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 resouUrces, 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.
Virginia LEARNS is now available wherever you are! Simply use this handy one-sheet to navigate to key sections of this valuable resource. You can scan the QR code or click any of the icons to get where you need to go. It’s just that easy to get the information you need, with Virginia LEARNS ON-THE-GO-This is a PDF document.!
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 Unfinished Learning-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.
Key considerations and resources to facilitate the transition from preschool to kindergarten.
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.
- VDOE Special Education Resource page for COVID-19 - includes many resources applicable to special education, parents, SEL and more.
- Restart & Recovery: Meeting the Assessment Needs of Students with Disabilities During Times of Interrupted Schooling - CCSSO, June 2021
- Restart & Recovery: Supporting English Learners with Disabilities During Remote Learning & School Reopening - CCSSO, June 2021
- Addressing Disrupted Instruction in the Social Studies: Recommendations on a Matter of Equity and National Importance - CCSSO, June 2021
- Advancing Student Learning and Opportunity Through Voluntary Academic Summer Learning Programs-This is a PDF document. - RAND Corporation, May 2021
- 2021 Summer Learning & Enrichment - state guidance from district and school leaders, CCSSO
- State Plans for Accelerating Student Learning: A Preliminary Analysis-This is a PDF document. - April 21, 2021, CCSSO
- ED COVID-19 HANDBOOK-This is a PDF document. - USDOE Volume 2: 2021
- ED COVID-19 HANDBOOK-This is a PDF document. - USDOE Volume 1: 2021
- COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDING for K-12 Education - CCSSO, May 2021
- What We’ve Learned about Unfinished Learning-This is a PDF document. - iReady, March 2021
- Estimated 40,000 children have lost a parent to COVID-19 - American Academy of Pediatrics, April 5, 2021
- Confronting COVID-19-Related Harassment in Schools-This is a PDF document. - U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education, May 2021