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Wednesday, August 25, 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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Mask mandate draws protesters on first day of school in Frederick County

WINCHESTER - About 20 people gathered Monday morning on Amherst Street at the entrance to the Frederick County Public Schools administration building with picket signs to protest mask mandates for students amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Monday was the first day of the 2021-22 school year for the division.

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New Census data: Prince William County still second-largest in state

Prince William County remains the second-largest locality in Virginia and one of the fastest-growing counties in the region, and its status as a majority-minority community was affirmed by the first release of data from the 2020 Census.

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Rappahannock County schools move online for the week due to COVID-19

Rappahannock County Public Schools on Monday announced that the schools will switch to virtual learning for the remainder of the week while officials work to create a new system to mitigate spread of COVID-19 as the virus has created a flurry of cases within the schools since the academic year began.

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Martinsville City Council pulls out of joint meeting with school board

Martinsville City Council pulled out of a scheduled meeting with the Martinsville School Board on Saturday morning with no explanation. "I don't know why," said Superintendent Zeb Talley. "They said they would meet with us at a later time."

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Parents describe hectic time getting kids home from school in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- It's the second day of school for most Chesterfield students and bus delays are continuing throughout the county due to a lack of drivers. CBS 6 was with families along Windmill Ridge Drive in Midlothian Tuesday morning, as the bus arrived 25 minutes behind schedule.

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As 'Back to School' nears in Charlottesville, COVID contingency plan, concerns discussed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Parents in Charlottesville are just hours away from sending their kids off to in-person school full-time -- many for the first time in well over a year. There are already contingency plans and concerns from the school's community.

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Chesapeake School Board chooses not to adopt state's policies for transgender, nonbinary students

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - Chesapeake Public Schools will not start the school year with updated policies addressing the treatment of transgender and nonbinary students, even though state law requires them to. Monday night, the proposed policies did not even make it to a vote by the Chesapeake School Board.

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After closing due to staffing shortages, Hopewell schools reopen, mandate COVID vaccinations or tests for staff

After a sudden school closure Friday due to "critical staffing shortages" that affected both virtual and in-person instruction, Hopewell City Public Schools reopened Monday. The district said last week that the abrupt cancellation of classes Friday was because of COVID-related...

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Reunions, tough goodbyes as Fairfax County schools welcome students back to classrooms

On the first day of classes Monday, Fairfax County Public Schools science teacher Shawn Stickler barely made it three names into his attendance list before he stopped and gave a double-take. Stickler, who leads seniors in an oceanography research class at Thomas Jefferson High School for

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Carroll County Board of Supervisors table talks to help fund converting schools' bathrooms to 'single-use'

The Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent spoke before the county's Board of Supervisors to request financial assistance for a multi-million dollar project; however, the Board decided to table to the discussion for now.

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500 backpacks filled with school supplies to be given at Booker T. Washington High School Wednesday

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A local organization in Hampton Roads is teaming up with Walmart to giveaway 500 backpacks filled with school supplies ahead of the upcoming school year. Urban League of Hampton Roads is hosting the giveaway event Wednesday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Southampton Middle School teachers plan legal action - The Tidewater News

Southampton Middle School teachers declared through a representative on July 27 that they are planning to take legal action against Southampton County...

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

August 26, 2021 VSBA Collective Bargaining Workshop

Now with the option to attend virtually, email for details.

Join Stacy Haney, VSBA Chief Lobbyist and School Board Attorney for a workshop on collective bargaining and learnhow you and your school division can craft...

September 23, 2021 VSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference

In 2021, Virginians will decide who will lead the Commonwealth by electing the next Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, as well as deciding control of the Virginia House of Delegates. Being informed on the issues shaping Virginia and learning how to advocate on…


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