Virginia Department of Education
Maximizing the Potential of All Students
Education is our most effective tool to reduce poverty, address racism, and sustain economic advancement for all Virginians. The Commonwealth is committed to ensuring that students and families in Virginia, regardless of their race, economic status, or the languages they speak at home, feel welcomed in their schools. Visit VirginiaIsForLearners.virginia.gov to learn more about the commitment to ensure that the Commonwealth’s public education system is positioned to achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students.
Disability History & Awareness Month
As a result of lobbying by a group of young people with disabilities, the 2009 General Assembly designated October as Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM) to promote positive attitudes in schools creating a culture of mutual respect, understanding and equal opportunities for all. Read Superintendent's Memo 224-19-This is a Word document. for resources to highlight DHAM in Virginia and promote a “culture of mutual respect, understanding, and equal opportunities for all.”
Anti-Bullying Awarenss Month & Unity Day
National Stop Bullying Day, which is referred to by some as “Unity Day” is observed annually on the second Wednesday in October. This annual designation during Anti-Bullying Awareness Month is designed to bring awareness of the need to stand up against and put an end to bullying. Visit Bullying Prevention, Inclusive Practices, and the Inclusion Project for resources to combact bullying and harrassment.
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News & Announcements
- October 17, 2019 – Board of Education Prescribes New Standards of Quality for Public Schools-This is a Word document.
- October 17, 2019 – Governor Northam Awards $6 Million in New School Security Equipment Grants
- October 16, 2019 – Virginia Students Outscore Nation on ACT-This is a Word document.
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