Education

Richmond launches program highlighting literary arts, applications open for ‘literary leader’

Sports Backers, Kids Run RVA collaborating on virtual exercise challenge

Chesterfield culinary teacher, 7 others in the running for Virginia’s Teacher of the Year

Longwood University cancels postponed commencement ceremony

Teacher on leave for ‘pretend you are a slave’ assignment

Wastewater testing results suggest additional COVID-19 infections at the University of Virginia

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JMU announces plan to resume in-person classes

Pandemic leads to $90M in cuts to the University of Virginia’s budget for this year

Virginia House bill to guarantee free school meals to students advances to Senate

Richmond rolls out grant application for child care, learning centers

The new on-campus college experience: Self-isolation and distraction

Virginia public schools are seeing an early drop in enrollment. It could put millions in state funding at risk.

Richmond private schools close after students test positive for COVID-19 following weekend house party

Leaders at St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Upper School divisions say the campuses are closed Friday and students are learning virtually after at least two students tested positive for coronavirus.

Petersburg City Public Schools staff member, visitor tests positive for COVID-19

Petersburg City Public Schools (PCPS) says a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

’Eerily silent’: An experience from University of Virginia’s quarantined dorm

University of Virginia students are coping under quarantine as an initial report of five COVID-19 cases has risen to 15 total confirmed cases as part of point-prevalence testing.

  Mayor Stoney proposes universal pre-K in Richmond

Mayor Levar Stoney is proposing universal pre-K for all 3- and 4-year-old’s in Richmond.

Radford University president responds to backlash over letter, upcoming student-led rally

UVA aims to contextualizing Thomas Jefferson statue in front of Rotunda

  Hanover Schools delays decision on new names of schools that reference Confederate leaders

University of Virginia dorm to enter quarantine after 5 positive COVID-19 cases

Liberty misses self-imposed deadline for COVID-19 dashboard

  No date set for emergency childcare within Richmond Public Schools

  Some Henrico students to return to limited in-person learning

While a vast majority of students will continue online learning for the first nine weeks, there is a plan for specific students to re-enter the school setting over the course of the next two to three weeks.

Hopewell City Schools mourn loss of high school Assistant Principal

Hopewell City Schools have announced the loss of Loretta Curtis-LeMay, who was the Assistant Principal of Hopewell High School.

Goochland County considering return to in-person learning

Goochland County is considering an in-person learning plan beginning next month.

Hopewell creates child care program

The city of Hopewell has created a child care program for elementary and middle school students.

Recommended names to replace former Lee-Davis, Stonewall Jackson schools announced

The Hanover School Renaming Committee has announced the two names it will recommend to replace the schools formerly known as Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

  Richmond business offers in-home support for families struggling with virtual learning

In a time where parents everywhere are struggling to be the educational bridge between their children and the laptop, entrepreneur Samuel Anderson has stepped up to create a business called Direct Learning Solutions (DLS) that aims to give relief to families stressed out with learning virtually.

  Thousands of books handed out to Louisa kindergartners for free

Students will be receiving 10 brand new books thanks to a collaborative partnership between The Soho Center and the Library of Virginia.

Dinwiddie Schools to start bringing students back to school

Dinwiddie Schools voted to have its elementary students back in the classroom by the end of the month.

Hanover classroom switches to remote learning after teacher tests positive for coronavirus

Hanover County Public Schools says a teacher at Kersey Creek Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19.

RPS emergency child care program stalled

The emergency child care program that could happen in five school buildings is apparently stalled after what appears to be some miscommunication on how to handle it.

  Chesterfield Schools to move forward with phased return to in-person learning

The Chesterfield County Public Schools is moving forward with a phased-in return to in-person learning, with the earliest start date being Sept. 29.

Deadline extended for students to withdraw from JMU to get full refund

James Madison University has extended the deadline for students to receive a full refund upon withdrawing from the university.

Hanover middle school reopening Tuesday after 3 employees tested positive for COVID-19

Liberty Middle School will reopen on Tuesday after instruction was stopped due to three employees testing positive for COVID-19.

Efforts falter to require schools to provide in-person options

An effort to require Virginia school districts to provide in-person classes to students with poor internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic is most likely dead.

Chesterfield Co. continues Chromebook support, repair with in-person time slots

Chesterfield County Public Schools is providing support and repair for the 60,000 learning devices distributed to virtual learners in the county.

UofR launching free webinar series to discuss race, global health

The University of Richmond is slated to launch a webinar series that will discuss race relations and COVID-19.

One-third of parents reducing work hours to support virtual learning, survey finds

A survey of more than 300 parents found that one-third of parents have reduced or stopped working to support their child’s virtual learning.

Richmond elementary school employee tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at Broad Rock Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19, a release from Richmond Public Schools stated on Saturday.

Richmond violinist featured as soloist in virtual medical-personnel orchestra

Fifty doctors, nurses, students and first responders joined together on Friday for a virtual, nationwide orchestra performance that included three musicians from VCU Health.

VT suspends 40+ for COVID misconduct, students concerned about safety

Virginia Tech is taking a firm stance on COVID enforcement, announcing more than 40 students have been suspended on an interim basis for violating public health guidelines.

Chesterfield Schools launch live technology help desk

Chesterfield Schools is launching a live Technology Help Desk on Friday to help families needing assistance with Chromebooks, Canvas, the my.ccpsnet.net learning dashboard and resetting passwords.

  Hacking concerns in the age of virtual learning

"No network is perfect, everyone is going to be vulnerable somewhere.”

UVA expanding asymptomatic testing efforts

Anywhere from 50 to 150 UVA stundents will receive an email notification that they have been randomly selected to be tested for COVID-19.

