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Richmond Public Schools close the waitlist for Virtual Virginia
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Sep 16, 9:30 AM: Richmond Public School District announced they have cleared the waitlist for Virtual Virginia, the online learning option for all of Virginia schools. School leaders said there are no more spots available for the program, >
His child is marked absent every day of school: ‘It is frustrating’
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Sep 15, 9:01 AM: A Richmond parent said his child has not gone to school yet this year because there is no room in virtual learning and the delta variant is a threat to his family.
ACPS says virtual school is at full capacity, creates waitlist
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Sep 7, 3:47 PM: For the virtual school, Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) allotted 25 educators and a principal who would operate entirely online, rather than split classes in-person and virtual.
Parents fear virtual school derailed students learning as SOL scores published
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Sep 3, 10:10 AM: The demand for more to be done for students reflects many outcries from the August 26 school board meeting which was full of parent speakers who were demanding changes as the school year picks up, with mixed reviews on how >
Henrico students denied virtual learning: ‘It’s a big concern’
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Sep 3, 10:07 AM: Sarah Williams had a glimmer of hope when she signed up her two young children for the Henrico Virtual Academy this fall.
Standardized testing scores drop in Virginia, reflecting impact of pandemic
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Sep 3, 9:57 AM: Standardized test scores dropped across Virginia this past academic year — the first time the state administered testing since the coronavirus pandemic began — leaving some families worried, others questioning why the >
Albemarle mask policy keeps some students with disabilities out of buildings
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Sep 1, 12:12 PM: The Albemarle County school division is denying in-person learning access to students with disabilities who can't or won't wear a face covering — a group that should be exempted from the mask requirement, according to a >
Loudoun Parents Press for Virtual Options Amid Classroom Quarantines, Rising COVID Cases
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Aug 31, 3:22 PM: Three days into the new school year, multiple classes across the Loudoun County school district are quarantining because of COVID cases, and parents are pressing for more transparency in case reporting and for the option >
Parents are changing their minds on in-person school. In most cases, there are no other options.
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Aug 30, 11:51 AM: Families with Richmond Public Schools had until June 1 to choose between enrolling virtually or attending classes in person. At that point in the summer, COVID-19 vaccines were widely available to adults, new cases had >
SOL Results Show Learning Loss During COVID-19
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Aug 27, 6:19 AM: Reading scores in the district for all students indicated a 79% pass rate, down from an 84% pass rate in 2019, the last time the tests were administered. Math scores in the district saw a more significant drop-off, with >
Local families look to homeschooling as virtual options become unavailable
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Aug 25, 10:10 AM: As the number of COVID-19 cases rise across Virginia and children under 12 remain unvaccinated, some parents are walking back on their initial decision to send their students to school for in-person instruction for the >
Virginia lawmakers say their law was not intended to mandate masks, contradicting Northam’s or
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Aug 25, 9:28 AM: Sens. Siobhan S. Dunnavant (R-Henrico) and Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) sent the letter on Aug. 18 to superintendents and school boards, arguing that a law the two had sponsored earlier this year on the return to >
FCPS parents sign petition for virtual school option for children
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Aug 20, 3:31 PM: With the Delta variant raging across the nation, and children under the age of 12 ineligible for vaccines, many Fairfax County Public Schools parents are worried about sending their children back to in-person school August >
Prince William school officials resist calls to allow virtual opt-in
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Aug 13, 1:31 PM: Prince William County Schools resisted calls to allow families to change from in-person to virtual instruction Thursday, as an online petition to reverse the decision circulated.
Virginia families looking into alternative school plans instead of in-person
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Aug 11, 4:58 PM: With COVID-19 concerns increasing again and the mask debate in schools, some families are looking for other schooling options that don’t include learning in person. We’re working for you on what’s available. >
Amelia approved masks in schools after every parent at meeting spoke out against plan
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Aug 10, 4:18 PM: Students and teachers in Amelia County return to school Wednesday, and after a heated debate Monday night, the district decided masks will be required. All but one school board member voted in favor of the mask policy, >
Norfolk ‘micro-school’ will prep kids for future work
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Jul 30, 9:23 AM: Music superstar Pharrell Williams’ educational nonprofit, Yellow, will be opening a new, independent “micro-school” with a focus on STEM and workforce preparation this fall in Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood. >
Youngkin proposes $1.5 billion in tax relief from surplus, school choice plan from rescue funds
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Jul 30, 8:53 AM:

Youngkin is also proposing that lawmakers allocate the state’s $4.3 billion slice from the American Rescue Plan Act toward school choice programs like educational vouchers, including $500 to parents per public school >

Virginia parents gather enough signatures for petition to recall school board member
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Jul 20, 2:09 PM: Parents in Virginia’s largest school district say they have collected enough signatures to file a recall petition against a Fairfax County School Board member over her handling of school reopening during the pandemic. >
Fairfax schools superintendent announces he will leave at end of contract
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Jul 16, 10:47 AM: Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced Thursday that he would leave his post at the end of the upcoming academic term, after leading Virginia’s largest school district for five years. >

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