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Virginia Public Schools Will Be Opening This Fall. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Virginia schools will be back in sessions this fall, but not before many task forces in cities and towns throughout the state figure out exactly how to do that safely.  Gov. Ralph Northam and his administration issued guidance in June for reopening K-12 schools in three phases. Schools will be required to come up with...

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Virginia College Fall 2020: Your Guide to Reopening Amid Coronavirus

UPDATE (June 11): Gov. Ralph Northam announced that colleges will reopen in the fall with comprehensive public health plans in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The guidelines differ from the ones put in place for K-12 schools, which are focused on three phases for reopening.  The college reopening guidelines require schools to monitor...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam listens as he prepares to speak to a group of volunteers to distribute supplies at health equity community event Tuesday May 12, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Northam: Schools in Virginia Will Reopen This Fall

Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia schools will reopen in the fall, but the school day will feel different due to modifications for social distancing. “The school experience will look very different,” Northam said. “Phases will allow in-person instruction, but slowly. We’ll start with small groups [of students] which will give schools the flexibility they...

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Virginia Summer Camps: All Of The Spots That Are Closed For the Summer

Many summer camps in the commonwealth have decided not to host campers this year in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The decision is sure to have an impact on families in Virginia that depend on camps for school age children while parents are working through the summer months.  And according to the...

Cafeteria worker, Estell Swain, center, loads food packs along with school nurse, Mary Hovermale, left, as cafeteria manager David Anderson, right, distributes meals to students at Fairfield Middle School Wednesday March 18 , 2020, in Richmond due to caronavirus. Henrico county public school system is distributing lunches for low income students. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Betsy DeVos Could Cost Low-Income Virginia Students Millions

Richmond Public Schools and others in the state are already suffering from budget shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now officials say new guidelines from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos could make matters worse. Congress approved about $13.5 billion in relief funding for elementary and secondary schools, which was primarily meant for public schools....

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Why Obama’s 2020 Commencement Speech Means So Much to High School Seniors

Obama’s office acknowledged that requests for him to speak played a role in his decision to address graduating seniors.

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Virginia Beach Public Schools Decides Not to Grade Students For the Final Academic Quarter

Students attending Virginia Beach Public Schools will not be graded on their academic performance for the final quarter of the school year.  The announcement from the schools’ superintendent, Dr. Aaron Spence, doesn’t mean that students can slack off in the final quarter of the school year though. To move on to the next grade level,...