Superintendent's Comments

Over the past months, the district has been planning for our school re-entry options, considering the safety of all of our KCS families–employees and our school families–first.  A re-entry committee comprised of teachers, school administrators and parents have been meeting to give feedback. We provided a form for employee/student/parent feedback. And, we’ve been adjusting to updates by both the Governor’s Office and the West Virginia Department of Education.

During this time of uncertainty, we want you to know that:

  • our plan is designed with the health and safety of our students and our employees as the top priority, while also meeting educational, social and emotional needs
  • there are multiple options available for parents and teachers we will be ready to change course as needed if/when there is updated health information or if/when it is appropriate

The 2020-21 school year will look different, but it’s an opportunity for us to continue to excel both remotely and in our classrooms. We know that Kanawha County is uniquely positioned to offer dynamic, standards-based education both inside and outside of the classroom and we are ready to continue that dedication. 

Change is constant at this time. We ask that you continue to have patience as new situations arise and change, and we work to adjust our course and find solutions as well – always putting the student first. All updates will be provided via parent/staff call-out, through Schoology, through our website, and/or through social media.

We look forward to welcoming back our students and staff and will always strive to meet the needs of our communities. This document contains the current return to school plans and our safety protocols. Again, please know that portions of this plan may change. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, or email us at


Tom Williams, Superintendent

Kanawha County Schools

Our Goals

Keep our students, employees, and community safe
Return students in our traditional (non-virtual) schools to full-time, five-day a week in-person instruction as soon as it is safe to do so
Make decisions based on objective information provided by scientific, public health, and medical experts
This plan is subject to change as best practices evolve and protocols are determined to be ineffective or unsustainable

Important Terms to Understand

Learning Terms

uFull In person – This is face to face instruction where students attend their Kanawha County school on a normal schedule.
ueLearning – Students are enrolled in Kanawha County Schools but stay home and learn online with a KCS Teacher.
uVirtual – Students are enrolled in Kanawha County Schools but stay at home.  The courses the students take are through the WV Department of Education Virtual Program and are self paced.
uRemote – This term may be used if the Governor mandates a stay at home order.  If this were to happen, all students would learn from home and follow the KCSchoology eLearning program.
uHomeschool – Parents home school their child and choose/purchase curriculum.  Student not enrolled in Kanawha County Schools.

Projected Timeline

Re-Entry Timeline
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