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What will school in Braxton look like? Two options available...

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series that outlines what students and parent can expect when school starts for the 2020/21 school year. It should be noted that these are the current plans adopted by the Braxton County Board of Education and School System Administrators. These plans are subject to change based on any local, state or federal mandates.
The Braxton County Board of Education has adopted two methods of instruction for the 2020-21 school year. Students can attend class at their normal location with restrictions or enroll in virtual school.
Traditional teaching will be conducted in the classrooms on a five day a week basis. However, students will be dismissed two- and one-half hours earlier than previous years, leaving just after noon. The early out will allow for daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of school facilities to minimize the risk of infection to students and staff. The cleaning has been mandated by the Braxton County Health Department.
Students will be assigned learning activities to complete at home to support daily classroom instruction.
Face covering will be required for students and faculty when social distancing cannot be observed.
In additional to students and staff, only essential visitors will be permitted inside school facilities (vendors, postal and package delivery personnel, emergency personnel etc.) Essential visitors will be screened prior to entrance and face covering will be required.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided for students.
Extracurricular and co-curricular activities will follow WVSSAC guidelines.
Parent/guardian meeting will occur virtually.
Braxton County parents may also choose to enroll their children in the West Virginia Virtual School. Students must have reliable access to high-speed to participate in this program. Instruction will be full time. Teachers and curriculum will be provided by WVVS. Grades will be issued by the WVVS teachers. Students are assigned a Braxton County teacher as a facilitator to monitor progress. Students will be required to meet virtually with facilitator once per week. The same grading scale will apply that is used in Braxton County Schools.
Virtual students will observe the same calendar as Braxton County Schools.
Meals will be available for parents to pick up.
Next week: School Bus Protocol.


Riffle, Ault, Moats, Thompson
receive prison terms, others have day in Circuit Court

Numerous court orders were recently completed by the Honorable Richard A. Facemire in the Braxton County Circuit Court including three individuals being set to prison. These hearings were conducted using Skype video conferencing and via telephone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state was represented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Mosko.

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Local resident begins Kitten Adoption Program

With the struggle against the worldwide pandemic, one issue has become widely debated in our country. Throughout the United States, attitudes toward wearing masks to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus differ, sometimes strongly. Interviews of some Braxton County residents reflect some of those differences.

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Free testing uncovers
9th COVID case in county

The Braxton County Health Department has received notification of a positive laboratory of the 9th case of COVID-19 in Braxton County. The identification came during the two-day free drive-through testing hosted by the Health Department, Braxton County Commission and Care Express. The local healthcare provider tested a total of 210 individuals during the event. Only one tested positive

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Energy Assistance Program for low income residents available


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has begun mailing applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) on July 31, to households who were approved for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) but did not receive LIEAP. To be eligible to receive the LIEAP application, a household would have been approved for SNAP on or after April 1, 2020.

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