Education

  RPS expands mentorship program for girls of color

  Another Chesterfield school tests positive for legionella; parents protest board meeting

  Chesterfield breaks ground on new Crestwood Elementary

  CDC: Chesterfield school cooling towers among worst maintained in country

Virginia awards $7.7M for extended-year school programs

Richmond Public Schools expands mentor program for young women, men of color

Continued Coverage

  Henrico kickstarts redistricting process

  Legionella investigation leads to the cleaning of 49 school cooling towers

  Henrico teacher named 2020 Central Va. Teacher of the Year

  Petersburg’s new superintendent sets priorities to improve classroom performance

  ‘Something has to change’: Chesterfield school bus woes continue

Republican state senator pushes back on Richmond’s proposals to increase diversity at its whitest schools

  Some parents remain frustrated despite new bus tracking app for Chesterfield buses

A new school year means new bus routes and a new way to track buses in Chesterfield County.

  Teachers gifted $100 to ‘clear the list’ as school begins

For this week’s Acts of Kindness, we gave four teachers in four school districts $100 each to help them clear their list.

School board files appeal to defend its transgender policy

A Virginia school board has filed a federal appeal to defend its transgender bathroom ban

’She was ready to go’: Kids across RVA head back-to-school

It was ‘back-to-school’ day for students across Virginia.

PHOTOS: First days of school in Central Virginia

  Chesterfield parents raise concerns about bus routes ahead of school year

Mom warns others about inappropriate app found on child’s phone

  Former Petersburg student donates 600 backpacks

  Back-to-school tips: Start changing your schedule, do prep work the night before

Free back to school clinics in Richmond, Henrico end early due to high demand

3 murals set to grace the walls of Armstrong High School in Richmond

Three new murals will greet students as they start the new school year at Armstrong High.

  New Kent Schools targeted by ransomware attack

Superintendent Brian Nichols said schools will open on time and the district’s open house event will continue as scheduled.

  New start times, more electives part of RPS changes

One major change impacts five elementary schools, with the start time moving up to 8:30 a.m. at Westover Hills Elementary, Carver Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, Ginter Park Elementary, Greene Elementary, and Redd Elementary schools.

Henrico Schools introduces ‘Anonymous Alerts’ to report safety concerns

Henrico County Public Schools announces new app and website to report safety concerns.

Decades after Brown decision, Va. still grappling with school segregation

"A lot of folks are good with diversity in principle, or maybe they’re good with a little diversity," Kamras said. "But in reality, when it hits a certain threshold, things suddenly change."

  Powhatan County Public Schools to get $420k donation

Teachers and counselors would get $1,000 each for classroom supplies.

  Staff, volunteers gather to clean, beautify RPS school

The start of the new school year is right around the corner, and Richmond Public Schools is working to clean its buildings for students.

Board member hosting town hall on Henrico schools, family needs

Anyone from the public is invited to attend.

Richmond police conducting ‘Back-to-School Blitz’

The three-week traffic enforcement and safety initiative will take place from Monday, Aug. 26 until Friday, Sept. 13.

  Former L.C. Bird athletic director charged with embezzlement

David Bedwell was employed as the schools athletic director at the time and was hired as the head football coach at Hermitage High School in Henrico this season.

  T-shirt fundraiser to benefit RPS teacher supplies

T-shirts with “RPS Teachers Rock” will help support the RPS Teacher Store, which is the district’s resource center for classroom supplies.

Virginia school system gets federal funding for free meals

All students in one Virginia public school system will receive free breakfast and lunch under a federal program.

  Hanover NAACP continues to call for schools named after Confederate leaders to be changed

The Hanover NAACP is continuing to call on county leaders to change the names of two schools named after Confederate leaders.

Richmond officers help children with back-to-school shopping

Richmond police officers are helping children get ready for the upcoming school year with some shopping.

  ‘Game-changer’ Cristo Rey school opens in Richmond

The new and quite unique Cristo Rey Richmond high school has officially opened its doors in Richmond’s museum district Monday morning.

2019-20 school year features staggered starts in Chesterfield

Among the are a full week off for students at Thanksgiving.

  VCU freshmen move-in for 2019-2020 school year

VCU welcomed 4,500 freshman Saturday for the 2019-2020 school year.

  Free Store for VCU students, faculty to open in August

At the start of the fall semester, VCU is opening the Free Store. which will allow members of the VCU community to donate or take home free stuff.

  James River High helps students end summer break on a high note

Karli Woodcock of James River High School hosted a cookout as part of a week long summer camp. The camp was apart a community service project at the school where students try to make an impact in the community.

  Lawsuit challenges Hanover schools named after Confederate leaders

The Hanover Board of Supervisors recently ousted a school board member who voted to change the names of Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

Mother slams Virginia Tech freshman orientation in op-ed

Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, slammed the university in an online magazine.

VCU move-in creates travel restrictions, road closures

Most first-year students are set to move into their residence halls on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  ‘Ultimate Backpack’ program collects 14,063 backpacks in 5 hours

The goal was to collect backpacks full of school supplies for Richmond-area students.

