Back to school plan outlines steps for safely resuming in-person instruction and activities

Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday, June 9, announced a phased approach that allows Virginia schools to slowly resume in-person classes for summer school and the coming academic year. The K-12 phased reopening plan was developed by the Office of the Secretary of Education, Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and is informed by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

All pre-K-12 schools in Virginia will be required to deliver new instruction to students for the 2020-21 academic year, regardless of the operational status of school buildings. The pre-K-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.

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