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Justice announces school will not resume in buildings this year, but will continue non-traditionally

By Brad McElhinny in News | April 21, 2020 at 1:12PM

Governor Jim Justice announced that students will not return to school buildings this year.
But he said students should continue to learn off-site.

“I have promised you over and over and over that I would not put you in a position that would be harmful,” Justice said. “The last thing on the planet I would do is put our kids in harm’s way.”

Justice had stopped school attendance until at least next week but had held out hope that students could return, if only to close out the year.

“We need to continue our distance learning. We need to continue feeding our students. And absolutely we need to graduate,” Justice said.

To school children, Justice said, “Please continue to try to keep up with your studies. Run through the finish line.”

He urged school districts to allow some sort of modified graduation ceremony this summer He said next fall will be different.

“We’ll definitely be back in school next year and hopefully we’ll be past all this and it will be a memory in our rear view mirror.” This is a developing story and will be updated.

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