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  • Students will return to in-person learning on Nov. 4th

    Mercer County is YELLOW on the WVDE map today. Mercer County students will return to in-person learning on Wednesday, Nov. 4th under Model B (50% of students each day) for elementary and secondary students on the following schedule:

     

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  • Additional Covid Case at BMS


    An additional positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed at Bluefield Middle School. All Mercer County students are learning remotely from October 21st-November 3rd. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing.

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  • Two additional Covid cases at BMS 10/27


    Two additional positive Covid-19 cases have been confirmed at Bluefield Middle School (one yesterday and one today). All Mercer County students are learning remotely from October 21st-October 30th. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing.

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  • **VIRTUAL SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS**
    October 22, 2020
     
    Parents:
     
    We understand that this semester has been full of challenges. Thank you for your patience with us while we have worked to provide options for your children during this time. Please allow us the opportunity to clarify some information about virtual school.
     
    ANY STUDENT RETURNING TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
    Students may transition back to in-person instruction for the second nine-week period by notifying the school by October 26, 2020. The second nine-weeks begins on November 3, 2020. Upon a student’s return to in-person instruction, a school team will review when the student’s courses were assigned, progress in the course, and grades assigned by the West Virginia Virtual Teacher. The school team will determine the grade that is transcribed on the student’s record. Students will only receive credit for work completed.
     
    ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVES
    Elementary and middle school electives will be available throughout the first and second semester. All core and elective courses must be completed by May 28, 2021.
     
    HIGH SCHOOL ELECTIVES
    Originally, it was communicated that Part 1 of Fall electives should be finished by November 2, 2020. We understand that there are many parts to complete in each course. Therefore, Part 1 will remain open as long as the student needs to complete. Please be reminded, that Part 2 cannot be accessed until Part 1 is completed. If needed, Part 2 of the Fall electives will remain open past January 20, 2021. At the start of second semester, two additional electives will be loaded for each student. Part 1 and Part 2 of each elective will need to be completed by May 28, 2021. Spring electives will not remain open for the student past this date, as facilitators and school staff will not be available to assist. Students will only receive credit for work completed. Please be reminded that work that is not completed will result in failing grades, and this may result in you failing the course.
     
    ENROLLING IN VIRTUAL SCHOOL
    Enrollment for new virtual students will begin in early December. New virtual students will begin virtual coursework on January 21, 2021. If your student is already enrolled in the virtual platform, there is no need to re-enroll or complete a new application.
     
    For further questions, you may call Pupil Services at (304) 487-1551.
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  • Additional Case of Covid-19 at Glenwood 10/22

    An additional positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed at Glenwood School requiring additional student and staff to be quarantined. Those affected have been notified.

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  • Positive Covid-19 Case at Glenwood School

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed at Glenwood School. All Mercer County students are learning remotely from October 21st-October 30th. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of affected areas will be completed.

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  • Positive Covid Cases at Bluefield Middle 10/21 

    Two positive Covid-19 cases have been confirmed at Bluefield Middle School. All Mercer County students are learning remotely from October 21st-October 30th. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • BMS & Glenwood Volleball teams quarantined

    Due to positive Covid-19 cases, the Glenwood and Bluefield Middle School's volleyball teams have been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing.

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  • Mercer County Schools Remote Learning 10/21-10/30:
    The number of positive cases of Covid-19 in Mercer County and the resulting number of staff ordered to quarantine has resulted in the inability to adequately staff our schools and properly supervise students. Therefore, Mercer County Schools will be providing instruction through 100% remote learning for all students effective Wednesday, October 21st through Friday, October 30th. Mercer County Schools will re-evaluate when the West Virginia Department of Education metric map comes out on October 31st and an announcement detailing school schedules will be posted.
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    PVHS Cross Country Team Quarantined

    Due to a positive Covid-19 case, the PikeView High School cross country team has been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing.

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  • Mercer County Elementary Students will get a chance to ask an astronaut questions!
    Please join a virtual conversation hosted by U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Representative Carol Miller, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine with Astronaut Loral O’Hara on Wednesday, October 28, from 9:00 – 10:00 AM ET.
     
    Ask questions and learn about NASA’s exciting plans to go back to the Moon and beyond!
    Students can submit questions to hq-virtual@mail.nasa.gov with subject line: “WV Student.” Submissions must include: full name, grade, and school. Questions are due by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, Oct. 26. (Please Note: While we wish we could answer all questions, due to time constraints we may not get through all student questions.)
     
