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Monday, September 20, 2021

The Virginia Daily Education News is a daily update (Monday through Friday) of education news throughout Virginia. Links are created to various media outlets throughout the state. Click the underlined headlines to view the articles.


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Waynesboro leader questions opponent

of critical race theory: 'Can you define it

for me?'

WAYNESBORO — A speaker stood up at the Waynesboro School Board meeting Tuesday

night to object to the teaching of Critical Race Theory in the school system, even though it's not being taught. Waynesboro resident Jean Crummett claimed kindergarten students were being taught to dislike one another according to skin color. "I say shame on the activist teachers who are doing this," Crummett told the School Board.

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Schools in Amherst, Montgomery, and Franklin counties will receive grant money for innovative programs

(WFXR) - Grant money is helping to develop and implement innovative programs for 11 school divisions across the Commonwealth, including Amherst County, Montgomery County, and Franklin County public schools. The grant money was announced on Thursday, Sept. 16 by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. This money will help prepare students for careers and postsecondary education.

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Roanoke County School Board candidates take on politics, issues

Seven school board candidates are off to the races in Roanoke County, where voters this year are deciding contested elections for three of the board's five seats, as impassioned campaigning continues closer to Election Day. School board incumbents face one opponent each in Hollins and Windsor Hills, and one of three newcomers will be elected in Catawba come Nov.

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Loudoun County Public Schools reduces quarantine period guidelines

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) - Loudoun County Public Schools is lowering its quarantine period requirements. Students who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated who are exposed to COVID-19 will now only have to quarantine for 10 days, shorter than the previous 14-day regulation. Children who are fully vaccinated and have no COVID-19 symptoms will not need [...]

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75 COVID-19 cases reported at Amherst County schools after returning to in-person learning

Just days after Amherst County Public School officials pleaded with parents to stop sending sick kids to class, the Virginia Dept. of Health reported 75 cases of COVID-19 at the district. Students returned to in-person learning last Monday after nearly 200 cases of COVID-19 shutdown all school buildings the previous week.

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Some Virginia schools ban TikTok trend "devious licks" after multiple bathrooms vandalized

Some northern Virginia schools are reportedly warning parents of a new social media trend that challenges students to steal and vandalize school property. The new trend called "devious licks" challenges students to post videos of themselves destroying school bathrooms or stealing school belongings, NBC's News4 reported on Wednesday.

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Chesapeake parent concerned over crossing guard shortage in the district

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) -Bus driver shortages, traffic snarling roads around schools and now, a crossing guard shortage. Concerned parents have been bringing these concerns to 10 On Your Side every day since school started. One Chesapeake parent said he is concerned for his children's safety when they cross the street near their school.

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Added testing for Virginia students will help determine reading and math gaps

Schools across Virginia soon will administer additional testing - similar to Standards of Learning tests - to assess how students in grades 3 through 8 are doing in math and reading after a tumultuous two school years.

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Montgomery County School Board to discuss staff vaccine mandate

CHRISTIANSBURG - The Montgomery County School Board is set to discuss at a Tuesday meeting whether school employees should be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The subject of vaccine mandates was touched on a few times by the school board earlier this month, but the elected body narrowly agreed at the tail end of that meeting to more formally discuss the matter the next time they convene.

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Book vending machines installed in 25 Richmond elementary schools to 'boost student literacy'

by: Tyler Thrasher Posted: / Updated: RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Elementary school literacy has become one of the core focuses for Richmond Public Schools to kick off back-to-school 2021. The city has installed 25 RichLit Book Vending Machines in 25 elementary schools over the summer for rollout at the beginning of the school year.

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Virginian students outperform global peers on SAT's, College Board says

According to data from College Board, high school graduates in Virginia outperformed their peers from around the globe on the SAT tests in 2021. Forty-one percent of Virginia's 2021 graduates took the SAT, compared to 65% of the graduates in 2020.

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Franklin County School Board votes to require documentation for mask exemptions among students, staff

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) - With more than 300 positive coronavirus cases and more than 2,100 quarantines reported among students and staff at Franklin County Public Schools since mid-August, school officials decided Monday night to ramp up mask requirements. On Monday, Sept. 13, members of the Franklin County School Board voted to require universal masking [...]

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Henrico Schools to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with virtual events

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Henrico County Public Schools will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with two virtual events. The first event of the "Hispanic/Latine(x) Heritage Series" will be "Support and Resources for Local Latine Families." The virtual event will feature Caroline Lugo, director of programs at Sacred Heart Center.

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Warren County raises substitute teacher pay to address shortage

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County Public Schools joins divisions across Virginia dealing with a shortage of substitute teachers. The School Board voted at its meeting Wednesday to increase pay rates with the hope that more money could attract substitutes. Vice Chairwoman Catherine R. Bower and members Kristen J. Pence, Ralph A.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

2021 VSBA Annual Convention, November 17-19, 2021

We are back in person for the VSBA Annual Convention! This convention is the largest and most anticipated VSBA meeting of the year. This event brings together over one thousand school board members, superintendents, and school division staff from across Virginia. We are...

2021 VSBA Budget Training Workshop, October 21, 2021

The Basics of Budgeting for Equity is a two-hour session designed to provide school board members and division superintendents with a general understanding of the essential elements of budgeting and allocating division resources in a strategically-focused manner that aligns with and...


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