Education

  HCHD: Spike in UofR COVID-19 cases result of ‘arrival testing’ for students; concerns rise over social gatherings

The University of Richmond reported what it calls a “disturbing” uptick in COVID-19 cases less than a week after the spring semester began.

Henrico school board to vote on redistricting proposals

  VCU using app to verify if students can enter certain buildings

3 Goochland schools delays dismissal due to protests in vicinity

  Chesterfield teachers concerned over vaccine delays and in-person learning

Biden suspends federal student loan payments through September

College admissions evolve as the pandemic continues

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  Vaccinations underway for teachers in Henrico, Richmond and Chesterfield experiencing delays

UVA rolls out COVID-19 mitigation plans ahead of spring semester

RPS staff vaccine appointments canceled, rescheduled

VCU Police: Suspect sought after stalking two students

  RPS weighing whether to enact year-round schooling

COVID-19 vaccinations begin Wednesday for Henrico Schools employees

Teacher on leave after video circulates defending mob march

Prince William County Public Schools say they are investigating.

  Chesterfield Schools notifies employees of delay in vaccinations due to supply

Chesterfield County Public Schools told its teachers and staff that there has been a delay in vaccinating most employees due to supply issues with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dominion Energy rolls out more electric school buses

Middlesex County Public Schools and Dominion Energy celebrated more electric school buses hitting the road in Virginia.

Bill to add ‘cultural competency’ training for Virginia teachers moves forward

The legislation is sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, and would require the Virginia Board of Education to develop minimum standards for cultural competency training by Dec. 31, 2021.

Colonial Heights Schools to stay virtual this week

Hopewell City Schools will go virtual for Inauguration Day

RPS school board meeting slated for Tuesday

Hanover schools to present proposed budget at upcoming meeting

VSU to host virtual events, volunteer opportunities honoring MLK Jr.

Albemarle High School student develops award-winning mental health app

VSU invests over $2 million on health, safety upgrades on campus

The health and safety upgrades are part of the Spring 2021 reopening plan for VSU.

  VDH releases new guidance on reopening PreK-12 schools

The Virginia Department of Health has released new guidance for divisions to follow when reopening PreK-12 schools.

RPS releases more information on COVID-19 vaccination plan

Richmond Public Schools has released more information on the COVID-19 vaccination plans for employees.

  Chesterfield School Board approves plan for some students to return in-person 5 days a week

The Chesterfield County Public Schools Board voted to approve the plan for elementary school students to return to in-person learning starting the first day of the third marking period.

Dinwiddie Schools temporarily moves to virtual learning

Dinwiddie County Public Schools will temporarily switch to all virtual learning due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Henrico Schools delay expansion of in-person learning due to vaccination effort

Henrico County Public Schools is delaying the expansion of in-person learning once again due to the COVID-19 vaccination effort.

VCU to start spring semester virtually

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, Virginia Commonwealth University said students will begin the spring semester virtually.

Petition to keep schools virtual, end early created in Chesterfield

A petition to encourage Chesterfield County Public Schools to remain virtual and end its school year early - in May - has been created by a “concerned citizen.”

UVA School of Nursing sees large jump in applications, most diverse pool ever

The University of Virginia School of Nursing says the program saw a significant increase in applicants this year. That, while a student group is seeking to increase the amount of diversity in years to come.

  VEA President urges all-virtual instruction until teachers vaccinated

The President of the Virginia Education Association is calling for public school systems to shift to all-virtual instruction until staff members can be vaccinated.

Louisa County Schools to begin all-remote learning Thursday

Louisa County Public Schools announced Monday it will transition to fully remote learning beginning Thursday due to a staffing shortage.

COVID-19 vaccinations for HCPS employees could start next week

Henrico County Public Schools told its teachers and staff on Monday that the COVID-19 will soon be available to them as part of the state’s Phase 1b.

Northam announces committee on inclusive education

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday the 38 members of a new advisory committee that will make recommendations on culturally relevant and inclusive education practices in Virginia’s public schools.

‘An incredible honor’: Hanover career counselor receives national recognition

A counselor at Hanover County Public Schools has been recognized with a national award.

Dominion Energy offering $500K in scholarships for minority students

Dominion Energy is offering $500,000 in scholarships to underrepresented minority students who live in the company’s service area.

Liberty University sues state over budget amendments

The complaint alleges that amendments to Virginia’s 2020 budget wrongly exclude online students from receiving the Virginia Tuitions Assistance Grant.

Teachers speak with students on violence at U.S. Capitol

As we all continue to process Wednesday’s event at the U.S. Capitol, teachers at Rockingham County Public Schools are making sure their students have a safe space to do the same.

  Governor Northam considering year-round schooling for Virginia students

Governor Ralph North announced Wednesday the possibility of year-round school to help offset the loss of learning because of the pandemic.

Virginia Tech medical school faculty, students getting COVID-10 vaccine

The school said vaccines will help enable medical students to safely continue in-person clinical training, “a key component of their degree requirements.”

  Henrico school leaders push back start date for in-person learning

Henrico County Public Schools has updated its expansion of in-person learning plan as of Tuesday.

Louisa County Schools gets 2 electric buses

Louisa County Public Schools received two new electric school buses on Tuesday.

Virginia811 launches new online training site

The new training site is designed to leverage online learning technology to educate partners about damage prevention and best practices.

  HCPS reviews COVID-19 data and expanded in-person learning timeline

The Henrico County Public Schools Health Committee met Monday to review the latest data for COVID-19 in the area and discuss any possible changes to the in-person learning timeline.

  Back to Learning: Students to learn online, in-person following winter break

Three of the four largest school systems in the region will primarily keep students online as the number of COVID-19 cases continue increase.

