Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Updates Phased Reopening Plan for Schools (July 6, 2020)
On June 9, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam announced a phased reopening of K-12 schools, which gradually permits in-person instruction to resume while prioritizing the health and safety of students and staff. In order to minimize the disparate impacts closures have had on students, this approach prioritizes the needs of students who have been most impacted by school building closures, and for whom in-person instruction is most beneficial. It simultaneously recognizes the disruption closures have had on all students and seeks to bring them back to the classroom as soon as is safe and practicable.
The Phase Guidance for Virginia Schools-This is a PDF document. was updated on July 6, 2020 as Virginia entered Phase 3 of Forward Virginia. The update includes a letter from Dr. Norman Oliver, State Health Commissioner, and Dr. James Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction. Refer to School Reopening FAQ for related guidance from the Virginia Department of Education.
On July 23,2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released additional resources related to school reopening, including:
Coronavirus Information & Resources
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has been working closely with the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health, and other state agencies to ensure our public schools and communities have the most up-to-date information and resources. The health and safety of our children and staff are our top priorities. Visit COVID-19 & Virginia Public Schools and School Closure Frequently Asked Questions for the latest information.
Virginia's Return to School Plan
Final Legislative Report for the 2020 General Assembly
The final 2020 General Assembly session legislative tracking reports are now available. These reports reflect the final actions on education-related legislation, including Appropriation Act language and resolutions.
Virginia is for Learners
Education is our most effective tool to reduce poverty, address racism, and sustain economic advancement for all Virginians. The Commonwealth is committed to ensuring that students and families in Virginia, regardless of their race, economic status, or the languages they speak at home, feel welcomed in their schools. Visit VirginiaIsForLearners.virginia.gov to learn more about the commitment to ensure that the Commonwealth’s public education system is positioned to achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students.
School Quality Profiles
Virginia’s School Quality Profiles provide information about accreditation, student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest to parents and the general public. School Quality Profile reports are available for schools, school divisions and for the commonwealth.
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News & Announcements
- August 7, 2020 – Two Virginia Teachers Earn Presidential Mathematics & Science Teaching Awards-This is a Word document.
- August 4, 2020 – 2020 Virginia is for All Learners Education Equity Virtual Summit August 5-6-This is a Word document.
- August 4, 2020 – State Superintendent Waives Accreditation for the 2021-2022 School Year-This is a Word document.
- July 23, 2020 – August 31 is the Deadline to Submit Science Textbook Public Comment
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