Virginia Department of Education
COVID-19 & Virginia Schools
New information from the VDOE this week includes:
- The VDH published a new Pandemic Metrics Dashboard including the CDC Metrics for School Decision Making.
- VDOE Phase Guidance for Schools has been updated to incorporate these changes.
- New VPI Enrollment Waiver Issued-This is a Word document.
- Just In Time Math Quick Checks-This is a Word document. are now available.
Franklin County Teacher Named 2021 Virginia Teacher of the Year
Anthony Swann, a fifth-grade teacher at Rocky Mount Elementary in Franklin County, was named the 2021 Virginia Teacher of the Year during a virtual recognition ceremony livestreamed on Facebook and Twitter. Swann was selected from the eight regional winners announced last month and is now the commonwealth’s nominee for 2021 National Teacher of the Year. Read the 2021 Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year Program-This is a PDF document. to learn more about Swann and the other seven 2021 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year.
Disability History and Awareness Month
October is designated as Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM). The VDOE encourages conversations between young people, their families, Special Education Advisory Committees, Parent Resource Centers, local school division leaders, and throughout communities about the importance and value of inclusive practices and planning activities that will promote the goals of this initiative. Refer to Superintendent’s Memo 255-205-This is a Word document. for a variety of resources to promote and highlight DHAM in Virginia.
School divisions are encouraged to participate in Virginia Farm to School Week, October 5-9, and to recognize October as National Farm to School Month. Farm to School connects schools with farmers and local food hubs, providing opportunities to educate students about the importance of consuming fresh, healthy food and the impact local food has on Virginia’s communities. Visit the National Farm to School website and Superintendent’s Memo 244-20-This is a Word document. for additional ideas on celebrating in your division.
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/EdEquityVAv 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
- October 19, 2020 - Media Advisory: Virginia Early Literacy Virtual Summit-This is a Word document.
- October 16, 2020 - Secretary of Education and State Superintendent Seek Nominees for National RISE Award-This is a Word document.
- October 16, 2020 - Board of Education Approves African American History Edits to History & Social Science Standards-This is a Word document.
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