    To join the meeting, please click on the link below:
    Event number: 199 917 7107
    Event password: s5N9qkPEP*6
    To learn more about NASA STEM Engagement:
    To learn more about NASA’s Artemis Program visit:
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  • Positive case at PVHS 10/19

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed for an employee at PikeView High School. Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • Positive Case at Mountain Valley School 10/19

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed at Mountain Valley School. Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • Additional Covid Case at Mercer School 10/18

    An additional positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed at Mercer School.  Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined.  The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing.  Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • Positive Covid-19 case at Brushfork 10/18

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed for an employee at Brushfork School.  Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined.  The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing.  Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed. 

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  • Week of October 19-23

    IMPORTANT: Mercer County is labeled as YELLOW on the West Virginia Department of Education's metric map; however, Mercer County's infection rate has increased to ORANGE. In an abundance of caution, ALL schools in Mercer County, including elementary schools, will follow the Model B schedule (50% of the students attend each day). The schedule for the week of October 19-23 will be:
     
    Monday 10/19: last names beginning A-K
    Tuesday 10/20: last names beginning L-Z
    Wednesday 10/21: last names beginning A-K
    Thursday 10/22: last names beginning L-Z
    Friday 10/23: last names beginning A-K
     
    *PikeView Middle School, Princeton High School, Straley School, and the 7th grade at Princeton Middle School remain on remote learning. An announcement will be made when those students may return to in-person school.
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  • Straley School Remote Learning beginning 10/19

    Due to the positive cases of Covid-19 and the number of staff required to quarantine, Straley School will move to remote learning starting Monday, October 19th. An announcement will be made when students may return for in-person school. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of affected areas will be completed.

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  • Positive Covid-19 Case at Straley School 10/17

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed for an employee at Straley School.  Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined.  The Mercer County Health department will conduct futher contact tracing.  Deep cleaning and disinfection of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • Positive Covid Case at Mercer School 10/17

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed for an employee at Mercer School.  Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined.  The Mercer County Health department will conduct futher contact tracing.  Deep cleaning and disinfection of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • Positive Covid Case Adult Program at MCTEC 10/16

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed in an adult education program at Mercer County Technical Education Center. All staff and students known to be exposed have been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • Positive Covid Case at Glenwood School 10/16

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed for an employee at Glenwood School. Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • Positive Covid Cases at PVHS 10/15

    There are 3 positive Covid-19 cases at PikeView High School. The three individuals were previously quarantined and will remain quarantined. Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • Non-Traditional Day 10/16

    Tomorrow, October 16, 2020, is a scheduled non-tradtional day.  All students remain home and learn remotely.  Staff will report to school as usual.

     

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  • Meal-Pack Pickups today 10/15 for Remote Students
     
    Meal Packs will be available today for students/schools on remote learning due to school or grade closure from Covid-19 at the following schools:
     
    PikeView Middle: 5-day meal packs will be available for pickup today at 3:30
     
    Princeton Middle School: 2-day meal packs for 7th graders only will be available for pickup today at 3:30
     
    Princeton High: 2-day meal packs will be available for pickup at 3:30.
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  • Positive Covid Case at Straley 10/14

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed for an employee at Straley School. Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

     

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  • Additional Bluefield High Positive Covid Case 10/14

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed for a student at Bluefield High School. Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • Princeton Middle School's 7th grade to move to remote

    There is a confirmed case of Covid-19 at Princeton Middle School.  Due to the number of staff ordered to quarantine, the 7th grade students at Princeton Middle School will move to remote learning beginning Wednesday, October 14th.  An announcement will be made when these students may return to in-person instruction.  Sixth and 8th grade students will continue to report to school as usual.  Again, only 7th grade students are moving to remote.  All sports activities are suspended until further notice.

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  • Princeton High School returning to remote 10/14

    There is an additional confirmed case of Covid-19 at Princeton High School. Due to the number of staff ordered to quarantine, Princeton High School will move to remote learning beginning Wednesday, October 14th. An announcement will be made when students may return to in-person instruction. All sports activities are suspended until further notice.

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  • CONGRATULATIONS to Jenny Lilly, a nurse for Mercer County Schools for being chosen as the School Nurse of the Year by the West Virginia Association of School Nurses!
     
