CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — The West Virginia State Board of Education voted unanimously to send all WV students back to in-person instruction five days-a-week.

A motion was made to send all students in grades Pre-K through eighth back to in-person instruction five days-a-week by March 3, 2021. The motion was carried by unanimous voice vote.

Following the initial decision, a second motion was then made to send all WV high school students back to school five days a week for in-person instruction. The decision would only send students to school full-time if their county is not colored red on the DHHR’s County Alert System. The second motion also passed with unanimous consent.

During the WVBE’s meeting, Dr. Clay Marsh, the WV Coronavirus Czar, provided data on the transmission of COVID-19 in schools.

“Early in the pandemic we thought school transmission was closely tied to community transmission rates,” said Dr. Marsh. “We’ve since learned this is not correct. We are finding that when mitigations are followed, schools are among the safest places for our children.”

Children who are enrolled in virtual school are not affected by this decision.