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Wood County Schools pauses packets of instruction

PARKERSBURG — Instructional packets for Wood County Schools students will not be distributed this week and officials asked parents to hold on to the previous materials sent home last week.

Pick-up locations at each school will open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday for each day through April 2, with packets being available outside of the schools. The packets are based on grade level and subject and contain “learning engagement activities” for students, said Christie Willis, director of curriculum for Wood County Schools.

“Because of the governor’s stay-at-home order, we can’t have the teachers in our buildings making copies and preparing the packets,” Willis said. “We’ve changed our game plan, and the packets will be the same at each school.”

In a statement released Wednesday, Wood County Schools officials said families with internet access should continue to do the lessons online and should not pick up the paper packets.

“The packets are for families that do not have wi-fi or an electronic device,” Willis said. “It’s either or right now.”

Online lessons can be accessed through https://wcsinnovate.com/learnathome or via LiveGrades.

Officials said for students taking Advanced Placement or Dual Credit courses for college credit, the assignments are only provided online. Students should contact their teacher or school administrator if they have not connected with the teacher.

Last week, instructional packets were sent home with families when they picked up food at the schools, but since then officials have expressed concerns over paper and cardboard holding the coronavirus for several days.

Officials say families should hold on to any completed work until schools reopen.

“We’re looking for the safest way for packets to be delivered or picked up, or if that is even possible with the stay at home order,” Superintendent Will Hosaflook said during Tuesday’s online Wood County Board of Education meeting. “We’re trying to keep everyone safe.”

Contact Michael Erb at merb@newsandsentinel.com.

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