Education

VCU prepares for virtual finish of fall semester

Virginia Commonwealth University is preparing for students to finish the rest of the semester virtually and also announced the results of its exit testing.

Chesterfield school board schedules 4 meetings, including health board and special ed committee

UVA student-athletes set university record in Graduation Success Rate

  Chesterfield Schools sees uptick in COVID-19 cases, rise in 7-day average

Prince George parents can choose plans for second semester through portal

Kamras: RPS graduation rates remain ‘unacceptably low’

Virginia schools will have some flexibility in administering state SOLs this spring

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Hanover parents can request to change instructional setting for 2nd semester

  Quarantine rules adjusted for Chesterfield County employees

As Virginia routes more students with disabilities to private schools, costs are soaring

  Nonprofit grant helps Tri-City schools expand meal services

More than half of Henrico students opt to continue with virtual learning

RPS superintendent holds Facebook discussion with city health director

UVA students create a ‘Collegepedia’ to make COVID-19 news more accessible

Every day, there’s new information online about COVID-19 making it hard to keep up.

Chesterfield Schools: Spike in cases could trigger return to remote learning

Officials say that if an average of 25 new cases per 100,000 residents is identified within a seven-day period, it would trigger a school closure district-wide.

  VCU work-study student upset over late, missing pay

Faith Janecke’s plea is simple, as a work-study student, she just wants to get paid for the job she’s done, but the senior says she’s been fighting to get reimbursed for the hours she worked months ago.

Roanoke College Board makes changes following Title IX investigation review

The Roanoke College Board of Trustees has announced a large number of adjustments in an effort to better handle reports of sexual misconduct after a petition expressing concerns launched an independent investigation in August.

Survey results: RPS families, staff members want to remain virtual for second semester

  ‘Flying Classroom’ delivers STEM boost to Richmond, Henrico students

Henrico Schools delays return to in-person learning due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Hopewell school leaders vote on return to learn plan

Historical marker unveiled for African American school house in Strasburg, Va.

UVA Facilities Management use HVAC systems to research COVID-19 transmission

Louisa County Middle School custodian in the running for national R.I.S.E. award

Sharon Houchens, a custodian at Louisa County Middle School, is in the running for the U.S. Department of Education's R.I.S.E. Award.

Renamed Hanover schools announce new mascots

Two Hanover County Public Schools have already been renamed, and now, they have new mascots.

Virginia educator sues school board over pay disparity

An educator in Roanoke County has filed a federal lawsuit against the school board alleging sex-based wage discrimination as she is paid less than male employees in the same position.

UofR enters ‘red stage’ with tighter COVID-19 restrictions

An uptick in COVID-19 cases is leading to tighter restrictions on the University of Richmond’s campus.

Clinical trial shows antidepressant may prevent severe cases of COVID-19

A clinical trial shows that a popular antidepressant might help coronavirus patients from experiencing severe symptoms.

Virginia education leaders: COVID-19 has made school staffing shortages worse

Lawmakers still have the option to revisit the enrollment issue when they reconvene in January.

RPS releases second semester surveys

RPS has launched two surveys, one for families and one for staff members, to help in the decision-making process.

Central Va. schools opening late, change learning plans for Friday

Several Central Virginia schools are opening late or making changes to their learning model for Friday after heavy rain caused flooding around the region.

Henrico high school chooses new nickname to replace ‘Rebels’

Douglas Freeman High School has a new nickname that will replace the retired “Rebels.”

  Central Virginia schools report more COVID-19 cases

Chesterfield and Henrico schools have reported several new cases of COVID-19 within each of the divisions.

  'I couldn’t believe it’: Amelia Co. Public Schools full-time employees given $1,000 each

All full-time Amelia County school employees received a big surprise Tuesday from the Superintendent and school board, a $1,000 check.

Chesterfield school board approves new early childhood academy

The Chesterfield County School Board approved a new early childhood academy in Chester that will serve students from 12 elementary schools.

  Chesterfield teachers seek virtual options for instructors as 4th Cohort returns

Middle and high school students are back in the classroom, but at least three Chesterfield teachers say they are worried they could catch coronavirus with the return of Cohort 4 students.

Henrico school leaders hold virtual meeting on allocating funds next year

School leaders will present their ideas today which will be followed by a chance to comment and ask questions.

RPS cancels winter sports due to COVID-19 concerns

Originally, winter sports seasons were set to begin in early December.

Northam announces $22M in funding for COVID-19 response at private colleges, universities

Governor Ralph Northam announced on Monday that $22 million in CARES Act funding will go to Virginia’s private colleges and universities to help fund their response to COVID-19.

UVA extends optional credit/no credit grading policy

The University of Virginia is extending its fall credit/general credit/no credit grading policy to J-Term and Spring semesters.

Bridgewater College votes to cut majors, programs, and jobs

The Bridgewater College Board of Trustees has voted to phase out six academic majors, restructure two programs, and eliminate 40 jobs.

  Chesterfield middle, high school students return to in-person learning

Middle and high school students in Chesterfield are back in the classroom as Cohort 4 has been approved to return for in-person learning.

PVCC offering free spring 2021 tuition, fees to people affected by COVID-19

There’s a new program at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) and others around the commonwealth that might allow you to go school for free next semester.

Harrisonburg schools to use $1.1M in CARES Act funding for technology, new jobs

About $220 million in additional CARES Act funding was distributed to Virginia’s public schools last month to be used for COVID-19 pandemic-related resources and supplies.

Washington and Lee athletes form minority coalition

Washington and Lee University basketball player Erin Addison says this summer’s attention on race helped generate the group.

  Chesterfield teacher calls on CCPS to delay 4th Cohort return

The fourth and final cohort of Chesterfield students are expected to return to the classrooms on Monday, but many teachers like Emma Clark say they won’t be returning because they feel unsafe and unprepared.

