Students exercise First Amendment rights, push for five-day-a-week school
By Liz Beavers
KEYSER - Two young Mineral County students, unhappy with the blended approach to school this year, exercised their First Amendment rights Wednesday and held a peaceful protest along U.S. Route 220.
Elaina and Skylar Woods made their own signs asking for school to return to a full five days a week and stood with them along the highway in front of the former Murray’s Restaurant.
According to a family member, the girls thought up the idea on their own and plan another protest in the same spot Saturday, Oct 17, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
The signs read “Our knowledge matters” and “We want to go to school five days a week please!”
When school opened in West Virginia on Sept. 8, Mineral County adopted a blended approach of having students attend in-person two days a week and online for three days.
The Mineral County Board of Education does have an “updated re-entry plan” on its agenda for discussion during their meeting on Tuesday.
Elaina is a student at Keyser Middle School and Skylar is at Keyser Primary.