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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Virginia Daily Education News is a daily update (Monday through Friday) of education news throughout Virginia. Links are created to various media outlets throughout the state. Click the underlined headlines to view the articles.


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Weiss selected as new director of Winchester Education Foundation

WINCHESTER - Nine months after the death of its executive director, the Winchester Education Foundation is under new leadership. Larry Weiss, the former market manager for Centennial Broadcasting in Winchester who served as executive director of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley from 2019 until his retirement in March, succeeds H.

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City forum addresses school safety, parental concerns and how to increase brain power

While first-responders assured the Fredericksburg community they're doing everything they can to protect students from today's threats-ranging from the possibility of an active shooter to a fake report of a bomb in the school-another speaker encouraged the audience to embrace laughter as good medicine, both to live longer and to increase brain power.

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Southwest Virginia, including Danville and Pittsylvania County, shows high obesity rates in children

Virginia's childhood obesity rate is roughly 15%, but young people in areas like Danville and Pittsylvania tend to be heavier than those in the rest of the commonwealth, according to state figures.

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Many factors drive prevalence of childhood obesity in Roanoke

The portion of Roanoke City Public Schools elementary students classified as obese increased from 24% in 2019 to 29% in 2021. Those prepandemic to last year numbers are based on data provided by Roanoke City Public Schools, which gets included in the Roanoke Valley Community Healthy Living Index.

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Hampton Roads schools earn accreditation, but science remains problem area, data shows

The state released school accreditation data that shows a slight decline in the number of accredited schools across the state since before the pandemic. For the 2022-2023 school year, 1,628 out of 1,830 schools are accredited, or 89%. This is a 3% decrease from 2019-2020, which was the last time the Department of Education calculated school ratings.

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Youngkin wants a better measuring stick for Va. schools. What's his plan?

RICHMOND - It sounds like good news: Despite the intense challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, 89 percent of Virginia's public K-12 schools are fully accredited, compared with 92 percent in the 2019-2020 school year. But Gov.

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Frederick County School Board committee discusses student dress code

WINCHESTER - Members of the Frederick County School Board had student dress code questions, concerns and proposals ready for administration Thursday night at the Student Conduct and Support Committee meeting. Frederick County Public Schools' current dress code was adopted a few years ago and drafted with input from students, staff and parents.

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RCPS Parental Notification Vote Expected Monday

The Rockingham County School Board will vote on board member Matt Cross' parental notification policy despite some confusion from the state with the release of Gov. Glenn Youngkin's proposed policy revisions surrounding the protection of transgender student rights. Cross' policy, which was first introduced in May, is on the School Board agenda for a vote at Monday's meeting.

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All area schools receive full accreditation from Virginia

For the first time since 2014, for the 2022-23 school year, Virginia Middle School is among the 89% of schools across the Commonwealth of Virginia to receive accreditation. Virginia Middle School had been partially accredited since 2011. The announcement comes after two years when the accreditation process was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vaccination rates continue to drop for Virginia students: 'We want to get these rates back up'

The percentage of students in Virginia schools who have received the required basic vaccinations has been steadily declining since 2008. Last fall, 10% fewer Virginia public school kindergartners were adequately immunized than those who arrived in fall of 2018, according to Virginia Health Department data, which is counted on the first day of school.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

VAcorp Cyber Liability Coverage webinar, Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.

Cyber threats continue to evolve, with no organization immune to cybercrime. In celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, VAcorp is hosting a live Cyber Liability Coverage webinar on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. This webinar is open to VAcorp coverage program participants.This one-hour training program offers a basic introduction to the world of cyber liability coverage while focusing on the practical steps you can take as an organization to prepare and respond to a cyber event. 

2022 VSBA Fall Superintendent Evaluation Workshop, October 4, 2022

Are you prepared to evaluate your Superintendent? Are you familiar with the recently revised performance guidelines? Register now for the Superintendent Evaluation Workshop to learn more about the newly revised Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Superintendents developed by the Virginia Department of Education.

2022 VSBA Title IX Workshop, September 27, 2022

With claims of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct hitting newsstands everywhere, Title IX coordinators and other senior staff need to be confident in their knowledge and enforcement of their divisions’ policies. Participants will learn the basics of Title IX, best practices regarding Title IX policies, and recent case law relating to sexual harassment of students, gender discrimination, employee training requirements, and more!

2022 VSBA Budget Training Workshop, October 20, 2022

The Basics of Budgeting for Student Needs is a two-hour session designed to provide school board members and division superintendents with a general understanding of the essential elements of budgeting and allocating division resources in a strategically-focused manner that aligns with and supports the individual needs, goals and aspirations of students.

2022 VSBA Annual Convention, November 16-18 2022

VSBA’s Annual Convention is the celebratory end-of-year gathering that you do not want to miss out on! This event is the largest and most anticipated meeting of the year, which brings together over one thousand school board members, superintendents, and school division staff from across the state of Virginia.

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