Student & School Support
Health & Medical Update: Ebola Virus & Enterovirus D68
VDOE is providing information for the public and local education agencies regarding Ebola virus and Enterovirus D68. VDOE works closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and other state and federal authorities to provide the latest information and guidance. Specific concerns about symptoms should be directed to your primary care provider. We ask the public’s support in efforts to minimize the opportunity to spread infections by keeping sick children at home for the duration of any illness. See Health & Medical for more information.
VDOE and the commonwealth’s public schools work in partnership to support and improve teaching and learning through a variety of programs and activities promoting the safety and well being of students. These efforts include:
- Improving instruction through effective reforms and best practices
- Promotion of wellness through good nutrition and physical activity and school-health programs
- Equipping children with knowledge and skills to make wise choices
- Selecting and employing technology to improve teaching and learning
- Constructing and maintaining schools and infrastructure that meet the needs of today’s learners and educators
- Maintaining safe learning environments and transporting children safely to and from school
- Educating children in non-traditional settings
VDOE provides leadership, consultation and technical assistance to schools and school divisions in the effective use of technology to improve instruction and student learning. The department assists in the implementation of the Computer/Technology Standards of Learning and the commonwealth’s Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel. The department also provides expanded opportunities for learning to students and educators through innovative virtual programs such as Virtual Learning and Learning Without Boundaries. Find out more about Technology in Virginia Education.
Virginia to participate in national Green Ribbon Schools pilot program
Virginia will participate in the U.S. Department of Education (USED) Green Ribbon Schools pilot program that recognizes schools where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the sustainability and environmental literacy of graduates. More about Green Ribbon Schools criteria and application process.
You may also be interested in: Governor's Youth Development AcademiesSchool divisions can apply for grants to fund school-year or summer academies designed for rising 9th-graders and 10th-graders – including students at risk of disengagement and dropping out – with a focus on civics education, financial literacy, community service, preventive health, personal character development and leadership. Each academy provides active participatory experiences from community leaders and professionals it partners with, such as local governments, civic organizations, YMCA and 4-H. More about Governor's Youth Development Academies.