CHARLESTON — For a second-straight week, Boone County remained a “yellow” status on the West Virginia Department of Education map on Saturday.
The new map went public more than six hours later than the usual release time of 5 p.m. because the review team needed more time to analyze the data.
Eleven West Virginia county school systems will initiate an all-remote instruction mechanism next week because of high incidences of COVID-19 cases.
Mingo and Mineral are in the “red” status this week and nine counties — Hampshire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marshall, Ohio, Putnam, Tyler, Wyoming and Wood — are “orange,” which sends them to remote instruction.
There are six counties in the “gold” status — Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Pleasants, Wetzel and Wirt. They are permitted in-person instruction with additional safety precautions.
The yellow status is achieved via the formula; 3.1-9.9 cases of infection per 100,000 or 3-3.9% positivity rate, with the lower figure being used.
A yellow status produces the following guidelines for schools:
- Increase student cohorting by limiting exposure outside of core groups.
- Limit assemblies or large group activities where social distancing is not possible.
- Local education leaders work with county health officials to determine if increased mitigation and community engagement activities are necessary to prevent escalation of disease.
Guidelines for athletics include:
Athletic and extra-curricular activities permit immediate household family members and grandparents.
- According to WVSSAC guidelines cheerleaders and bands may participate at home games.
The new map is scheduled to update on Nov. 14.