On June 9, 2020 Governor Northam announced a phased approach that allows Virginia schools to slowly resume in-person classes for summer school and the coming academic year. The PreK-12 guidance is aligned with the phases outlined in the Forward Virginia blueprint and provides opportunities for school divisions to begin offering in-person instruction to specific student groups. The opportunities for in-person instruction in each phase are as follows:
- Phase One: special education programs and child care for working families
- Phase Two: Phase One plus preschool through third grade students, English learners, and summer camps in school buildings
- Phase Three: all students may receive in-person instruction as can be accommodated with strict physical distancing measures in place, which may require alternative schedules that blend in-person and remote learning for students
- Beyond Phase Three: divisions will resume “new-normal” operations under future guidance
Detailed information on each phase can be found in the guidance document available here.
VDOE has also developed comprehensive guidance to aid schools in planning for a return to in-person instruction and activities. “Recover, Redesign, Restart” is available at doe.virginia.gov.
- Questions specific to COVID-19 concerns for the Virginia Department of Education can be addressed to email@example.com.
Setting Specific Resources
- (NEW) Contact Tracing as a Partnership Involving VDH, the Child and Parents/Guardians, and Schools/Child Care Programs (6/26/2020)
- Virginia Association of School Nurses Recovery Plan (6/12/2020)
- (UPDATED) VDH Interim Testing Recommendations for K-12 and Child Care Programs (7/2/2020)
- Virginia’s Return to School Plan (Department of Education)
- FAQs about K-12 Schools Reopening (Department of Education)
- FAQs about K-12 Schools (VDH)
- CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again
- CDC Considerations for Schools
- CDC Decision Tree for Schools Reopening
- CDC Guidance for Keeping Children Healthy While School’s Out
- Talking with Children About Coronavirus Disease 2019