Test scores fall at Richmond school after cheating probe

Test scores have taken a hit at a Richmond elementary school a year after a state investigation found teachers and administrators giving inappropriate help on standardized tests

  Construction to begin on Holladay Elementary expansion this fall

The new construction project is set to begin in the fall and will take a few years.

Henrico schools announces public meetings to discuss redistricting

Several opportunities in Septemebr for parents and the public to give their input on Henrico Schools redistricting plan.

  Windows shot out of 2 Chesterfield school buses

The suspects were seen on surveillance video driving a green four-door sedan.

Town hall to help community ‘think creatively’ on how to end gun violence postponed

The event is from 6-7 p.m. at MLK Middle School at 1000 Mosby St.

  RPS seeks to rezone district to alleviate overcrowding, diversify district

RPS officials say two of the main goals of the rezoning is to alleviate overcrowding and diversify the district.

  Researchers discover part of University of Richmond built over slave burial grounds

University researchers say parts of the land belonged to a former plantation owner.

School bus involved in crash; no students on board

Richmond police responded to the crash just after 2 p.m. at the intersection of Chamberlayne Avenue and School Street.

Henrico, Chesterfield schools holding job fair Aug. 15

Openings are available for bus drivers, school nutrition workers and teachers in several subjects.

  Ways to save on back-to-school shopping

Summer's in its final stretch and it's time to start thinking about heading back-to-school.

Colonial Williamsburg offers fall savings for homeschooling families

Homeschooling families are eligible to receive exclusive deals throughout September in Colonial Williamsburg.

Northam seeks input on improving child care, early education

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's administration is seeking public input on how to improve early education and child care options in the state.

  'Not places of violence’: Community takes on vandalism, violence near MLK Middle

The NAACP hosted a town hall to address safety concerns in Richmond Wednesday night.

  New safety measures in place ahead of new school year in Goochland

Students will see phones in every classroom, there will be enforcement of motorists passing school buses stopped with red lights flashing and there's help from a new Licensed Mental Health counselor.

  RPS board member proposes plan to give parents choice on where to enroll students

Parents and students would list their choice schools, and have it selected by a lottery.

University of Virginia to offer aid to undocumented students

The University of Virginia has extended financial aid eligibility to undergraduate students who are in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

School drive collects supplies for Hanover students

The drive is being held July 8 - August 5 at locations around Hanover County.

  Box Tops program goes digital

If you still like to cut out the traditional Box Tops clips, the program will continue to honor those clips until they hit their expiration dates.

  ‘What motivates you?’: Valedictorian inspires others, holds on to mother’s legacy

As he reflects on his accomplishments, and what is still to come, Brown posed a single question to his peers on graduation day: “What motivates you?”

Virginia schools work to prevent financial aid fraud

Among the largest programs is the Pell Grant, a Federal award available for students who demonstrate financial need.

United Way hosts Literacy Kit Kickoff in support of young learners

Each Literacy Kit includes school supplies, an age-appropriate book, information for parents and supplies for students.

William & Mary gets $1M grant to research links to slavery

The College of William & Mary has received a $1 million grant to help fund research into the legacy of slavery and racism at the school in Virginia as well as at the estate U.S. President James Monroe

Former Carver Elementary teachers sue RPS superintendent, board

Three former George W. Carver Elementary School teachers accused in the SOL cheating scandal are suing the Richmond Public Schools superintendent and school board.

Hanover schools holding job fair for substitute positions

The job fair is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Atlee Public Library at 9161 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville.

Box Tops for Education Program is going digital

The Box Tops for Education program is going digital with a new mobile app which will allow parents to scan their store receipt and earn money for their kiddo’s school!

Virginia Tech to pay Holiday Inn to house students

Virginia Tech plans to pay $3.7 million to a nearby Holiday Inn to house students during the coming school year because of higher-than-expected enrollment.

Students head back to school at two Chesterfield schools

Students at Bellwood and Falling Creek elementary schools are on a year-round schedule, with the first day of classes starting in the middle of summer.

Chesterfield schools looking to hire instructional assistants, bus drivers

The job fair will be held July 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the North Courthouse Road Library, located at 325 Courthouse Road in Richmond.

Virginia’s community colleges will offer programs with guaranteed transfer credits

The program puts community college students through general education classes that will be accepted at almost every public university or college.

  26 RPS students shot last year; district ups counseling budget

Jaquez Moses, 11, is one of a staggering number of children who suffer from the trauma of gun violence in Richmond.

Volunteers needed to help paint elementary school

Individuals or groups can sign up to help paint the school between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 9.

  Parent, former teacher files federal complaint after RPS loses track of 800 students who don’t speak English

Richmond Public School teachers of students who don’t’ speak English as their primary language lined up in front of the school board Monday night to express frustration over a major lack of resources.

  RPS making changes after losing track of 800 students who don’t speak English

A recent review found the Richmond Public Schools central office was unaware of 800 students who spoke little to no English and needed extra support.

RPS scaling back drug testing requirements for staff

Next year, teachers at Richmond Public Schools will no longer have to pass a drug test before stepping foot in the classroom.

  Richmond teachers collect supplies for migrant children at the U.S. border

As controversy continues over what’s been described as overcrowding and poor conditions at the southern border, a group of Richmond teachers says they’re inspired to step in.