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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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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Supreme Court of Virginia dismisses lawsuit filed by Chesapeake parents over school masking

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Supreme Court of Virginia dismissed a lawsuit filed by 13 Chesapeake parents challenging Governor Glenn Youngkin's executive order that lifts mask mandates at schools. The parents claimed Youngkin overstepped his bounds with that executive order that allowed parents to decide if their child would wear a mask in school or not.

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Area schools reported almost 2,000 COVID-19 cases in January

Area schools reported 1,943 positive cases of COVID-19 among staff and students in January-about 300 fewer positive cases than were reported between August and December of last year. About 2,500 staff and students were quarantined in January, compared to about 7,500 quarantines between August and December, 2021.

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VDOE looking for summer meal partners to keep every Virginia child fed

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Education is searching for places to participate in the Summer Food Service Program this year so children can have the access to nutritious meals while out of school. The department says it reimburses meals served and administrative costs for approved locations that take part.

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Board amends plan

Early in January it was masks, now its contract tracing and quarantine. During a special called meeting last week, the Madison County School Board again amended its COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, this time making changes to contact tracing and quarantining.

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VDH teams up with Lynchburg City Schools for mobile vaccine clinics

The Virginia Dept. of Health is teaming up with Lynchburg City Schools to offer a couple of mobile vaccine clinics. These clinics are open to the public, anyone ages 5 and above. SEE ALSO:COVID-19 tests begin shipping to homes across US from federal governmentThey are offering first and second doses, along with the booster shot.

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Judge who halted Youngkin order on masks disclosed her spouse teaches in Arlington

Attorneys for both the school boards and for Va. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) say that Judge Louise DiMatteo voluntarily disclosed her spouse's employment, and neither party objected or viewed her spouse's job at an Arlington school as a conflict of interest.

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Central Virginia educators describe problems, solutions for burnout

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Inside classrooms, teachers continue to do their best to keep educating children. But according to a recent National Education Association poll, 90% of its members say feeling burned out is a problem. Across central Virginia, educators are highlighting why the problem has grown.

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MCPS staff to work on draft collective bargaining measure

CHRISTIANSBURG - Montgomery County Public Schools officials have been given the green light to begin putting together a draft resolution that would enable collective bargaining - if the school board does in fact approve that measure later.

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Waynesboro Public Schools celebrating Black History Month

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) - Waynesboro Public Schools is celebrating Black History Month with inspiration from some of its most accomplished graduates. This month, WPS will be spotlighting several Black alumni on the division's social media pages, sharing information about their lives, time in Waynesboro schools, and words of wisdom.

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Henrico schools no longer allowing maskless students in class

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Henrico County Public Schools says it will no longer allow maskless students in the classroom following a ruling made by an Arlington County judge on Friday that temporarily stopped Gov. Glenn Youngkin's executive order. The judge granted the temporary order in favor of seven school boards, including Richmond Public Schools, that wanted Gov.

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Virginia Education Broadband Grant

Valued up to $30,000- Applications must be received by February 18, 2022

In honor of VSBA’s 115th Anniversary, a thank you for your work as school board members, and in service to Virginia’s children: Kajeet partnered with VSBA to announce the first-ever Virginia Education Broadband Grant program. This funding opportunity will help school board members continue the important work being done to ensure all students have digital learning access at school and at home.

In total, Kajeet will award over $250,000 in broadband services to Virginia school

boards to solve the digital divide and ensure that all students have access to learn, anytime, anywhere.

Kajeet will award 9 winners (one per VSBA region). Award winners will be announced at VSBA Regional meetings this Spring. To learn more information and to submit your application visit the link below.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

2022 VSBA Title IX: Best Practices in Training & Compliance, February 8, 2022

With claims of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct hitting newsstands everywhere, Title IX coordinators and other senior staff need to be confident in their knowledge and enforcement of their divisions’ policies. Prevention and thorough investigations are the best ways to manage risk and foster a safe and healthy school environment.

2022 March Hot Topic Conference, March 11, 2022

Join us for a joint Hot Topic Conference with the Tennessee School Boards Association in Bristol Virginia. This will be an informative and important hot topic conference. This hot topic conference will focus on multiple trending education topics. You will hear from many leaders in public education from both states on Virtual School, Workforce Readiness, and the teacher shortage crisis, all which have a national focus.

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