“Our schools are safe,” said Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday afternoon.
A return to in-person schooling is now a focus of Virginia leaders.
During Thursday’s COVID-19 update, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that it’s time to begin working to get students back in the classroom safely.
He said that schools are able to practice social distancing, mask-wearing and cleaning, allowing them to reopen before a vaccine is widely distributed.
The Virginia Department of Education released its new guidance for schools at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
The emphasis will change from “school should be closed” to “schools need to be open,” according to Northam.