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.
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
Mary Peake Award for Excellence in Education Equity
August 1 is now the deadline to nominate educators, policy makers, education advocacy groups, and stakeholder organizations for the Mary Peake Award for Excellence in Education Equity. The award will honor Mrs. Peake’s legacy of courage and determination with the annual recognition of outstanding work toward our shared goal to advance equitable outcomes for all students.
Virginia is for Learners
Virginia is for Learners keeps parents, educators and all Virginians informed about and involved in changes to Virginia’s public education system that produce better-prepared students, a stronger workforce and a healthier economy in every corner of the state. This statewide initiative will connect every student with the knowledge, skills and real-world experience necessary to thrive in the economy of the future.
Graduation & Continuity of Learning Guidance
Guidance on Graduation Requirements, Awarding of Credits, and Continuity of Learning provides school divisions information and solutions around graduation requirements, promotion, new instruction, and ease of process. The intent is not to over burden or restrict our school divisions but to provide hope, engagement, and a measure of normalcy during this period of unprecedented uncertainty.
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News & Announcements
- July 10, 2020 - VDOE and VCCS Recognize Exemplary Career and Technical Education Programs (word)
- July 2, 2020 – Virginia Public Schools Again Earn Top Federal Special Education Rating-This is a Word document.
- June 30, 2020 – Additional Schools Earn Board of Education Exemplar Performance Awards-This is a Word document.
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