Goochland Schools offering free meals to students

Goochland County Public Schools is offering free meals to students this fall.

  University of Richmond uses modular homes for isolation, quarantine spaces

University of Richmond leaders say they are the first higher education system in Virginia that will use modular homes on campus for student isolation and quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  New program offers stable housing for RPS students and families

Over the next year, Richmond Public Schools and Housing Families First want to help 130 students move from motel rooms or living in a car into stable housing.

  Remote learning to start at Hanover school temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 cases

The Hanover County Public Schools officials said Liberty Middle School will be closing through Sept. 14 to in-person learning after three employees tested positive for COVID-19.

  ‘The Northside Pod Life’: Family creates learning pod for students

Several Northside families are coming together to make sure their children have a safe place to learn, creating a learning pod for elementary students.

  Mayor Stoney announces partnership for emergency child care operations for parents

Wednesday afternoon, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced a pair of agreements reached for emergency child care operations.

School leaders tour new River City Middle School

Richmond school leaders toured the recently completed River City Middle School located on Hull Street.

Wawa offering any-size free coffee to teachers, school administrators

Wawa is offering any size free coffee to teachers, faculty and school administrators for their hard work and commitment to supporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As quarantine beds fill up, Virginia Tech empties a dorm to make room

For students at Virginia Tech’s East Eggleston Hall, it will be a quick goodbye to their on-campus home. Tuesday, Virginia Tech announced the dorm would be turned into quarantine and isolation space for COVID-19-positive students.

Virginia Tech fall commencement will be online

Virginia Tech will host fall commencement exercises online instead of in-person.

Henrico Board of Supervisors votes for $17 million to go to Henrico schools

About $15 million will go to school needs such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and temporary staffing.

  Expert: Navigating virtual instruction will take trial and error

It was a rough return to learning Tuesday as parents and students in two school districts were met with technical roadblocks on the very first day.

  Technical issues for Chesterfield online learning 'largely’ resolved

After facing technical issues on the first day of online learning, Chesterfield County Public Schools says the issues have been resolved.

  Hanover students return to traditional, in-person learning

The district is one of the few in the area to give parents the option to come back to the classrooms or learn online.

  ‘Cool to experience something new’: Students in Henrico kick of first nine weeks of learning online

Henrico County Public Schools spokesman Andy Jenks said they have not had any major issues when it comes to technology used during virtual learning.

VDOE: Half of Virginia’s school divisions return to learning fully online

Half of Virginia’s 132 public school divisions returned to learning fully virtual this fall, according to the Virginia Department of Education.

JMU seeks disciplinary action against over 100 students for not following COVID-19 guidelines

James Madison University has reached more than 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases. As of September 7, 440 positive cases came from the University Health Center, and 563 were self-reported by students, faculty, and staff.

Petersburg Schools will have additional help after technical issues slow first day back

Petersburg City Schools said they will have additional staffing for its help desk Wednesday after technical issues slowed students' first day back.

PHOTOS: First days back to learning in Central Virginia

While it may be an unconventional start to the school year, you can still take a photo of your child on the first day of school!

Have questions about the new school year? Here are some resources for Central Virginia districts

To help answer your questions, some of the major districts have provided parents with numbers, websites and general information for parents to use as resources if they run into any immediate issues once schools start.

Virtual learning begins across Central Virginia

Today, most students will be logging in remotely from home or childcare centers for a full day of learning.

UVA testing wastewater at dorms to detect coronavirus

Scientists at the University of Virginia are digging deep into the pipes on grounds to detect the presence of the coronavirus, one flush at a time.

  ‘He was straight A’s, he was thriving’: Richmond teen shares success story of virtual learning

Tre Milana has autism, among other cognitive issues. Learning in the typical public school setting just didn’t work for him.

Central Virginia schools prep for beginning of school year

Five school districts in our immediate area are starting the 2020 year with virtual learning, but not all of them look exactly the same.

Second season of ‘VA TV Classroom’ starts this month

The state superintendent announced the second season of VA TV Classroom will begin this month.

Hanover students can get free breakfast, lunch through December

Hanover County Public School students can receive free breakfast and lunch for the first half of the 2020-21 school year.

Hanover families encouraged to frequently check bus route details

Hanover families that opted for bus transportation during the 2020-21 school year can now view their bus route schedules online, but they are subject to change.

  VIDEO: Henrico educators cover ‘Rockstar’ ahead of virtual school year

Administrators at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School in Henrico are getting students ready for the virtual school year with a rap cover of “Rockstar” by rapper DaBaby!

  Parent shares concerns ahead of virtual start to school

The road to reopening schools hasn’t been an easy one especially for parents who have to work while their children are leaning virtually from home like Rachel Armstead.

Liberty tells staff to refrain from interacting with Falwell

Staff members at Liberty University have been instructed to refrain from interacting with the school’s ousted president Jerry Falwell Jr.

Some JMU students exempted from leaving campus as classes go online temporarily

A major factor in James Madison University’s decision to transition classes online included the availability of isolation and quarantine beds on campus.

Back to learning: Chesterfield to host events for families of children with special needs

Chesterfield County Public Schools is hosting two events for families of students with disabilities — featuring a presentation and tips for virtual learning.

Mask project raises more than $3k for Richmond Public Schools

A project that started as a way to connect Richmonders during the pandemic has raised more than $3,000 for Richmond Public Schools.

University of Virginia students share fall experiences through first two weeks

Take a quick trip to University of Virginia grounds and you’ll see that it’s very different from past semesters.

  Virginia State University possibly offering nation’s first-ever history course on HBCU’s

Although the campus is closed to students, History 349 - HBCU History is getting national attention because it may be the country’s first-ever class to teach about the origins of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.