Education

VSU community mourns death of ‘Coach Neal,’ 30-year member of Trojan family

Members of the Virginia State University community are mourning the loss of DeAndrea Neal, also known as “Coach Neal.”

VDH to pilot rapid testing program in schools

Henrico school board chair resigns following controversial social media post

  RPS releases more details on fall reopening plans

U of Richmond to reevaluate decision on renaming buildings

U of R Board of Trustees suspends decision to keep building names

Virginia school system eyes post that mocked George Floyd

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High school students’ research recognized on international stage

Fewer students are filling out the FAFSA for college aid

COVID-19 Vaccines & Children: What does it mean for next school year?

Chesterfield Co. Schools discontinues 7 meal pickup locations

Power outage at Maybeury Elementary School in Henrico | Classes will be virtual

  Caught on Camera: Deer crashes through school bus window, lands on student

  George Wythe senior to graduate with GPA over 5.0

In May, Harold Aquino will graduate at the top of his class with multiple associate's degrees.

Governor signs school opening bill without emergency clause

Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation that will move more schools toward in-person instruction, but it won’t take effect immediately.

Organization to donate 5,000 masks to RPS to support reopening in fall

The Richmond chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. will be donating 5,000 children’s masks to Richmond Public Schools.

University of Richmond to hold in-person commencement ceremonies

The University of Richmond will hold in-person commencement ceremonies this spring.

Virginia teachers are going to be assessed on ‘cultural competency.’ What does that mean?

RPS awarded $150 grant to extend grocery delivery to most vulnerable families

‘Lucia Whalen Bremer Memorial Scholarship Fund’ established

VMI names its first female regimental commander

  ‘Her name does mean light and it’s true:’ Teachers, peers hold vigil for slain Henrico teen

Henrico Schools to give out bulk meals during spring break

  Full Circle Grief Center offers advice to help children process grief

The founder of the Full Circle Grief Center is offering advice for parents on how to help their children process grief in the wake of Lucia Bremer's death.

Chesterfield holds ribbon-cutting for newest elementary school

The ribbon is cut on Chesterfield’s newest school.

RPS seeks to increase capacity at learning centers

A special school board meeting will be held to discuss increasing capacity at the virtual learning centers.

RPS employees encouraged to apply for city’s Educator Task Force

Richmond Public School employees are encouraged to apply for the city’s news Educator Task Force, a committee that will make recommendations on behalf of the area’s educators.

UVA to limit single-use plastics due to new executive order

Executive Order 77 requires higher education institutions like the University of Virginia, to eliminate single-use plastics, like plastic bottles or bags.

Hanover biology teacher receives top regional award

“If I can’t be excited about biology, how can I expect students to get excited about my class?”

  Henrico Schools sticks with 6 feet for physical distancing in classrooms

Despite new social distancing guidelines for K-12 schools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) is sticking with six feet.

Virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held for new elementary school in Chesterfield

After the ribbon-cutting, there will be a virtual tour of the building.

  VSU removing names from four campus buildings

Virginia State University has announced it will remove the name from four buildings on campus.

VCU to hold virtual, in-person graduation ceremonies

Virginia Commonwealth University will hold a universitywide virtual commencement, along with in-person ceremonies at the department, school and college levels.

Charles City County Public Schools closed due to widespread flooding

The school district says SOL tests that were scheduled for March 25 will take place on March 26.

  Henrico school board holds virtual meeting to address equity concerns

Wednesday, Henrico’s school board hosted the first in what is being billed as ‘Listening Sessions,’ and during the virtual meeting, board members got an earful from concerned parents.

First Lady of Virginia meets with Richmond 4th and 5th graders

A big visit for some 4th and 5th graders in Richmond, as First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam, met online with the students of John B Carey Elementary School.

  As students return to in-person learning, here’s how to track a school’s COVID-19 case count in Central Va.

With more and more students across Virginia heading back to class in-person, here is a breakdown of how you can track COVID-19 cases and outbreaks at your child’s school.

VCU administration recommends no tuition increase for third year in a row

The Virginia Commonwealth University administration has recommended that there be no tuition increase for undergraduate students for the third year in a row.

32 Henrico teachers earn board certification

Thirty-two Henrico teachers have received certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the nation’s highest mark of accomplishment.

  ‘I’m glad to see the kids’: Henrico school buses return with COVID-19 safety measures

It has been one month since some of Henrico’s youngest learners headed back to the classroom for in-person learning; roughly 66% of in-person learners are riding the school bus at least once a day.

State offers students free help applying for financial aid

Governor Ralph Northam says the state is offering free help to students and their families to apply for college financial aid.

The pandemic didn’t hurt enrollment at most of Va.’s four-year universities. Not so for community colleges.

While SCHEV described the statewide data as a “promising” sign for Virginia schools, institution-level enrollment numbers raised larger concerns over inequities in attendance.

U of R announces decision for commencement will be announced by April 1

The University of Richmond announced the decision for the university’s spring commencement will be made by April 1.

Panel calls for ‘paradigm shift’ in Virginia school-to-prison pipeline

Schools have become places of trauma for students of color and help reinforce centuries of systemic racism by driving students into the criminal justice system, according to speakers at a recent University of Richmond symposium.

  CDC eases 6ft spacing in classrooms to 3ft for students

Teachers and school staff must still maintain a 6-foot distance from students, however.

