Doddridge County Schools to close for the remainder of the week due to ‘rapid increase in COVID-19 cases’


WEST UNION, W.Va. — Doddridge County Schools will be closed for the remainder of the week and students will go to virtual learning.

According to a post on the Doddridge County Schools Facebook page, the closure is due to “the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases” and that all students pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade are being affected by the decision.

Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 7 and continuing throughout the week, all school buildings will be closed to students, according to the post, and students who are unable to access the internet will be contacted in order to make arrangements for their school work, the post states.

An official with the school board stated that they plan to reopen next week, but the Doddridge County Schools Facebook post states that the Saturday school education map will be what determines if in-person instruction, extra-curricular activities and sporting events will resume at that time.

The Facebook post is as follows:

The Doddridge County Health Department will also hold free COVID testing on Tuesday at Doddridge County Park following this recent spike in cases. The health department said it was important to offer free testing to help the community be more prepared.

“Since the uprise in COVID cases, we are just trying to slow the spread of this awful virus, so that’s one of the biggest reasons why we are doing this today,” said Laura Cottrill with the Doddridge County Health Department.

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