Tag: Schools

By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton school board voted July 23 to approve the district’s plan to resume classes in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan gives parents a choice between 100% online learning for their children, or a hybrid option of two days in school and two...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Public Schools will not take a “one size fits all” approach to education when classes resume in the fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Instead, parents will get to choose one of two learning options that will work best for their children. It will...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Accomack school board couldn’t give parents the five-day week back-to-school plan they wanted for students, due to space limitations related to social distancing, but the board passed a compromise Tuesday night: a choice between distance learning and a hybrid of distance learning and two...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton County school board voted for the second and final time June 11 in favor of Superintendent Eddie Lawrence continuing in his position for two more years, after the board learned that its May 28 vote on the matter did not conform to state...
By Stefanie Jackson – Virginia schools will being re-opening in phases, with social distancing guidelines and continued online learning opportunities in place to keep students and school staff safe, Gov. Ralph Northam announced June 9. “To be clear, all Virginia schools will open for students next year, but the...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Public Schools’ financial outlook has appeared to improve since about two weeks ago, when Finance Director Beth Onley announced that the fiscal year 2021 budget could experience a shortfall of up to $1.6 million. Multiple revenue losses were predicted due to the economic impacts...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack and Northampton County Public Schools combined will receive more than $2.3 million in financial relief through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), according to a May 1 press release from Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. Accomack will get about...
By Stefanie Jackson – The public hearing on the annual update of the Northampton County Public Schools comprehensive improvement plan prompted discussion of a wide range of topics, from everyday matters like class schedules to hot-button issues like school discipline. “Each child is important and entitled to the opportunity to...
By Stefanie Jackson – Repeated, unexcused school absences violate state law and can lead to court dates, fines, and even jail for parents or juvenile detention for students, an Accomack school administrator has cautioned. “Today, in fact, one of our little people was sentenced to 10 days in juvenile detention...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton school board voted unanimously Feb. 13 to pilot a restorative discipline program in kindergarten through second grade, but a former school board member questioned whether the decision was informed enough to ensure the program’s success. Restorative discipline is an alternative to traditional school discipline...