Education

Henrico School Board’s meeting will have limited in-person attendance: Here’s how you can submit questions

Henrico social media group rallying for safe, equitable school reopening

Fully online courses could threaten legal status of some international students

JMU student creates petition to name one of the campus buildings in honor of future student who passed away

University of Virginia hosts virtual town hall for international students

  Richmond School Board discusses reopening plans for fall

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Shenandoah County School Board votes to remove Confederate leader names from school buildings

VCU releases statement on regulations for international students

Chesterfield Education Association seeks input from teachers, staff on returning to school

University of Virginia international students on edge about new immigration rule

School reopening plans become political flash point

Republican legislators call on Governor Northam to prioritize five days of in-school learning

Gov. Northam asks Virginia schools to change names, mascots named after Confederate soldiers

Governor Ralph Northam wrote a letter to all the schools located in the commonwealth to change the names and mascots named after Confederate soldiers.

  RPS to offer new ‘Real Richmond History’ course this fall

Richmond Public Schools will be offering a new course this fall to students called “Real Richmond History”

Washington and Lee University faculty call for name change

Washington and Lee University faculty members are calling for the university to retire Lee from the name.

4 Hanover schools earn Exemplar Performance School Awards

Four Hanover schools have received the 2020 Exemplar Performance School Awards.

VCU researchers receive grant to investigate sustainment of mental health programs in schools

Virginia education officials update guidance on schools reopening

JMU votes to remove Confederate leader names from campus halls

Henrico students to share perspectives on racism, inequity in online series

Decision on Douglas Freeman High School ‘Rebels’ nickname will take place in August

Washington and Lee University faces questions about name

Chickahominy Middle School named School Library Program of the Year

The Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) named Chickahominy Middle School (CMS) as the 2020 School Library Program of the Year, making it the first school in Hanover County to receive the award.

Kindergarten registration available for Chesterfield County students

Chesterfield County parents will be able to sign their child up for Kindergarten registration.

Henrico Public Schools offering books to rising kindergartners as part of virtual summer program

Henrico County Public Schools is handing out books for children entering kindergarten as part of their summer virtual learning program, “Henrico Edflix.”

U of R to require COVID-19 testing, health monitoring before student enters dorm

The University of Richmond released a plan to reopen their campus in August which includes mandatory COVID-19 testing, student health monitoring before arrival and staggered move-in times.

Faculty from at least 15 colleges and universities in Virginia sign petition surrounding reopening

In only three days, more than 600 higher education employees from at least 15 different colleges and universities in Virginia have signed a petition highlighting requests for the fall.

Primary health clinic opening at Petersburg High School

School officials confirm that Petersburg High School will have a primary health clinic inside the school starting this fall.

Hampton University to hold only online classes in the fall

Hampton University has announced that it will offer only online classes in the fall due to the coronavirus outbreak.

VT lays out coronavirus testing plans for students in the fall

We are less than two months away from the start of classes at Virginia Tech, and the university has a robust plan in place for when students return to campus.

Chelsea Clinton tweets support of changing names of Hanover schools named after Confederate generals

Chelsea Clinton has tweeted her support of changing the names of the schools in Hanover County named after Confederate generals.

Virginia high school student wins international art contest

A 14-year-old student from Harrisonburg High School received a $500 scholarship to pursue his art career that has only just begun.

Chesterfield County schools hold virtual town halls to discuss reopening

As school systems around Central Virginia begin to plan for the upcoming academic year, Chesterfield is getting families involved in the planning process.CCPS is hosting a series of virtual community meetings to look at different options for students - whether in-person, fully online, or both.

  Chesterfield County hosts virtual meetings to discuss reopening schools in Fall 2020

Each district has three scheduled meetings that will be live streamed on the school division’s website, YouTube and Facebook pages

RPS superintendent addresses experiences shared on ‘BlackAtRPS’ Instagram account

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras addressed the “BlackAtRPS” Instagram account where teachers have shared their experiences with racism.

Richmond Schools discuss reopening options for fall

The Richmond City School Board met virtually Monday night to discuss reopening schools in the fall.

Henrico student places 5th at National Speech and Debate Tournament

A Henrico student placed fifth at the National Speech and Debate Tournament.

JMU says they must protect students’ free speech, even if hurtful or offensive

James Madison University released a statement in response to university community members allegedly posting racist or offensive content online, but the university said it is legally required to protect free speech, even if it is hurtful or offensive.

Federal report faults Virginia Department of Education over special education oversight

A new federal report finds systemic failures in how the Virginia Department of Education monitors and responds to special education complaints against local school districts.

Richmond Public Schools receives grant for after-school STEM program

Richmond Public Schools are included in a grant that will provide after-school watershed-related projects in STEM learning.

Former LU employee raises nearly $20,000 to help others leave the school

A former Liberty University employee is raising money to help other Black employees who want to leave the school.

  HCPS considering 2 approaches for return to school; seeks input via survey

Spokesman Andy Jenks said a survey is in the process of being sent out to families. They will be able to provide input on two approaches the school system is considering.

University of Richmond releases statement on offensive social media video

The University of Richmond has released a statement in regards to an offensive and racially charged video on social media.

Evangelical Liberty U rattled by its own racial reckoning

Liberty University, a premier evangelical Christian school founded in 1971, is facing tough questions about equality as institutions across the country grapple with the stain of racism.

Virginia board votes to rename Robert E. Lee High School

A Virginia school board has agreed to rename a high school that honors a Confederate general.

