Can my child work on the weekends?
    A: Yes. One of the benefits of taking online classes is that students can work during non-traditional school hours such as evenings and weekends.

    Q: What is the difference between virtual school and homeschool?
    A: Virtual school provides the curriculum, access to a licensed teacher, and device. Virtual school also preserves a student’s special education status or 504 plan. Parents have the option to homeschool by providing a notice of intent with the student’s name, grade, physical address, assurance of assessment, and a credential of at minimum a high school diploma/GED. When homeschool is the selected option, parents must facilitate or create a curriculum, and students do not receive special education services/maintain their 504 plan. It is the parent’s responsibility to maintain the assessment requirements set forth in West Virginia Code §18-8-1 and Mercer County Schools Policy J-03.

     

    FYI: 

    Comcast/Xfinity has extended an offer for 60 days of free home Internet for new eligible customers (800-266-2278).  Additionally, Comcast is extending free access to their public Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020.  A map of their hotspots can be found at https://wifi.xfinity.com/. 

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  • Back to School?

    As school systems across the nation wrestle with the question of how best to meet the educational needs of their students in the midst of a pandemic, Mercer County is no exception. We would appreciate your taking a few moments to complete a brief survey that includes potential school reopening models for the 20-21 school year.

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  • New Teachers Academy 2020 – 2021 and Mentor/Mentee Training

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 7/9/2020 10:00:00 AM

    New Teachers Academy 2020 – 2021

    RESCHEDULED

    August 19, 20, & 21

    Mercer County Technical Education Center – Seminar Center

    The New Teachers Academy 2020 – 2021 and Mentor/Mentee Training  schedule has been announced. Please view this page for more information.


     

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  • Summer Food Program Pick-up Locations

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 6/5/2020

    5 day Meal Boxes for Mercer County students will be available for pickup on Wednesday, beginning @ 10:30 a.m. until all boxes have been distributed.

    Pick up locations include: Bluefield Intermediate School, Montcalm Elementary, Princeton Senior High School and Spanishburg Elementary.​
    Please note that in order to avoid traffic delays on Stafford Drive, the entrance to the Princeton High location will now be from Tiger Drive.
     
    Remember as you approach the pick up point, raise your trunk lid to expedite loading.
    If you have questions, or need additional information, contact the Mercer County Schools, Office of Child Nutrition @ (304) 487-1551.​
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  • FREE SUMMER COURSES FOR STUDENTS

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 6/4/2020
    This summer Numerade is offering completely free online camps designed to help students prep for the exact courses they'll be taking in the coming school year & beyond. Our organization is dedicated to closing the educational opportunity gap, and we’re eager to help students through free and valuable opportunities.
     
    Instructed by our experienced team of PhDs and college professors, we have ten unique 8-week camps covering a variety of STEM subjects including...
     
    CAMP SESSION OPTIONS:
    Precalculus
    Calc 101/AB
    Calc 102/BC
    Calc 103
    Physics 101 - Mechanics ⚙
    Physics 102 - Electricity & Magnetism
    Physics 103 - Waves and Quantum Mechanics ️
    Chemistry 101
    Chemistry 102 ⚗
     
    Register here:

    https://www.numerade.com/summer-camp/

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  • SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 6/3/2020

    SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

    Mercer County Schools announces our sponsorship of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. Breakfast and lunch will be open to all children, ages eighteen (18) years and under, who would like to participate.  

    Meal packages containing five days of breakfasts and lunches will be at the following sites for pick-upBluefield Intermediate School, Princeton High School, Spanishburg School, and Montcalm Elementary School on Wednesdays starting June 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.  Any parents/guardians who come to one of the pick-up locations is asked to pull in and open the trunks of their vehicles for easy loading.  

    A nutritious meal is important for children to learn, play and remain active during the summer months. Remember, Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation.  

    For more information about the Mercer County Schools Summer Food Program, please call Krista Kessinger: 304-487-1551 ext. 1255. 

     

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

    (1) MAIL: U.S. Department of Agriculture 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 

    1400 Independence Avenue, SW 

    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

    (2) FAX: (202) 690-7442; or 

    (3) EMAIL: program.intake@usda.gov. 

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

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  • KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION INFO

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 6/2/2020

    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION INFO

    If you have a child who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall of 2020, and you have not yet registered him or her for school:

    You will need to call the school that serves the attendance area, in which you reside, and ask for a Kindergarten Registration Packet. You may call the school, any weekday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    If you have a neighbor, or relative who has a child who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall, please share this information with them as well.

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  • WV ESEA Waiver Request

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 4/6/2020 11:00:00 AM

    ESA Waiver The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is posting the WVDE ESEA Waiver Request for assessment administration for public comment per the requirements of the United States Department of Education (USED). The waiver request is based on the state's decision to suspend statewide summative assessments, reporting, and accountability calculations for spring 2020. The USED stipulates, "The State educational agency will provide public and all LEAs in the State with notice of the opportunity to comment on this request (e.g., by posting information regarding the waiver request and the process for commenting on the state website)."

    US Department of Education Letter

    Click here to review the letter from the United States Department of Education.

    Public Comments

    Click here to comment. 

    Homeschool In addition, the requirement for homeschool student assessment has not been waived. 
    The deadline to submit assessment results for Grades 3, 5, 8, and 11 has been adjusted from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  Utilizing the public school assessment is not an option; however, homeschool parents may choose a portfolio evaluation by a West Virginia licensed teacher, other nationally-normed assessment published in the last 10 years, or an assessment that is mutually agreed upon by the district and parent/guardian.  

    Please contact Dr. Ashley Vaughn at avaughn@k12.wv.us with questions regarding assessment requirements. 

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  • Coronavirus Plan for Mercer County Schools

    Posted by Brent Murphy on 3/12/2020
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    By order of the governor all schools in Mercer County will be closed.
     
    This closure will remain in effect until further notice.
     

    This is a fluid plan and may be updated based on the latest information from health officials: 

    • Mercer County Schools Health Services is in contact with the Mercer County Health Department (MCHD).  The MCHD is working collaboratively with WV Bureau for Public Health’s Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services and the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.  Their information is updated daily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
    • There are several different types of coronaviruses, some of which have been around for years.  These are referred to as the Common Coronaviruses and usually cause symptoms similar to the common cold.  Many of us have had common coronaviruses in the past and assumed we had the common cold, treated it as such, and recovered in a week or two. 
    • The Coronavirus that started in China in December is referred to as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

     

    We are working closely with MCHD: 

    • Using the same precautions that we have used for the regular flu and other virus protection.  Regular cleaning and disinfecting of desks, computer keyboards, door knobs, water fountains and other frequently touched surfaces within the schools.  All cleaning products in our schools have been Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved. 
    • Thorough handwashing for at least 20 seconds before meals, after using the restroom and whenever hands are visibly dirty. 
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. 
    • Cough Etiquette.  Always cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and thoroughly wash your hand immediately.  If tissues aren’t available, cough into the inside of the elbow. 
    • Hand sanitizer, with 60%-90% alcohol, may be used only when soap and water is not available.   
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with flu-like symptoms.  Those who display these symptoms should remain home until all symptoms are gone for at least 24 hours.
    • If a student or school employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, the suspected case should be immediately reported to the school and the MCHD.  COVID-19 is an immediately reportable disease. 
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