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Monday, January 10, 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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2022 Session: Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly returns to Richmond on January 12th. Stay informed of the legislative proceedings by viewing the VSBA Legislative Update Blog daily! Please reach out to J.T. at if you have any questions.

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Fairfax schools outline plan to deal with teacher absences due to COVID

After a tense week of back and forth between parents and school administrators, Fairfax County Public Schools announced Thursday they plan to keep students in the classroom despite the surge of COVID-19 but are preparing for potential teacher shortages.

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As schools reopen with omicron surging, hundreds of Richmond-area teachers absent; Chesterfield parents disappointed in lack of plans

While Monday's snowstorm gave Richmond-area students extra days off after winter break, behind the scenes public school districts were scrambling to keep schools up and running with hundreds of teachers out sick or quarantining as the omicron surge of coronavirus cases continues.

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Course reversal - Cardinal News

RICHMOND - A new measure sponsored by state Sen. Travis Hackworth, a Republican from Tazewell County, seeks to overturn legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly almost two years ago that requires school districts statewide to adopt a set of guidelines by the Virginia Department of Education in dealing with nonbinary and transgender students.

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COVID-19 Cases, Students In Quarantine Climbing At Area Schools

The holiday break for students has meant climbing instances of COVID-19 in area schools. The omicron variant is leading to more mild or asymptomatic cases and a shortage of tests means cases are surging across the country, including Rockingham County Public Schools and Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Total cases since Aug.

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After Herring's opinion, Gloucester to redirect sales tax revenue for new school construction

Dave Ress covers the military. He's been a reporter in Virginia since 1990 and before that for Reuters in Canada, Britain and Africa. Dave has a PhD in history from the University of New England (Australia) and is the author of 4 books on U.S. and Australian history.

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Richmond teachers' union: 'We are approaching a staffing situation that makes in-person learning untenable.'

The Richmond teachers union said Thursday that it's "deeply concerned about our ability to conduct in-person classes" after a return to school in which 160 teachers and multiple bus drivers were expected to be absent because of COVID-19.

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Chesapeake police investigating social media threats toward school board members

CHESAPEAKE - Police are investigating social media comments directed at Chesapeake School Board members that alluded to violence. The comments were posted on Instagram after a special meeting Dec. 31 at which the board reinstated a mask mandate in schools.

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Atkins named acting superintendent of public instruction - Farmville

Governor Ralph Northam has named Rosa Atkins as acting superintendent of public instruction to replace James Lane, who served as the leader of the Virginia Department of Education from June 2018 to January 2022. Atkins joined the Virginia Department of Education in July as assistant superintendent for talent acquisition and development before being appointed the [...]

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Spread of COVID-19 is rampant in Henry County Schools

At the Henry County School Board's first regular meeting of the year Thursday, the board learned that a surge in COVID-19 cases is causing concern within the school system. "Before the [winter] break it was going down, but the spreading is rampant right now," said Superintendent Sandy Strayer.

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Snow, staffing shortages force closure of most Northern Virginia schools for an extra week

Most Northern Virginia families celebrated the arrival of 2022 confident in the belief their children would soon return to school. They were in for a surprise. School was supposed to start up Monday for the roughly 300,000 students that attend school in the Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Arlington and Alexandria City public school systems. But a surprisingly strong storm dumped about 12 inches of snow on some parts of the D.C.

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Orientation for New Board Members, Superintendents, Chairs and Vice-Chairs

There are few elected/appointed positions as important to the future of our communities as a school board member. As election season wraps up and new educational leaders prepare to take their seats on boards of education across the state, VSBA is here to help them become the best board member they...

2022 VSBA Capital Conference, January 24-25, 2022

New This Year! We will kick-off the two-day conference with a panel of school board members answering important questions on why school board advocacy is a must. After the lunch panel there will be commentary on the new political scene both in Virginia and nationally, as well as a review of the Governor’s budget. 


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