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Monday, September 26, 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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Caroline schools to benefit from grant to provide watershed education

Students in Caroline County Public Schools will receive immersive environmental education experiences this fall thanks to a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Freedom High School parents pressure Prince William school officials on communication, security

Lenka Mendoza does not typically make the trek to the Kelly Leadership Center for Prince William County School Board meetings. But she and other parents from Freedom High School were there Wednesday night, several with division-provided translators in tow, to tell the school system's leadership that they clearly were not being heard.

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USDA Launches $100 Million Healthy School Meals Initiative, Announces Grant Program for Rural Schools

Today, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service launched the first phase of its $100 million Healthy Meals Incentives Initiative aimed at improving the nutritional quality of school meals by opening a request for applications for an organization to manage grants to small and/or rural school meal programs, establish an awards program to recognize school districts that are excelling in their meal quality, and support schools in bringing best practices into their lunchrooms.

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Slate of candidates looks to 'flip' Virginia Beach School Board

VIRGINIA BEACH - More than a dozen candidates are seeking a seat on the Virginia Beach School Board. The school system is one of the largest in the commonwealth and has a budget of more than $1 billion, which the board manages.

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Four Albemarle County schools accredited with conditions by state

Four out of 24 schools in Albemarle County Public Schools were accredited with conditions on Thursday, according to school officials. Greer, Mountain View, Red Hill, and Woodbrook elementary schools had one student demographic group that did not pass state Standard of Learning exams, according to officials.

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Childhood obesity vs. a Petersburg schools nutrition expert

There was a problem with the chicken nuggets. The breaded hunks of chicken, served to 4,000-plus students at Petersburg City Public Schools, met the federal government's standards for calories, saturated fat and sodium. But they had no taste, and the kids were losing interest.

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All but four Fredericksburg-area schools fully accredited by the VDOE

Ninety-five percent of Fredericksburg-area public schools are fully accredited this year, according to ratings released Thursday by the Virginia Department of Education. Four area schools are accredited with conditions: Walker-Grant Middle in Fredericksburg; Bowling Green Elementary and Caroline Middle in Caroline County; and Post Oak Middle in Spotsylvania County.

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Students' mental health impacted by school threats

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - There have been nine unfounded school threats across our hometowns this month. As her kids get ready for school, Paola Santos worries if it's the last time she will see them. "It's really sad that every morning I have to hug my children extra tight because of everything that is going on in school," said Santos.

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Youngkin's rules for trans students leave many teens fearful, despondent

In Fairfax, a gender-nonconforming teen who is out at school, but not at home, is terrified their parents will discover the truth under Virginia's new policies for transgender students. If they find out, the teen is sure, they will refuse to pay for college - and may kick the teen out of their home.

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Virginia schools show problems with chronic absenteeism

ROANOKE, Va. - It's the first time we've had accreditation numbers from the Virginia Department of Education since before the pandemic. Eighty-nine percent of schools earned full accreditation. That's three percent lower than 2019-2020. 121 Virginia schools that are below state standard had problems with chronic absenteeism, compared with 23 schools before the pandemic.

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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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