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School mask mandate could be revisited by state, local school board

by Kate Evans Morgan County Schools Superintendent Tuttle told school board members that COVID-19 cases were coming down, but there had been a little uptick in cases. Schools had five students positive for COVID-19, 43 students in quarantine and two staff members positive for the virus as of last Tuesday, November 16. County schools are…

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High school marching bands still thriving despite pandemic limitations

by Kate Evans While COVID-19 has dampened student participation in band, the marching bands at Morgan County’s two high schools are still flourishing and performing. The Paw Paw Pirates Marching Band saw participation drop off with the pandemic but it’s slowly starting to come back, said Paw Paw Schools band director and music teacher Robert…

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Schools staying open despite rolling quarantines, COVID cases

by Kate Evans School Superintendent Kristen Tuttle said last week the county is trying to provide a fairly normal school year amid the ongoing COVID pandemic.  The big issue is staffing, she said.  The county school system is still hiring substitutes, teachers and service personnel.  Everyone is pitching in and they haven’t had to close…

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High school has minor incidents related to TikTok challenge

by Kate Evans Berkeley Springs High School has experienced a few incidents that may be related to a TikTok challenge for students to steal or damage school property or school bathrooms for attention on social media. Morgan County Schools Prevention Resource Officer Corporal Kevin Barney said that a soap dispenser and a stapler went missing…

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School board adopts Health Department mask guidance; more than 80 students quarantined, sick or being tested

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board voted to require universal indoor face coverings for students, staff and visitors on Morgan County Schools properties and buses when levels of community transmission rise to substantial or high. This is as determined by the 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases per the Morgan-Berkeley County Board…

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Face masks required in county schools for 4th week

by Kate Evans Morgan County Schools students, staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks during the week of September 6 since Morgan County community COVID-19 transmission levels are at a high level. This is in effect for the third week that students have been in class, and the fourth week that the…

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