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Tuesday, September 7, 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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Some parents push back after districts require student-athletes to get COVID vaccine

Loudoun and Fairfax County Public Schools will require high school athletes to be vaccinated beginning Nov. 8. FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - Fairfax County Public Schools and Loudoun County Public Schools will soon require its high school athletes to show proof of vaccination before they are allowed to play.

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ACPS says virtual school is at full capacity, creates waitlist

"The process going forward is to monitor the enrollment, continue to plan and evaluate how things are going, and when there's an opportunity, it's not unusual I think for families to move back and forth," he said.

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Republican Glenn Youngkin seeks teacher raises, ban on 'critical race theory' in plan for Virginia K-12 schools

Virginia's Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin plans to boost teacher salaries and attack what he asserts is the infiltration of critical race theory into K-12 education in the state, his campaign said this week. Youngkin recently outlined a set of policy priorities, a mix of tax cuts and spending proposals, that he described as a "day one game plan."

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Teacher of the Year Melissa Barb stresses the value of meaningful connections

WINCHESTER - Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent David Sovine describes the division's 2022 Teacher of the Year Melissa Barb as an outstanding and passionate teacher who works to help all her students succeed. "She develops meaningful connections with her students, customizes her instruction based upon their needs and interests, and is committed to professional growth," Sovine said in a news release.

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Bedford County Public Schools offer Virtual Virginia learning option for some families

Some parents of Bedford County students may have the option to enroll their child in virtual learning through the state. In a statement, a spokesperson for the district says a letter was sent to specific families. Parents had until 10 a. m.

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Amherst County Public Schools to remain closed until Sept. 13 due to COVID-19 concerns

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) - Due to COVID-19 concerns, Amherst County Public Schools has decided to close all schools in their district, with no in-person instruction or virtual learning until Sept. 13.

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Local school districts head back to the classroom Tuesday

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Labor Day signals the start of a new school year for many students in Hampton Roads. Several local school districts will welcome students back to the classroom. For some, it'll be their first time in a classroom in more than a year.

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An inside look at how Petersburg Schools are preparing for the first day

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Petersburg City Public School students return to the building on Sept. 7, and 70% of the district's students haven't been inside a classroom since March of 2020. Right now, only 100 Petersburg students are enrolled in Virtual Virginia -- which means the other 4,000 students will be learning inside a classroom face-to-face with a teacher.

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Student-athletes in Danville City Public Schools must get vaccinated or regular testing

Leaders with Danville City Public Schools are saying athletes have become a hotspot for the spread of COVID-19. To help prevent the spread of COVID, school leaders voted to require athletes and extracurricular students to be vaccinated or get tested regularly. Students who are not vaccinated would get tested twice a week through a saliva test.

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Franklin County School Board attorney resigns

The Franklin County School Board attorney has resigned, citing "personal reasons." Stephen Maddy, who has served as the school attorney for almost seven years, turned in his resignation Thursday, effective 5 p.m. that day. "I wish the board the best," said Maddy, reached by phone Friday. "It was a pleasure working for them.

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'It's just awful': County schools need $65 million in capital improvements

CHATHAM, Va. - From ramshackle classrooms to outside safety concerns, Pittsylvania County Schools (PCS) administrators are pleading with the public to approve a 1 percent sales tax referendum for capital improvement needs in the division, which will be a question on November's ballot.

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Rappahannock County supervisors, Broadband Authority deadlock on proposal for expanded coverage

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors and Broadband Authority could not agree whether or not to continue onto phase 2 of their agreement with All Points Broadband that could greatly expand internet service in the county.

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Board chairwoman, superintendent face FOIA lawsuit - The Suffolk News-Herald

A city resident has filed a lawsuit alleging the Suffolk School Board, chairwoman Dr. Judith Brooks-Buck and Superintendent Dr. John B. Gordon III violated the Freedom of Information Act by denying her access to an open meeting. The civil suit, filed by Deborah Wahlstrom in Suffolk Circuit Court Aug.

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Smithfield High students challenged to read 'woke' - Smithfield Times

Parents push back, say books 'disparage white people' This coming school year, Smithfield High School's library will again be challenging its students to read "woke." The slang term refers to an awareness of injustice, particularly racism, in society. The "Read Woke" challenge - in the words of its creator, Georgia high school librarian Cicely [...]

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Prince William School Board meeting gets raucous; plans move forward to limit public comment

Prince William School Board Chair Babur Lateef plans to move forward with a vote on new public comment rules after Wednesday night's board meeting grew tense with speakers attacking that plan as well as the school system's mask mandate.

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City expects to trim school bus waitlist by 414

More Charlottesville students will be able to ride the school bus in a few weeks when the city adds three routes, according to a report recently presented to the School Board. Those routes should open up 414 more seats, cutting the waitlist down to about 870 students from 1,286.

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School cafeterias under scrutiny as FCPS families, staff share COVID-19 anxieties

As COVID-19 cases rise in Fairfax County Public Schools, so have concerns from parents, students, and staff, particularly when it comes to the cafeteria. More than 205,000 students and staff in Fairfax County went back to school on Aug. 23 after 18 months of mostly remote learning. Excitement abo

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Dinwiddie launches app to let parents track when school buses will arrive

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- For more than a year, many kids have been unable to go to school, see their friends or participate in activities in the ways they were used to before the pandemic. For a generation already attached to technology, they've spent extra time on their computers whether it be to stay in touch with peers or attend school.

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