JMU sends the Board of Visitors a recommendation to change Confederate names

On June 22, James Madison University’s president announced a recommendation for the Board of Visitors to change the names of Maury, Jackson, and Ashby Halls.

NAACP raising money to change names of Hanover schools named after Confederate generals

The Hanover Branch of the NAACP is raising money to offset the costs of changing the names of two schools bearing the name of Confederate generals.

Another RPS employee tests positive for COVID-19

Richmond Public Schools said another one of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19.

5 seniors at graduation ceremony test positive for COVID-19

Five graduating seniors at a Virginia high school who attended a modified commencement ceremony at the school have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Henrico County Public Schools give online summer reading resources for students

Henrico County Public Schools announces their summer reading tips for students called, “Summer Reading Kick-Off”.

  ‘It was really eye opening': Former students create ‘BlackAtHCPS’ detailing stories of racism, inequality

An Instagram account called “Black At HCPS” was created two days ago and now more than 50 personal stories have been posted, drawing more than 1,000 followers.

VSU outlines reopening plans for fall semester

Virginia State University has released a preliminary reopening plan this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

UVA releases update for Fall 2020, students and businesses react

The University of Virginia announces plans for students to return to grounds for the fall semester. It's welcome news to students and Charlottesville area businesses

Virginia Tech to host new student orientation sessions virtually

New student orientation is a rite of passage for all college students. This year, orientation will still take place for incoming Virginia Tech students, it will just happen virtually.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax proposes $30 billion plan to rebuild Virginia’s aging schools

This fund would allocate $30 billion over the next 10 years to reconstruct all K-12 public schools in Virginia that are 40 years or older.

VCU announces new safety model, civilian oversight committee for campus police

VCU is altering their new public safety model and shifting their focus from policing to fostering “safety and well-being” on the university’s campuses.

VDOE: State superintendent announces $23.9M in CARES Act funding

Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced that the Virginia Department of Education will use the $23.9 million state set-aside from the federal CARES Act to help schools.

  ’Recover, Redesign, Restart’: Virginia Schools follow guidelines for reopening

Virginia students are set to head back to school in person in the fall, but their experience will look much different, as the Commonwealth continues to navigate through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Henrico County Public Schools will be closed for Juneteenth

Henrico County Public Schools announced its closure in observation of Juneteenth.

RPS asks for input from parents, staff about fall reopening

Richmond Public Schools is asking for input from parents and staff about how they feel about reopening schools this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Education advocate hopes mental health experts replace school resource officers

During Monday night’s Richmond School Board meeting, the group discussed a plan to reassess its relationship with the Richmond Police Department and non-RPD security officers, as Richmond Public Schools examines its racial justice measures.

Hopewell City Public Schools announces revised 2020-21 calendar

Students will return to school on August 10 and teachers will return one week prior to prepare.

Organizations, Petersburg City Public Schools celebrates high school graduates

Petersburg City Council, Petersburg City Public Schools and various community organizations celebrated the class of 2020.

Virginia colleges and universities can reopen this fall — if they have a plan

Colleges and universities in Virginia have the go-ahead to admit students on campus this fall.

VCU Libraries launches digital press for students, staff

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries has launched “VCU Publishing”, which is a digital press for students, staff and faculty.

William & Mary to reopen with condensed semester this fall

William & Mary is planning to reopen classes earlier than usual this fall and will offer a condensed semester.

  ‘We are the future’: Henrico students peacefully speak on the effects of systemic racism

Students at a Henrico high school are standing in solidarity, demanding change for systemic racism in the community and education in Henrico County.

VCU announces more changes to Fall 2020 course schedule

A phased return to campus will include changes to class formats and instructional spaces.

University of Richmond announces changes to Fall 2020 calendar

The university’s fall semester will begin on August 24 and end on December 18

Virginia students told to expect different college life

Virginia students should expect a far different college experience when universities reopen to in-person classes in the fall.

Charlottesville discontinuing use of school resource officers

Charlottesville City Schools, the Charlottesville City School Board, the Charlottesville Police Department, and the city of Charlottesville have mutually agreed to discontinue the Memorandum of Understanding that places school resources officers in the city’s schools.

UVA will not require SAT, ACT, and other standardized testing for Fall 2021 applicants

The pandemic is remodeling the way the admissions process will work at the University of Virginia.

Chesterfield County Public Schools continuing support for Chromebooks

Chesterfield County Public Schools is extending support for take-home Chromebooks through July 29.

  'It was amazing’: Henrico Schools celebrate seniors with ‘graduation victory lap’ at Richmond Raceway

Henrico Public Schools isn’t letting their seniors race off from high school without a “graduation victory lap” at the Richmond Raceway.

Governor Northam announces $66.8M in emergency education relief funding

Governor Ralph Northam has announced Virginia schools will receive $66.8 million through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.

‘We want to be there if it’s safe’: Virginia teachers still have questions about the state’s plan to reopen schools

As schools in Virginia prepare to reopen, some teachers still have questions on how the state’s new guidelines will be implemented.

RPS closes food distribution site after employee tests positive for COVID-19

A Richmond Public Schools food distribution site is closed for the rest of the week after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.

  Hanover County residents push for re-naming of schools

uring the Hanover County School Board’s virtual meeting on Tuesday night, it was quiet inside its offices. Board members were taking part from home.

  Back to School: Gov. Northam announces guidance for reopening schools

Governor Northam announced all public and private schools will reopen for students for the 2020-2021 year but says “the experience will look different.”

JMU students challenge university to rename buildings named after Confederate leaders

JMU students, campus organizations, and alumni have shown support for renaming Ashby, Jackson, and Maury Halls.