The U.S. Department of Education has given Virginia permission to cancel federally mandated Standards of Learning tests during the 2019-2020 school year, according to a Monday news release from the Virginia Department of Education.

Karen Miranda was with her 8-year-old daughter Aida Gutierrez, a third-grader at Sandy Hook Elementary School, at a recent art fair showcasing student art throughout the school over a two-day period.

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced Tuesday that high school seniors who were on track to earn a diploma later this spring will be able to graduate, despite the closure of schools for the remainder of the year.

Virginia’s Standard of Learning testing is likely to be canceled this year after the U.S. Department of Education said Friday that it would waive mandatory testing requirements.

Warren County Interim Superintendent Melody Sheppard announced Wednesday at a Warren County School Board meeting that the school division will close through April 13, with students returning April 14.

The spread of COVID-19 continues to impact local colleges, forcing the cancellation of commencement ceremonies for Virginia's 23 community colleges.

Shenandoah County Public Schools announced Monday afternoon that its schools will close schools until Monday, April 13, reopening Tuesday, April 14.


FRONT ROYAL – An error led to heartbreak one day and then to tears of happiness the following week for Randolph-Macon Academy senior Citlaly Sosa.

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County Public School Board members on Wednesday awarded a contract to Syntax Communications to run cable in A.S. Rhodes Elementary School.

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County School Board members heard some good news when they were updated on the proposed fiscal year 2021 $61.5 million operating budget at a Wednesday night budget work session.

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Public Schools chief says the division might not need to ask for as much local funding for the next fiscal year as it has in previous years.

WOODSTOCK - Gina Stetter, director of special education for Shenandoah County Public Schools, recently gave a presentation to the School Board about the school division's special education data report to the state about the children served through special education.

MOUNT JACKSON  – Monday is World Teen Mental Health Day and to bring awareness to those in the Shenandoah County Public Schools to "Just Ask," students and administrators on Monday filmed segments with the message to be made into a video.

Members of the Shenandoah County Public School Board heard some good news Thursday night at a budget work session.

The Warren County School Board heard updates on the proposed 2021 fiscal budget during its work session on Wednesday.


FRONT ROYAL – The students of Skyline Middle School got to hear from representatives of various businesses in the Warren County area during a career day presented by Reaching Out Now and Skyline Middle School on Wednesday.

MOUNT JACKSON – Kyla Ritenour, a ninth-grader at Central High School, on Friday gave a talk on the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping to three classes of students of North Fork Middle School.

Lord Fairfax Community College President Kim Blosser was selected by the Aspen Institute to join the 2020-2021 inaugural class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship, a new program designed to support community college presidents at the beginning of their tenure to promote student success.

FRONT ROYAL - The next superintendent for Warren County Public Schools should listen to division employees, remain visible and focus on education, according to recent community survey results.

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County School Board was updated on the ongoing superintendent search and the preliminary 2021 budget during its regular meeting on Wednesday.


WOODSTOCK – A little more than 30 students competed in W.W. Robinson Elementary School's science fair on Wednesday.

Lord Fairfax Community College students specializing in recreation and outdoor leadership studies now have three colleges to transfer to for continued studies.

MIDDLETOWN - Lord Fairfax Community College hosted technologist Gary McGraw on Wednesday night. He spoke of the cutting edge work being done at the Berryville Institute of Machine Learning, which he co-founded a year ago.

WOODSTOCK - The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors and the Shenandoah County Board of Education held a joint meeting Tuesday night to continue the ongoing discussion of the school division's long-term facilities plan.

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County School Board awarded a consulting services contract to Real Synergy LLC for the school division’s superintendent search during a work session on Wednesday.

WOODSTOCK – Superintendent Mark Johnston presented his proposed five-year Capital Improvements Project forecast through 2025 at  Thursday's Shenandoah County School Board meeting.