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Brooke County parents have options for new school year

WELLSBURG — Brooke County Schools wants to give students and their families the option of in-person classes or remote learning at home as re-entry plans are being finalized for the upcoming school year.

The plans should be ready for presentation to members of the board of education at their meeting Monday night, according to Stephanie Zimmer, director of technology, assessment and communication for Brooke County Schools.

“We’re continuing to develop three plans, and those plans will be in a red, yellow and green phase,” Zimmer said. “We’re hoping to go back on a full green (or five-day in-person schooling) phase. The plans will contain both in-person and virtual options, and we will be sending out more information.”

The other plans will give students and families a choice for a blended in-school/virtual option, or for an all remote learning in the school district, she said.

On Friday, principals will be briefed on the details of the re-entry plans, and teachers and staff will be next to hear the information.

All three plans are to be presented to the Brooke County Board of Education at its next meeting, set for 5 p.m. Monday. More details on the plans will be available to parents and students after Monday’s board meeting, according to Zimmer.

School officials have sent out surveys to families, and they will continue to send out more, she said.

The surveys seek to find out the technology needs for students, and what the needs of the staff should be if the district needs to go to full remote learning.

“We’re getting ready to work on other surveys — to see what parents are planning, and what they want us to do,” Zimmer said. “Some parents have said they are eager for us to be back. Others are concerned and would like their child to go (the) virtual route. We are receiving both ends of the spectrum.

“In the office, we say it’s a lose-lose for us. There is no way to meet the needs everybody has, so we are trying to be flexible and come up with options.”

The district announced earlier this week that a graduation ceremony for the Brooke High School Class of 2020 on Thursday will not happen due to a recent increase in coronavirus cases locally.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the school board was scheduled to meet in-person at 5 p.m. Monday at the Brooke High School auditorium.

(King can be contacted at jking@theintelligencer.net)

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