Board Considers Process for Opening School in August

“We can’t forget that our job is to educate our children.”

Hardy County Board of Education member Dixie Bean commented about students returning to school in August. The board discussed school opening in August during their meeting on Monday, May 18.

School Superintendent Sheena VanMeter presented information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the West Virginia Department of Education about the state’s plan to bring students back to school.

Photo by Jean Flanagan
Hardy County Schools PRO Alicia Sanders updated the Board of Education on her activities.

Schools in West Virginia were closed after March 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, at first until the end of March, and later through the end of the school year. 

“We have to have a systematic approach to a lot of things,” VanMeter said. “I would like to hire someone with a medical background to write a plan and train teachers. This needs to be done prior to students coming back on time. Then it will be important to keep them in school. We can use CARE funds.”

Bean suggested VanMeter contact David Pratt, a paramedic, whose fiancé is a Registered Nurse. “Dave already provides training for the Moorefield Training Center,” Bean said.

“You can’t go wrong if you follow the CDC guidelines.”

The CDC issued a publication entitled “Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which outlines criteria for opening schools, promoting healthy hygiene practices and monitoring students and staff.

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The next meeting of the Hardy County Board of Education will be held on Monday, June 1 beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Central Office, 510 Ashby St. in Moorefield. The public is invited to attend.