‘Superheroes’ keep hungry Virginia students fed during pandemic

No Kid Hungry Virginia recently hosted a discussion with three administrators to highlight how their districts made school meals available despite the pandemic.

Henrico Schools to host virtual listening sessions

The sessions will focus on the division’s cornerstones and one or more of its strategic goals.

Hand sanitizer donated to 4 Prince George County Schools

Four Prince George County Schools were given several gallons of hand sanitizer from Cintas Corporation, a national workplace and safety supplies provider.

  Gov. Northam to allow more people to attend graduations in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam says crowd sizes will be increased for graduations in Virginia.

Hanover teacher finalist for top nationwide award

A Hanover County Public Schools teacher is one of four finalists in Virginia for an award regarded as the country’s top honor for math and science teachers.

Dozens of grants awarded to teachers in Louisa County

School officials gathered Wednesday to hand out 34 Innovative Grant awards to teachers in Louisa County.

Kindergarten registration for 2021-2022 school year in Hanover now open

Parents or guardians are encouraged to register for kindergarten by May 1.

Hopewell middle, high school students return to classrooms

Students will be attending school five days a week, but the day is shortened by a couple of hours.

  Richmond students will not go to school year-round this upcoming year

Richmond school leaders decided Monday night not to move forward with Superintendent Jason Kamras’ recommendation for year-round school for the upcoming year.

Va. Girl Scouts take STEM Education on the road

Girl Scouts in western Virginia have a new tool to address the gender gap in science and technology.

  RPS proposes more weeks, after school programs for 2021-2022 school year

5,000 students would have opportunity for extra learning and afterschool programs.

UVA research study suggests exercising while pregnant can prevent disease in children

New research from the University of Virginia suggests exercising while pregnant can save children from life-threatening health issues down the road.

Diocese of Richmond announces new virtual Catholic school

The SVVA is a full-time, online learning school offering a Catholic school curriculum for children.

  Henrico School Board to take part in cultural sensitivity training following Chair’s controversial post

The Henrico County School Board has voted to participate in “culture sensitivity and implicit bias training” following an offensive, now-deleted, social media post by the board Chair in connection to the recent decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to stop publishing several books.

  School districts welcome students back into buildings, Petersburg unveils its plan

The Class of 2021 is among the group of students that just want to get back into their schools.

VCU adjuncts demand 172% pay increase

Roughly 100 Virginia Commonwealth University instructors are demanding what many adjuncts across the state want: a fair wage. Pay for adjunct instructors would more than double if requests are met.

  ‘I will choose to live like Adam:’ Loved ones honor Adam Oakes during funeral service

Family and friends of Adam Oakes gathered at Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn to honor his life.

Virginia sees uptick in families delaying kindergarten

Virginia has seen an uptick in the number of families who have delayed sending a child to kindergarten for one year.

UofR Museums offering two exhibits with 360-degree virtual tours

The University of Richmond is offering free, virtual tours of two campus exhibits as a way to safely engage with the community during the pandemic.

Henrico, Chesterfield schools make changes to curbside meal service

Chesterfield and Henrico school districts are making changes to their curbside meal service.

  Online university offers ‘resiliency grants’ to help students amid pandemic

One online university is making things a little easier for their students this year, giving away more than a million dollars to students who say they just can’t make ends meet because of COVID-19.

Sen. Joe Morrissey, Petersburg School Board to tour Petersburg High School

The tour will be followed by a special meeting to discuss the reopening of schools and the capital improvement plan.

RPS looking for feedback on 2021-22 school calendar

Richmond Public Schools is considering changes to the school calendar starting in 2021, and that could include year-round school.

University of Virginia cancels May graduation amid pandemic

The University of Virginia has decided to forgo in-person graduation exercises for the class of 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  Governor Northam views in-person learning methods in Louisa

“This is an example of how things can be in Virginia,” Northam said.

Schools can opt for remote learning during inclement weather

Virginia lawmakers insisted there will still be snow days for public school students, though the General Assembly recently passed legislation allowing unscheduled remote learning during inclement weather.

Virginia receives $1 million grant to research pandemic’s impact on schools

Included in their examination will be absenteeism, grade-level retention, teacher retention and more.

Gov. Northam to tour in-person learning at Louisa County High School

The governor will be taking a tour of the high school on March 4.

Educators bringing new African American history course to Virginia classrooms

There have been a lot of changes to Virginia classrooms this year, but one has been a few years in the making.

Spring 2021 Virginia Tech graduation ceremony to be held online

The Spring 2021 graduating class of Hokies will be honored virtually due to ongoing in-person gathering restrictions, an announcement from the school relayed Tuesday.

  University of Richmond’s first Black president approaching last year of term

Dr. Ronald Crutcher plans to step down to take role as a professor.

  ‘Keep his memory alive:’ Virtual vigil for Adam Oakes happening Wednesday night

As the VCU community continues to mourn and remember Adam Oakes, a virtual vigil for the 19-year-old will take place Wednesday night.

University of Richmond eases COVID-19 restrictions

There have been more than 300 cases this semester alone, but there are only 10 active cases now.

Board approves plan to send 800 RPS students back to classroom after spring break

After spring break, 800 students in Richmond will report back into school buildings after the board approved Superintendent Jason Kamras’ plan Monday night.

RPS to hold Monday school board meeting

RPS’ School Board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and can be live-streamed on the district’s Facebook page.

Applications open for Henrico Co. preschool programs

Henrico families can now apply for the county’s 2021-22 Early Learning Preschool program.