    Jenny is described by co-workers as “highly skilled, extremely knowledgeable and a compassionate team player”. She has spent over a decade as a school nurse in Mercer County. Prior to school nursing, Jenny spent time in long term care, intensive care, and also in global health living in Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
     
    Jenny’s accomplishments include National Board Certification and Past President of the West Virginia Association of School Nurses. Further, she is a certified American Heart Association First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor and a trained Boy Scout Leader. Jenny worked to ensure her county has stock epinephrine in schools and assisted in writing a head lice policy for Mercer County which aligned with the American Academy of Pediatrics. Additionally, as a strong proponent of mental health, Jenny is working to develop a mental health program for her county and presented strategies to staff on Compassion Fatigue. jlilly
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  • Covid Quarantine FAQ's:

    Q:   How is it decided who must quarantine and who doesn’t? 

    A:   People who have had 15 minutes of close contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19 have to quarantine.  For example, if a student in a class tests positive, the entire class and teacher would have to quarantine as well as students on their bus and bus driver.  Students in other classes would not have to quarantine because they were not in close contact with the positive person for 15 minutes.  Another example:  if someone in your household must quarantine because he/she came in close contact for at least 15 minutes of someone with Covid-19, that doesn’t mean you have to quarantine.  You were not in contact with the positive person, your family member was.  If your family member eventually tests positive, then you must quarantine. 

    Information from the CDC: Who needs to Quarantine?  People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

    What counts as close contact? 

    • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more 
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19 
    • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them) 
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils 
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you 

     

    Q:  How is the decision made to close a school and go remote? 

    A:  It all comes down to how many positive cases there are and how many teachers must quarantine.  Many times, the decision to go remote comes down to not having enough teachers/substitutes in the building to supervise all the students due to the number of teachers/staff who are ordered to quarantine.  If students in multiple grade levels test positive, all their teachers must quarantine.  If it is one teacher, then just that teacher and his/her students must quarantine.  The rest of the school can continue in-person instruction.  In these cases, the health department gets class lists from the school, conducts contact tracing, and notifies all who need to quarantine. 

     

    Q:  Who makes these decisions? 

    A:  Once the central office is notified of the positive case, we work with the Mercer County Health Department to determine if a group can be quarantined or if the entire school must close and go remote.   

     

     

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    Positive Covid Case at BHS

    A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed for an employee at Bluefield High School. Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

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  • PikeView Middle School Going Remote

    There is a confirmed case of Covid-19 at PikeView MIDDLE School. In an abundance of caution, PikeView MIDDLE School will move to all remote instruction beginning Monday, October 12th. An announcement of when students may return to in-person school will occur after further contact tracing by the Mercer County Health Department. All sports activities including games and practices are suspended until further notice. 

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  • Title I presents: "Title Tuesday Virtual P.D. Series for October" 

     

    "Schoology for K-2 Teachers"

    by: Heather Farley, Technology Integration Specialist

     

    "Schoology for 3-5 Teachers"

    by: Jarrod O'Dell, Technology Integration Specialist

    October 20th

     2:45 - 4:15 

    via TEAMS

    Participate from your classroom.

    $75 stipend

    Look for Invitation Soon!

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  • Supplement to Mercer County Schools’ Reopening Plan:

    Due to recent changes in the Covid-19 county alert system, revisions to Mercer County Schools Reopening Plan is necessary. Two rates used to determine the state color-coding system are posted on the WVDHHR site (https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx) – Incidence Rate and Positivity Rate:
     
    -Incidence Rate: the number of active cases currently in our county compared to our over-all population
    -Positivity Rate: the number of positive Covid-19 tests divided by the total number of tests given that day
    Prior to September 25, 2020, the state used the Incidence Rate to determine the daily color map for counties. As of September 26, 2020, the state uses the lower of the two numbers (between Incidence Rate and Positivity Rate) to determine a county’s color. Other changes at the state level were the addition of the “gold” color and changes in colors that allow in-person instruction. The following chart details the Incidence and Positivity rates for Mercer County during the past five days:
     
    Date       Incidence Rate        Positivity Rate
    9/26         3.40 (yellow)         1.28 (green)
    9/27         3.40 (yellow)         1.44 (green)
    9/28         5.35 (yellow)         1.90 (green)
    9/29         5.59 (yellow)         1.89 (green)
    9/30         5.59 (yellow)         1.82 (green)
     
    It is Mercer County Schools’ belief that our students’ and employees’ health and safety is of paramount importance; we will employ a cautious approach while providing continuity and stability to our students’ schedules. Schedules chosen for elementary and secondary schools are based on our ability to cohort groups and to reduce numbers of students in classes and schools.
     
