Preparation, not panic: Berkeley County Schools working with health officials

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County Schools are staying on top of it – that’s the word on coronavirus from Superintendent Dr. Patrick Murphy.

Murphy said the school system is letting parents know if field trips or competitions outside of the district are impacted by coronavirus.

They are taking a measured approach, but want to assure students that accommodations will be made if days are missed due to illness according to Murphy.

“If you’re sick, stay home. Get well. Take care of yourself. And I think I’m reinforcing that message not only for our students, but also for our staff. They’re a vital part of what we do and we want to make sure they’re at the top of their game,” Dr. Murphy said.

Dr. Murphy segment begins at around 27:30

Dr. Murphy said the school system is working closely with the county health department and is looking at learning alternatives should students have to stay home for extended periods, including online classrooms.

“We have that ability and we are looking into that, just like other districts across the country are doing the same. We hope we don’t have to go in that direction, but it’s always good to have a plan and be prepared,” said Murphy.

Story by Marsha Chwalik