Pandemic recovery program available to students statewide

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow recently announced the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has launched “Engage Virginia,” an academic recovery and coaching program to help students recover from the impact of the pandemic on learning, attendance and related issues.

Engage Virginia services are available to students, families and schools at no cost through a partnership between VDOE and Graduation Alliance, a Salt Lake City-based education services provider specializing in online programs for students and state and local education agencies.

“Engage Virginia will supplement the efforts already underway in our school divisions in partnership with VDOE to meet the needs of students still struggling with academic, attendance and mental health issues,” said Balow. “It is our goal to fill every available slot with students who can benefit from this support.”

School divisions opt-in to participate in Engage Virginia and refer students and families to the program. Parents in non-participating divisions may enroll their children by registering directly at

Participating students and families are assigned an academic success coach . . . .

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