Governor grants more leniency to private schools reopening in West Virginia

Private schools will be able to reopen sooner than public schools in West Virginia after Gov. Jim Justice struck a deal with private schools, the governor announced Wednesday.

School reopenings and other restrictions are determined by the number of COVID-19 cases per capita and the percent positivity rate in the school’s county. Each county is ranked on a color-coded scale in which restrictions progressively get stricter when cases rise.

Public schools in orange and red must halt all in-person classes. As of Wednesday, however, Justice said private schools in the orange will be allowed to reopen for in-person classes if the school tests every student
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