UPDATE 09/22/20 at 10 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, West Virginia (WSAZ) – Students in Logan County will be returning to class for the first time since March.
Students have been gathering outside the Board of Education building since Friday, arguing that they should be allowed to take in-person classes and play sports, since Logan County is in the gold category on the map of the West Virginia color code.
Chapmanville football players Logan and Man pleaded with board members at a special meeting on Tuesday night.
Chapmanville senior Jaxson Turner said it was difficult to see other schools in neighboring counties allowed to play football as he and his teammates were denied the opportunity.
“I went up through the ranks to be a leader, to be a senior, and I felt like that had been unfairly taken away from me,” said Turner.
“We felt like Governor Jim Justice gave us a way out, gave us a way to play,” said Junior Logan Chance Maynard.
After listening to feedback from students and parents, the school board unanimously approved a reintegration plan to move to a mixed model starting Monday.
Dozens of high school students from across the county gathered outside applauded when they heard they had granted their wish.
“I am so happy that we are going back,” said Turner. “I’m so grateful because knowing this is senior year, and just high school in general, I want people to experience it. I want to be able to experience it.
Families will still have the option of distance learning if they do not yet feel safe sending their children back to school.
LOGAN COUNTY, West Virginia (WSAZ) – In-person classes will resume in Logan County after a unanimous decision Tuesday night from the Board of Education.
Board members voted 5-0 to allow the transition to mixed mode from Monday, September 28.
Meanwhile, distance learning will remain an option in any school.
School officials have come under scrutiny in recent days as some students and parents protested not having a class in person.
A large crowd of students applauded outside as the vote was announced.
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