UPDATE: Upshur County Schools will remain remote until at least Nov. 5


UPDATE (10/29/2020 11:49 a.m.):

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Upshur County schools will remain on a remote learning schedule until at least Nov. 5, according to officials with the Upshur County Board of Education.

This decision was made due to the number of cases throughout the school system, which is currently listed as 16 active cases with an additional 81 individuals in quarantine, officials said.

Despite schools being on remote learning, sporting events have not been cancelled due to Upshur County being listed as “green” on the active COVID-19 school map which released Saturday, according to the board of education.

The earliest date which schools will resume in-person instructions will be on Nov. 5, however, that date is subject to change based off of this coming Saturday’s updated COVID-19 map, officials said.

UPDATE 10/25/20 7:04 p.m.: Upshur County students will not be returning to school for classes this week despite the county’s green classification by the Department of Education.

In a second release on Sunday, Superintendent Sara Stankus said the county will remain on remote learning due to a shortage of substitute bus drivers.

Stankus said it was not possible to cover all bus routes in the county because of that shortage.

Stankus said the county wants to see students return to school, but testing results after cases were reported in bus drivers for the county has made that impossible this week.

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – While all 14 counties in our region are cleared for in-person schooling this week, one of them is having to take some extra precautions.

In a release Sunday, Upshur County Superintendent Sara Stankus announced that COVID cases were confirmed in the school system’s transportation department.

Stankus said the schools have since completed a round of testing and that contact tracing is underway for those cases.

However, she also warned that bus routes may be impacted due to quarantines from that tracing, and some routes may not run at all.

Students whose parents choose to have them take advantage of remote learning this week will have their absences counted as excused.

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