Virginia LEARNS – Leading, Engaging, Assessing, Recovering, Nurturing & Succeeding
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic the VDOE brought together a variety of stakeholders – the Virginia LEARNS workgroup – to use information collected and compiled from many sources to create a guidance document for school divisions. The workgroup focused on equity, wellbeing, and instructional issues including curriculum, assessment and remediation, recovery and interventions.
As schools reopen and develop plans for summer programs and the 2021-22 school year, keen attention needs to be given to addressing learning gaps exacerbated by the pandemic and to the mental health needs of students and staff. Understanding that all of our programs need to ensure equity, the checkpoints and resources below will assist leaders and staff as they consider guiding questions, assess and allocate available resources, and deploy plans to meet the needs of all students.
The resources provided here build upon the Recover, Redesign, Restart 2020 work. Stakeholders are also encouraged to refer to the department's School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions, a resource aligned with the interim CDC guidance for schools and serves as a recommendation for Virginia schools to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19.
Feedback from hundreds of stakeholders has been compiled to guide the work of recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key questions and considerations are provided in these essential areas to guide planning and recovery.
- Student & Staff Wellbeing Checkpoint-This is a PDF document.
- Considerations for Learning Loss-This is a PDF document.
- Curriculum Checkpoint-This is a PDF document.
- Instruction Checkpoint-This is a PDF document.
- Assessment Checkpoint-This is a PDF document.
- Remediation Checkpoint-This is a PDF document.
Language Arts Essentials
These resources are helpful for planning purposes as educators explore how best to identify key concepts and make decisions for instruction, remediation, and intervention.
Bridging Standards documents allow for the identification of content that can be connected when planning instruction and to promote deeper student understanding.
- Bridging Mathematics-This is a PDF document.
- Kindergarten Bridging Standards-This is a Word document.
- Grade 1 Bridging Standards-This is a Word document.
- Grade 2 Bridging Standards-This is a Word document.
- Grade 3 Bridging Standards-This is a Word document.
- Grade 4 Bridging Standards-This is a Word document.
- Grade 5 Bridging Standards-This is a Word document.
- Grade 6 Bridging Standards-This is a Word document.
- Grade 7 Bridging Standards-This is a Word document.
- Grade 8 Bridging Standards-This is a Word document.
Technology Navigation System Check
Technology is a foundation to our school division’s programs. Careful planning is essential to ensure resources are allocated to keep the necessary tools operational for today and the future.
Federal Pandemic Relief Funding
Federal pandemic relief funding has been allocated to school divisions under the following programs:
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act;
- The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act; and
- The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.
Funds are intended to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools in Virginia. Pandemic relief funds may be used to support a wide variety of programs and activities, including VA LEARNS initiatives. For more information, visit the Federal Pandemic Relief Programs webpage. Additional information on purchasing guidelines is available in the School Budget and Finance section of the School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions.