Virginia Department of Education
Governor Northam Orders All Virginia Schools to Close for the Remainder of the Academic Year
On March 23, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam extended his order that all public and private K-12 schools in Virginia close in response to the continued spread of COVID-19 for the remainder of the school year. This builds on the Governor’s previous school closure order and previously issued guidance asking child care providers to prioritize services for children of essential personnel, while asking all families to keep their children home if they can. Please note that the March 30, Executive Order 55-This is a PDF document. does not impact school meal distribution and instructional plans in localities.
Coronavirus Information & Resources
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has been working closely with the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health, and other state agencies to ensure our public schools and communities have the most up-to-date information and resources. The health and safety of our children and staff are our top priorities. Visit COVID-19 & Virginia Public Schools and Frequently Asked Questions for the latest information.
Virginia Learns Anywhere
In an effort to support Virginia educators, VDOE created the Continuity for Learning (C4L) Task Force consisting of teachers, leaders, and collaborating educational partners across Virginia. The C4L Task Force has prepared Virginia Learns Anywhere which reinforces much-needed structure while also empowering individual teachers to support students in learning remotely. The C4L Task Force encourages divisions to develop and implement continuous learning plans in partnership with local county health departments, families, staff, and local boards of education.
Virginia Graduates Together
Virginia is for Learners
Virginia is for Learners keeps parents, educators and all Virginians informed about and involved in changes to Virginia’s public education system that produce better-prepared students, a stronger workforce and a healthier economy in every corner of the state. This statewide initiative will connect every student with the knowledge, skills and real-world experience necessary to thrive in the economy of the future.
Graduation & Continuity of Learning Guidance
Guidance on Graduation Requirements, Awarding of Credits, and Continuity of Learning provides school divisions information and solutions around graduation requirements, promotion, new instruction, and ease of process. The intent is not to over burden or restrict our school divisions but to provide hope, engagement, and a measure of normalcy during this period of unprecedented uncertainty.
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News & Announcements
- May 14, 2020 – State Superintendent Congratulates Class of 2020 - Message to Graduates Part of “Graduate Together” Celebration-This is a Word document.
- May 6, 2020 – Virginia School Nurses Continue Fighting COVID-19 While Schools are Closed-This is a Word document.
- May 4, 2020 – State Superintendent: State Superintendent: Teacher Appreciation Week More Important Than Ever During Pandemic-This is a Word document.
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