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Monday, September 27, 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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Richmond Schools opening limited seats to Virtual Academy for PreK-5th graders this week

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Richmond Public School families waiting to hear back about virtual learning could get an answer this week. In an RPS direct update Wednesday night, Superintendent Jason Kamras says, the district will begin offering seats to a limited number of preschool-5th grade students on their Richmond Virtual Academy waitlist.

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Albemarle joins other school systems in mandating student-athletes get vaccinated

High school students in Albemarle County who want to play winter, spring and club sports have until Nov. 8 to become fully vaccinated. The school division announced the requirement last week to families and provided more information Friday. Several other school systems throughout Virginia, including Charlottesville, have similar requirements.

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City school board approves reconfiguration plan

Division officials have said reconfiguring how the grades are set up would be transformative for students and help to address persistent achievement gaps and equity issues. Students of color account for 84% of the preschool program's enrollment and 62% of grades five through eight, according to VMDO's analysis.

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Lynchburg-area schools report 160 new positive COVID-19 cases this week

Schools in Lynchburg and the surrounding counties together reported 160 new positive cases of COVID-19 this week. Together, Lynchburg City Schools and the public school divisions in Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson counties have reported about 1,178 cases of the coronavirus in the 2021-22 school year.

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Loudoun County School Board changes guidelines for public participation

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) - After months of controversy surrounding meetings, the Loudoun County School Board is updating its guidelines for public participation. Those who want to participate in public comment must now meet certain criteria, according to a press release: They must be residents of Loudoun County (including its incorporated towns) Owners of businesses [...]

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Pulaski County Public Schools works to address staffing shortages

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Pulaski County Public Schools is one of the many school districts in the area still feeling the impacts of the pandemic. Between the bus driver and substitute teacher shortage-they say filling these positions has not been easy.

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William Fleming High School hosts one-of-a-kind marching band competition

ROANOKE, Va. - Marching to the drum taps, more than a dozen high school bands from across the region competed in a one-of-a-kind band competition. Kicking off with a drum major salute, 15 high school bands battled it out on the William Fleming High School field in the first Star City Classic marching band competition.

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'We're delivering children, we're not Amazon': Henrico school bus drivers address school leaders over concerns

More than a dozen current Henrico school bus drivers gathered Thursday during a school board meeting to share their concerns over wages, workload, and even mental health. Many said, they are worn thin just weeks into the 2021-2022 school year.

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'Disturbance involving spectators' cancels remainder of Lakeland High School football game in Suffolk

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The remainder of a football game at Lakeland High School in Suffolk Friday night was canceled after a "disturbance" involving spectators. A police official said the disturbance related to fights, and that social media posts referring to a shooting were incorrect.

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County Schools Get 1st Shipment Of COVID-19 Rapid Tests

The Rockingham County School Board meets Monday to discuss a variety of topics, including an update on COVID-19 and the school division's continued response. RCPS is one of a handful of school divisions that has chosen to participate in a program called ViSSTA, which provides surveillance testing to students who agree to participate.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

2021 VSBA Annual Convention, November 17-19, 2021

We are back in person for the VSBA Annual Convention! This convention is the largest and most anticipated VSBA meeting of the year. This event brings together over one thousand school board members, superintendents, and school division staff from across Virginia. We are...

2021 VSBA Budget Training Workshop, October 21, 2021

The Basics of Budgeting for Equity is a two-hour session designed to provide school board members and division superintendents with a general understanding of the essential elements of budgeting and allocating division resources in a strategically-focused manner that aligns with and...


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