Counties with orange and red levels are required to begin the school year with remote learning and cannot transition to in-person or blended learning models until yellow or green are achieved on the WVDE Saturday Re-entry Metrics map update.
Minimal Community Transmission
3 or FEWER CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE
- Continue best health practices to prevent the spread of disease as outlined in the WVDE Re-entry Toolkit which can be found here.
- Require face coverings* for grades 3 and above on buses and in congregant settings (outside of core groups) where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Limit activities where social distancing is not feasible.
- Engage community to actively participate in continued mitigation.
Increased Community Transmission
3.1-9.9 CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE
- Require face coverings for grades 3-5 on buses and in congregant settings (outside of core groups) where social distancing cannot be maintained. Require face coverings for grades 6 and above at all times.
- Increase student cohorting by limiting exposure outside of core groups.
- No assemblies or activities where social distancing is not feasible.
- Local education leaders work with county health officials to determine if increased mitigation and community engagement activities are necessary to prevent escalation of disease.
Heightened Community Transmission
10-24.9 CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE
- Require face coverings for grades 3 and above at all times.
- No assemblies or large group activities.
- Local county education leaders will work collaboratively with local health departments to implement aggressive mitigation measures both in schools and in communities.
Substantial Community Transmission
25+ CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE
- Suspend in-person instruction and all school-related activities immediately and may resume when yellow or green are reached on the Saturday Metric map update.
- Activate remote learning the next school day.
- Staff continues essential student support services including meals, student engagement and special education services.
Counties that choose remote learning contrary to the guidance issued by the WVDHHR and WVDE will automatically place themselves in red. As a result, all in-person instruction, and extracurricular and athletic activities will be suspended.
*This guidance reinforces face coverings unless they aggravate existing health conditions.
If COVID-19 levels increase steadily within color bands according to WV DHHR data, counties should consider increased protocols beyond these requirements.
The protocols set forth on this page will be in effect so long as the state as a whole remains below a 5% positivity rate based on a seven-day rolling basis.