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'Virtual Virginia' to allow all teachers to host virtual classes

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Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 18:41:04-04

RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Ralph Northam announced Monday an expansion of Virtual Virginia, to allow all teachers to host virtual classes while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

The Virginia Department of Education's online learning system will now allow all public school teachers to share lessons and activities through June 30.

“While there is no perfect substitute for in-person classroom instruction, this is an unprecedented public health crisis and we must do everything we can to ensure all children have equitable learning opportunities,” said Governor Northam.

Virtual Virginia will expand to include elementary and middle school content as an option for students to learn content missed this spring.

Courses will begin in May and the new course content will be available to any school division that enrolls students and teachers in the program, at no cost to the division.

"VA TV Classroom" launched Monday by Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, WETA, and WHRO Public Media. The media companies worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education to create the programming to provide teacher-led, on-air instruction.