    -Cohorts: Elementary school students remain in the same classroom all day long with the same group of students. These students can attend school five days a week because their risk of exposure during the day is minimized.
    -Reduced numbers: In middle and high schools, students cannot be in cohorts all day long because they change classes and take different electives. Reducing the number of students in those classes by 50% each day allows for social distancing within classrooms and hallways.
     
    When a county is designated as green, yellow, or gold on the WVDE and WVDHHR Covid maps, the county may determine the number of days students attend school and the length of the day. The Governor determined if a county is designated as orange on Saturday at 5:00 p.m., then they will go remote the following week. If a county is designated red at any time, they go remote the next day.
     
    If Mercer County Schools is designated as green, yellow or gold:
    -Elementary students will follow Blended Model A; students attend school five days a week
    -Middle and high school students will follow Blended Model B; 50% of the students attend each day. UNLESS: both the Incidence and Positivity rates are below 3.0 for TWO weeks, then middle and high school students will attend five days a week. If either number goes above 3.0, then middle and high school students will go back to the 50% schedule the following week.
     
    Sports:
    WVSSAC regulations regarding sporting events, practices, and who may attend sporting events are determined by the state map.
     
    Mercer County Schools will always post on our Facebook page, website, and provide an automated call on Saturday evenings to alert parents of the upcoming week’s school schedule.
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  • Virtual College Exploration

     

    WVACRAO is proud to present our Virtual College Exploration program, for all West Virginia students, October 12 - October 29. Registration is now open for students, parents, and counselors. 

    The multi-week program consists of hundreds of opportunities for students to learn about the college search process and about many different colleges through panel presentations and information sessions.  

    Students will gain a wealth of college knowledge, get exposure to a variety of colleges, and have the opportunity to ask questions of admission counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online environment. 

    All high school students, parents, and counselors throughout West Virginia are all welcome to attend. Participation is free. 

    Students should participate live so they can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors. If students are unable to attend live, we still encourage them to register for the sessions they are interested in and recordings will be available on the WVACRAO website later.

     

    Hear from
    Admission Officers

    Experienced admission counselors will tell you what you need to know

    Gain Important College Knowledge

    Choose from 100 different presentations and information sessions

    63 Colleges and Universities

    Learn more about a many different colleges from 9 states, Washington DC and 2 countries!

    View the Schedule

    https://www.wvacrao.org/studentaccess

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  • Important Dates on the Modified Calendar for 2020-2021 School Year 

     

    There are no 2-hour early dismissals this school year 

    *Social Studies Fair, Science Fair, Math Field Day, Spelling Bee, and other group events will be announced as we receive information.   

    • October 16, 2020:  NT Day (Non-Traditional Day)-staff report, students stay home and complete remote assignments.  This is considered an instructional day 
    • November 3, 2020:  Election Day-No School 
    • November 11, 2020:  Veteran’s Day-No School 
    • November 26-27:  Fall Break-No School.  November 25th has been converted to an instructional day 
    • December 23, 2020:  NT Day-staff report, students stay home and complete remote assignments.  This is considered an instructional day. 
    • December 24-January 1st:  Winter Break-No School 
    • January 18, 2021:  MLK Day-No School 
    • January 20, 2021: End of First Semester 
    • February 26, 2021:  NT Day-staff report, students stay home and complete remote assignments.  This is considered an instructional day. 
    • April 2nd & 5th:  OS Days (may be taken for snow) 
    • April 23, 2021:  NT Day-staff report, students stay home and complete remote assignments.  This is considered an instructional day. 
    • May 21, 2021:  NT Day-staff report, students stay home and complete remote assignments.  This is considered an instructional day. 
    • May 28, 2021:  Students’ Last Day 
    • May 31, 2021:  Memorial Day-No School 
    • June 1, 2021:  Teacher Workday-closing of school 
    • June 1-30, 2021:  OS Days (if taken for snow) 
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  • Dis-enrolling from Virtual School

     

    Attention Virtual Students/Parents: If after the first few days you have decided you do not want your child to participate in virtual school and wish to re-enroll them in in-person school, you may do so up until Friday, September 25, 2020. After that, your child must wait until the end of the grading period to re-enroll, and the school must be given a week's notice. The date schools must be notified in this instance is October 26, 2020.

     
     
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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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  • Parent Schoology Training Video

    Posted by Amy Harrison on 9/28/2020

     

    Parent Schoology Training Video

     

    https://youtu.be/sW3oePuFhG4

     

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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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