Old Dominion: remote classes in first 2 weeks of spring

There will be an exception for a limited number of courses and labs that require in-person hours.

Spotsylvania Schools announce changes to instructional plan

Spotsylvania County Public Schools has announced changes to its instructional plan for the new semester that starts on Monday.

Hanover High School plans to reopen for in-person learning on Jan. 4

Hanover High School plans to reopen for in-person learning on Jan. 4 after it went virtual in December.

Louisa Schools shares ’things teachers said for the first time in 2020’ video

The year 2020 is not likely to be forgotten as it brought many new changes to the daily lives of people around the world.

2019 National Teacher of the Year apologizes for tweet he has since called ‘bad joke’

The 2019 National Teacher of the Year, Richmond’s own Rodney Robinson, is apologizing after sending a tweet calling for the attack of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

UVa. surveying parents for pandemic’s impact on young children

Researchers at the University of Virginia are surveying families to analyze the pandemic’s impact on younger children.

Mechanicsville Elementary students donate 500+ sock pairs to homeless organization

Students at Mechanicsville Elementary School collected more than 500 pairs of socks for those in need this holiday season.

Henrico high school students can now apply for specialty, career training

Applications are open for Henrico Public School students to inquire about specialty and career training, the district announced on Saturday.

UVA alum and Olympic gold medalist publishes book to inspire

An Olympian who calls Charlottesville home is hoping to inspire people to not let anything, including the coronavirus pandemic, hold them back.

Birmingham City School teacher transforms her garage into her virtual classroom

Teachers continue to come up with creative ways to educate students during the pandemic. Birmingham City Schools switched to remote learning to end the year and one district teacher transformed her garage into her virtual learning classroom for students.

No Kid Hungry grants $2.4 million to Va. schools, nonprofits

In an effort to keep Virginia children nourished and healthy, a nonprofit has donated $2.4 million to schools and organizations in the commonwealth.

VUU included in TikTok’s $10 million grant to universities with healthcare programs

TikTok has donated $10 million to universities that serve underrepresented students with programs focused on public health and medical fields. This includes a $1 million grant to Virginia Union University.

Henrico student beats region in statewide tech contest

A J.R. Tucker High School student won the regional award for a statewide computer science competition, scoring him a new laptop.

Va. woman with leukemia receives support from community college to further her education

At 15 years old, Brianna Haynes went to the hospital to have her gallbladder removed, which ultimately led her to find out that she had chronic myeloid leukemia.

New survey shows Virginia parents worried about their child falling behind while learning from home

A new survey from the Wason Center for Civic Leadership suggests many parents are worried about their child falling behind, even if they believe their child's school district is prepared for virtual learning.

Henrico schools consolidating meal distribution sites due to low participation

Henrico County Public Schools will offer curbside meals at fewer sites next semester due to low pickup rates.

Chesterfield searching for teachers during ‘critical needs’ and elementary job fairs

Teachers in the Central Virginia area can apply to work for Chesterfield’s public schools during the county’s critical needs job fair.

  Louisa Co. schools to receive $100K to help start cybersecurity program

Louisa County Public Schools will receive $100,000 after becoming one of five finalists in the U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Tech Project.

Student leaders from RPS to hold virtual press conference

The students will share the big priorities RPS has for the 2021 General Assembly session coming up in January 2021.

VCU to rename Tompkins-McCaw Library

This move is part of the school’s efforts to remove building names and monuments on campus that have ties to the Confederacy.

Superintendent Kamras details how school district will handle snow days

“No child should be required to hop on screen for several hours of virtual classes with an empty stomach,” Kamras said in a statement.

UVA infectious disease expert: clinical trials underway for kids, school likely in-person in fall 2021

While some adults have already started taking the COVID-19 vaccine, trials are underway for adolescents. As a result, kids will not be among the first to receive the vaccine.

  Henrico, Hanover schools still planning for potential snow days during virtual learning

For Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS), those days of waking up to snow outside and no school may still happen, but certain conditions have to be met.

VSU receives largest single donor gift from author, philanthropist

Virginia State University has received its largest single donor gift in the school’s history.

  Chesterfield Schools showing drastic increase of failing middle, high school students

The data gives a look at how students are doing in the virtual learning environment.

‘Devastating’ new report finds major problems with special education in Virginia

State Superintendent James Lane said the department “is looking forward to working alongside schools, teachers and families” to implement the new approach.

  ‘It takes a lot of dedication’: Music students learning virtually despite pandemic

Along with their regular classes, students who are in Glen Allen High School’s band or orchestra are having to take on another challenge - learning how to play an instrument through a computer screen.

UVA releases plans for spring semester

The University of Virginia is outlining its plans for the upcoming spring semester as officials closely monitor the progression of the coronavirus.

Chesterfield County schools’ virtual learning on two-hour delay

The school district says they will be evaluating Google’s services, which support their email and Google Meets environments and will follow up with any additional information as necessary.

Hopewell school leaders update in-person learning plans

Hopewell schools are making plans to bring more students back in February.

Averett University holds reimagined graduation during pandemic

Despite the changes limiting gatherings to just 10 people, students are still able to celebrate this weekend. The university quickly switched from an outdoor graduation to a more intimate one.

UVA researchers and facilities workers test wastewater to track spread of COVID-19

UVA researchers and facilities managers working with the city and county to track COVID-19 with waste-water samples.

Chesterfield seeks input on new school names

Parent-Teacher Association leaders narrowed down hundreds of name suggestions for Chesterfield County’s new elementary school into three options. Now, the school board is asking the public’s help in making a selection.

VCU revenues to fall at least $75M

Virginia Commonwealth University’s president says revenues likely will fall at least $75 million in the spring 2021 semester.