UVA says they will test all students for COVID-19 before they leave for Thanksgiving

As students begin to plan trips home for the Thanksgiving break, the University of Virginia is ramping up testing to keep families safe during the holidays.

Virginia’s Community Colleges get $27 million to help students with tuition and fees

Virginia Community College students can get their part of $27 million assistance for tuition and fees.

Petersburg City Public Schools to remain virtual for second nine weeks

Petersburg City Public Schools' leaders decided to allow students to continue doing virtual learning for the rest of the semester.

Virginia’s Community Colleges get $27 million to help students with tuition and fees

Virginia’s Community Colleges get $27 million to help students with tuition and fees.

Richmond School Board: Who is on the ballot in your district?

With all of the seats up for Richmond City Public Schools Board, here is a look at the candidates who are running to fill the spots.

Primrose School of Atlee Commons holds mock election for students

Students in Ashland got first-hand experience of what it is like to exercise their right to vote.

  Hopewell High School reopening Wednesday after closing due to COVID-19 case

Hopewell High School will reopen to staff and students on Wednesday after closing for a few days due to a positive COVID-19 case.

VSU alumni raises over $47,000 for tuition assistance

The university says alumni from Vermont to Florida to California contributed to the cause.

The state says it’s fixing special education oversight in Virginia. Advocates wonder if it will be enough.

The Virginia Department of Education is quietly implementing changes in response to a federal report that found serious deficiencies in how the agency monitors and enforces compliance with special education law.

Henrico Schools holding input session on three redistricting priority areas

Henrico County Public Schools will hold three virtual information and input sessions in November to discuss proposals to address specific school boundary situations.

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.

Hanover Co. students off Monday and Tuesday | Meal distribution paused

Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3 are holidays for Hanover County Public School students.

Henrico families required to fill form on in-person, online learning

Henrico families must submit a student intent form, which will state if the child will attend virtually or in person, by Sunday.

Chesterfield seeking public input on new school name

The Chesterfield school division is asking for help choosing a name for a new elementary school slated to open in Chesterfield’s Magnolia Green neighborhood.

University of Virginia professor apologizes for ‘insensitive’ racial comment

The University’s Organization of African Students said there have been multiple instances of professors making racist comments.

CARES Act funding to help bring fiber internet to rural communities

Firefly Fiber Broadband, a subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, is expanding internet access to rural communities through a series of projects funded by the CARES Act.

Hopewell High School closed after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

The school district says that the person did come in contact with other employees who are now in quarantine. No students were exposed.

VMI votes to move Stonewall Jackson statue

The Board of Visitors at Virginia Military Institute voted Thursday to move the college’s Stonewall Jackson statue.

Falwell sues Liberty, saying school damaged his reputation

The lawsuit filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court on Wednesday includes claims of defamation and breach of contract.

School closings, schedule changes ahead of Zeta’s arrival

Schools will be closing or making changes to its schedule before Tropical Storm Zeta’s arrival.

Hanover County Public Schools receiving 9,000 Chromebooks for students

Hanover County Public Schools announced the district received a shipment of 9,000 Chromebooks. The Chromebooks will be distributed beginning next week.

Chesterfield schools’ offer free meals to students through end of year

Chesterfield County Public Schools will be offering free meals to students through the end of the year.

Central Virginia schools cancel/change learning model ahead of expected inclement weather

Some schools in Central Virginia are making changes to their learning model or canceling school ahead of expected inclement weather as remnants of Hurricane Zeta move through the region.

Richmond city COVID-19 numbers increase slightly ahead of Halloween weekend

“Now for over three weeks we’ve had a consistent increase in case rates, hospitalizations and percent positivity here in the city,” said Richmond City Health Director Dr. Danny Avula.

  Richmond school board to start discussions on learning plans for second semester

The Richmond Public Schools Superintendent says the school board will begin discussions about a back to learning plan for the second semester on Nov. 2.

June order of 7,000 laptops for RPS students shipped, scheduled to arrive this week

The district says once the Chromebooks arrive, the technology vendor will configure them for student use and then deliver them directly to schools.

  Back to Learning: Henrico families and staff receive more info on in-person/virtual learning plans

Henrico County Public School (HCPS) families and faculty got more of an idea of how learning will take place during two virtual town halls scheduled Tuesday.

‘Hung out to dry’: School boards, not the state, are deciding how to reopen, sparking fierce local debates

“Without context, we are going to be hung out to dry here,” Spence added.

Union urges Fairfax teachers to take ‘mental health day’

A teachers' union in Virginia’s largest school district is urging members to call in sick Wednesday for a “mental health day” as ponder how they will respond to a gradual return to in-person learning.

VDH rolls out new K-12 COVID dashboard to track school outbreaks

VDH now has a new dashboard to show you which localities and which schools have COVID-19 outbreaks in progress. This will include all K-12 public, private, charter, and independent schools.

Electric school buses roll out across Virginia

Electric school buses that are a part of the Dominion Energy Electric School Bus Program made their debut Tuesday in Campbell County.

  Chesterfield middle and high school students to return to the classroom Nov. 9

Chesterfield County Public Schools' health committee is recommending the final cohort of students return in person.

UVA creates music care package program

UVA is now offering musical care packages for people to send virtually or in-person as a way to help performers engage with the community, with the proceeds going back into the artist community.

Gov. Northam announces additional $116 million for Virginia Institutions of Higher Education

Governor Ralph Northam announced an additional $116 million from the CARES Act for colleges, universities and medical schools in the commonwealth.

Community divided over Washington and Lee University’s name

The school in Lexington said in a statement last week that it received 14,000 responses to a survey it has conducted as it examines issues of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.