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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Virginians can find up to date and reliable information about COVID19 in the Commonwealth from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

Information on COVID-19 and Virginia PreK-12 Education

The Northam Administration and Virginia Department of Education issued interim Guidance for Reopening PreK-12 Schools on January 14th, 2021 which centers a safe return to in-person learning as a top guiding principle. The Governor has made it clear that children need to be back in school, and that it is possible to do so safely. That's why he has put significant COVID relief funding towards K-12 education, and why he has prioritized vaccinations for teachers and school staff. Access to in-person instruction is critical for many students to grow and learn, as the connections, structures, and supports our school communities provide are irreplaceable.

For information and resources, please visit the Virginia Department of Education's COVID-19 and Virginia Public Schools page. If you have further questions, please see the VDOE's list of School Reopening FAQs.

Information on COVID-19 and Virginia Higher Education

In June 2020, the Governor worked alongside the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create and release the Higher Education Reopening Guidance. Institutions were required to submit reopening plans meeting the guidelines to SCHEV for certification.

For a list of institutions' websites and general COVID-19 higher education information for institutions, students, and parents, please see the State Council of Higher Education's COVID-19 page.

What We Do

The Education Secretariat provides guidance to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), as well as Virginia’s 16 public colleges and universities, 23 community colleges and five higher education and research centers. We also provide support to seven state-funded arts/cultural institutions.

For more information about agencies, schools and more, follow the “agencies” link above, or click here.

Governor Northam Appoints Dr. James Lane as State Superintendent of Public Instruction

May 24th, 2018 — “Public education is the foundation of this Commonwealth’s economy and the quality of life we offer every family, and no one has as much responsibility for setting the direction of our public education—from early childhood through 12th grade—as the Superintendent of Public Instruction,” said Governor Northam

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