Color codes to determine how W.Va. schools respond to virus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia is adopting a color code system for local school districts to use in determining the level of restrictions for in-person classes, or whether to move to remote learning, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Jim Justice unveiled the color code system Friday afternoon. Each Saturday, each county will be assigned a color, which will determine how school will take place the following week. Changes in the middle of a week could also have an effect on how the remainder of the week plays out.

The colors are:

  • Green, minimal community transmission (7 or fewer cases per 100,000 people)
  • Yellow, increased community transmission (8-15 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Orange, heightened community transmission (16-24 cases per 100,000 people)
  • Red, substantial community transmission (25 or more cases per 100,000 people)

Counties in the green category have few restrictions but are encouraged to continue practices to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Restrictions increase up the scale, until they reach red, when all classroom instruction and extracurricular activities are suspended and schools switch to remote learning.

Gov. Justice also said any county that is in the orange classification prior to the start of the school year on Sept. 8 would be required to implement distance learning as well.

Currently, only three West Virginia counties are in orange or red status. They include Logan, which is red, and Mingo and Grant, which are orange.

Gov. Jim Justice’s August 14 coronavirus press briefing.