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Wednesday, February 9, 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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Parents' bid to block Youngkin school mask policy dismissed, but temporary hold granted to school districts still stands

The court said that the challengers had failed to show that the dispute met the procedural threshold that would warrant the direct intervention by the state Supreme Court that the parents were seeking.

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Chesterfield teacher honored for creative learning approach

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A Chesterfield County teacher is on a mission to get her kids excited about learning. One parent says she's even seeing her son make great strides because of her teaching. A 5th-grade teacher makes a real splash with her students as they learn all about the ocean.

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Richmond Public Schools proposes cuts to its virtual academy

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond school board members are taking some heat from parents and staff as they consider scaling down Richmond Public Schools' virtual academy. During an RPS budget public hearing on Monday night, Superintendent Jason Kamras announced significant cuts for the Richmond Virtual Academy (RVA) are on the table.

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Rise in Lynchburg-area students receiving therapy in schools

The number of students receiving school-based therapy in the Lynchburg area has increased more than 20 percent so far this school year, according to Horizon Behavioral Health. Horizon Behavioral Health is now offering therapy in Lynchburg City Schools, as a part of a new contract with the district.

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ACPS parents show appreciation for school nurses

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - For schools nurses in Albemarle County Public Schools it is a labor of love. To honor their hard work throughout the coronavirus pandemic, parents took a visit to all 25 schools to deliver gifts. "Our school nurses are just working really hard to support us and make sure the kids are healthy."

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Virginia Beach school board gets COVID update, once again debates masks

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Legal uncertainty is causing some Virginia Beach School Board members to second guess their decision on allowing parents to opt their children out of wearing masks in school. The mask debate once again took over most of Tuesday night's work session.

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Bill to end school mask mandates advances in Virginia Senate

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A bipartisan majority in the Virginia Senate has voted to advance legislation that would ban public school systems from imposing mask requirements on students. The move comes as Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's efforts to end mask mandates by executive order are bogged down in legal challenges.

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Henrico Education Foundation funds 12 'innovative' Henrico Schools projects - The Henrico Citizen

The Henrico Education Foundation has announced grants totaling $79,282 to fund 12 innovative projects proposed by Henrico County Public Schools educators. The programs are expected to benefit more than 9,000 HCPS students. Twice each year, HEF invites teachers and other educators to submit their ideas for groundbreaking projects that enhance the school division's mission.

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Henrico parents torn over school mask mandate

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - Monday was the first day of class since Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) announced its universal mask mandate would remain in place. A letter was sent out to the school community on Friday, notifying students, staff and families of the latest information regarding the school division's COVID-19 mitigation strategies, after a judge in Arlington Circuit Court decided to temporarily block Virginia Gov.

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Fairfax County schools approve proposal banning firearms from school grounds

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) - The Fairfax County School Board approved a proposal on Tuesday morning prohibiting firearms on all school division-owned or leased property. The board will also be reviewing curriculum, safety protocols and professional development related to gun violence and suicide prevention, a release said.

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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 Hybrid Clerks Spring Conference, April 28, 2022

Join us for the seventh annual school board clerks spring conference. Held virtually, this conference will feature important topics of interest to both new, and seasoned school board clerks and will involve interactive discussion groups for attendees. Agenda topics include meeting minutes, review of FOIA, mindfulness, and many more hot topics!

2022 School Law Conference, June 3, 2022Hot Topic Conference, March 11, 2022

Designed to provide an update on basic principles of school law and emerging issues, this conference is vital to school board members, superintendents, and school board attorneys. It is held annually during the first week of June.

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