Here’s Virginia’s new guidance as Gov. Ralph Northam announces push to reopen schools

He announced this during his COVID update

“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.

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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.

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