Virginia Department of Health launches COVID-19 online tools, including one with school metrics | Education

“We hope communities use the tool to understand the data in their locality and also in surrounding counties or localities to help understand the potential risk of introductions and or subsequent transmission in other settings, like school,” Forlano said.

In the Richmond area, only Hanover County brought students back into the classroom on the first day of school. Chesterfield County is returning some K-12 special education students back to in-person instruction on Tuesday, while Henrico County is weighing whether to move to a hybrid model next month. The city of Richmond is opening some school buildings for emergency child care.

VDH recommends that any decisions about in-person instruction or school closures be handled at the local level. The Department of Health has recommended for school systems to prioritize bringing back the highest-need and youngest elementary school students first.

“That guidance has and continues to prioritize the needs of students who

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Ames students shift learning models based on COVID-19 metrics

Ames students shifted from fully online to hybrid instruction Monday. That means their school activities and sports can start back up too.Band members had been practicing virtually up until Monday morning. They performed the fight song as students walked in for the first day of in-person instruction.”It was really great to be able to see students enter our buildings again,” said Ames Schools Director of Communications Eric Smidt.Ames students returned to school Sept. 8. They’ve been online because of Story County’s high infection rate. “It’s definitely been a challenge, but safety has to come first,” said one Ames parent, after dropping off her kindergartner at Mitchell Elementary School Monday.Parents say they’re happy to see their kids back in the classroom half the time, with new safety measures in place. That includes required face coverings, sanitizing their hands when entering classrooms and social distancing when possible.“I’m really proud of the way … Read More