EDUCATION

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released updated guidance to provide educators a science-based plan for reopening K-12 schools.The agency said it cannot force schools to reopen but can only stress that steps such as wearing masks and physical distancing of at least 6 feet...
Nearly everyone wants schoolchildren back in classrooms around the commonwealth as soon as possible, since they’ve coped with roughly a year of the pandemic and less-than-perfect teaching substitutes.Note my use of the word, “nearly.” More on that later.Gov. Ralph Northam wants a return to in-person studies, though he has...
Schools across Virginia will be expected to resume in-person learning by March 15, according to Gov. Ralph Northam, who announced the directive in a news briefing on Friday.Spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said that while Northam has oversight of the Virginia Department of Education and is overseeing the state’s COVID-19 response,...
Virginia schools have lost thousands of students over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.According to the most recent figures from the Virginia Department of Education, enrollment has dropped by 45,000 students statewide, with the biggest decreases in kindergarten classrooms. Those losses could take a big financial hit on local...
A bill that would require local school divisions to offer in-person classes passed the Senate Tuesday with help from a handful of Democrats, who joined their Republican colleagues in approving the measure.Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, the influential chair of the chamber’s Finance Committee,...
Early data from Virginia schools suggest that more students are struggling academically as the majority of divisions continue to operate totally or partially remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.It’s a concern that educators have raised as they continue to navigate virtual instruction. According to a survey of 132 local districts...
A House committee voted Monday to approve a bill requiring new cultural competency training for Virginia educators — part of a sweeping effort to reform the commonwealth’s what critics says is outdated curriculum on African American history.The legislation, sponsored by Del. Clint Jenkins, D-Suffolk, would help codify recommendations from...
Gov. Ralph Northam’s latest message to local school systems is to start thinking about reopening — and soon.“In the short term, all of our school divisions need to be making plans for how to reopen,” he said at a news briefing on Thursday. “It’s not going to happen next...
WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally introduced his nominee for secretary of education — Miguel Cardona, a veteran of public schools and the third Latino selected for the Cabinet.“We knew we needed an education secretary who truly understands what it's been like for educators, administrators, families, caregivers and students...
Kathryn Brown, an elementary school teacher in Waynesboro, was initially puzzled when she noticed other local schools transitioning back to online learning after Thanksgiving break.“Rockbridge County, for example, announced they were switching to a virtual model,” Brown said in an interview on Tuesday. “And they cited an email from...