Report: Virginia Schools Impacted By Pandemic

‘We are in a crisis,’ Virginia Secretary of Education says.
PROVO, UT - AUGUST 05: A teacher starts to reset up her classrooms at Freedom Preparatory Academy as they begin to prepare to restart school after it was closed in March due to COVID-19 on August 5, 2020 in Provo, Utah. The school is planning to have students return on August 18 for five days a week instruction, but with reduced hours during the day. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A new report by Virginia’s nonpartisan legislative watchdog agency, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, found that the state’s workforce of teachers is smaller, unhappier, and less qualified than before the pandemic.
  • School staff is also finding an increase in student behavioral problems and mental health issues.
  • “We all knew in our hearts and from our personal experiences that COVID-19 had unbelievably terrible impacts on our families and on our children. And now, as we all just heard, we have hard data — cold hard data — telling us that we are in crisis,” Secretary of Education Aimee Rogstad Guidera said.

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