Gov. Northam no longer announcing push to have Virginia students back in schools in Wednesday update

10 News received a new statement from VDOE shortly after 2 p.m.

ROANOKE, Va. – About 75 minutes after 10 News published our initial report, we’ve now learned that Gov. Ralph Northam will not address bringing students back to school.

While the Virginia Department of Education told 10 News in a statement that Northam would release updated guidelines on Wednesday, VDOE has since rolled back that statement.

Below is the email that 10 News received from the Virginia Department of Education at 2:17 p.m.:

While we expect to announce updated guidance in the near future on school reopening, the announcement won’t be tomorrow.

VDOE has been involved in numerous conversations on how to ensure a safe learning experience for children in the New Year, including the prioritization of vaccinations for K-12 teachers.

These conversations are ongoing and we expect to issue updated guidance in the near future, but Governor Northam is not planning on announcing any changes to the current guidance tomorrow.

Charles Pyle, Director of Media Relations for the Virginia Department of Education

Northam will address Virginians during a coronavirus update at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.


Many school administrators were stunned by what they heard Tuesday morning during a weekly call with Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. James Lane.

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