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AFT-WV Survey Results

AFT-WV President Fred Albert appeared on Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval this morning.

Among the topics discussed: the results of quick (and def not scientific!) online survey by AFT-WV, conducted just to gauge the feelings of members about how the 2019-20 school year school be concluded.

 

Update: AFT-WV Summer School

We regret to announce the 2020 AFT-WV Summer School has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. While we are saddened to cancel our signature event, the health and safety of our members is our top priority. While no one knows what the next days or weeks will hold for us, we cannot imagine a circumstance where it would be safe (or even permitted, if we are still under current emergency orders) to hold an event with 200+ members from all across the state.

Primary election date moved, school closures extended

Update: 4-1-20

Gov. Jim Justice has delayed West Virginia’s Primary Election until June 9, past the anticipated peak of the coronavirus outbreak.

The governor also extended the closure of state K-12 schools until the end of April.

Both moves put West Virginia in line with federal social distancing guidelines that last until April 30. The most recent goal was April 20.

 

2020 Primary Endorsements

The AFT-WV Committee on Political Education met on Friday, March 27th via video teleconference to determine the union's endorsements for the 2020 primary election. 

The endorsements were determined by several factors including candidate survey responses and voting record (if applicable.)  Additionally, one endorsement for a Supreme Court seat was later rescinded. 

Update from WVDE: March 24

The WVDE released the information below today: 
 
COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURE FINANCE FAQ 3.24.2020 
Note:  These responses from the WVDE are based on the COVID-19 health emergency status as of today’s date and are subject to change as this health emergency evolves.  This guidance is general in nature and exceptions may be appropriate based on each county’s unique circumstances.   
 
 
Q1. How should county boards handle paying their spring sport coaches given shortened/canceled seasons?   

Absentee Ballot Information

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the WV Secretary of State has extended absentee ballot voting to include anyone who is concerned that voting in person during the May 12 primary could affect their health.