Thank you for the time and energy you continue to bring to our children. You have seen the level of need and risen to the occasion as always. Our families have seen the need as well and supported us in making schedule adjustments to keep our commitments to kids. We are updating you on those adjustments for planning purposes and to ensure we all have the same information. Please remember that November 19th was the last Friday that students attend a half-day. We will resume our normal full-day schedule the week following Fall Thanksgiving Break.
What WV State Code and Policy say:
Early Dismissals and Late Arrivals: Pursuant to WV State Code §18-5-45 (2)(A) A county board may increase the length of the instructional day as defined in this section by at least thirty minutes per day to ensure that it achieves at least an amount of instructional time equivalent to one hundred and eighty separate instructional days within its school calendar and: (iii) Apply any additional equivalent time to recover time lost due to late arrivals and early dismissals. This enables county boards of education to use up to 40 hours over the 180-day instructional term for late arrivals and early dismissals at their discretion and that of the county superintendent.
What We Have Done to Increase Our Fill Rate:
HR has run multiple job and recruiting fairs, partnered with universities, and worked with career switchers to develop a deeper bench during these difficult hiring times. Below are the number of new substitutes by category they have hired, certified, and onboarded:
Teacher Day to Day 31
Teacher LTS 1
Bus Operator 1