Virginia Board of Education Public Meeting Notice – August 27, 2020

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Virginia Board of Education Public Meeting Notice – August 27, 2020

Pursuant to Chapter 1289 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly, the Virginia Board of Education’s Special Committee to Review the Standards of Accreditation will convene electronically at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 27. The purpose of these meetings is to transact the business statutorily required or necessary to continue the operations of the Board. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus health emergency, the meetings will proceed under modified procedures.

The agenda is available on the Board’s webpage. Oral public comment will not be accepted; however, written public comment is always accepted and may be submitted to the Board’s email address at Pursuant to the Bylaws of the Board of Education, the Board requests that members of the public only address the committee on matters on the committee’s published agenda and any matters added to the agenda during the meeting by the committee.

All meetings are open to the public for viewing. All meetings will be livestreamed on the VDOE YouTube channel at may also view the livestream from the Board’s public meeting webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Webb, Director of Board Relations, at or 804-225-2924.

JLARC’s K-12 Special Education Study and Parent Survey

About JLARC’s K-12 Special Education Study and Parent Survey

Through December 2020, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), the non-partisan research and oversight agency of the Virginia state legislature, is conducting a study of Virginia’s K-12 special education services. In addition to other topics, the study team is reviewing Virginia’s special education identification and eligibility determination processes, inclusion of students with disabilities in academic and extracurricular experiences, IEP development and implementation, and the state’s special education dispute resolution services, such as due process hearings and state complaint services.

As part of this research, JLARC researchers are seeking input from many different stakeholders, including parents of K-12 students with disabilities, special education teachers, representatives of local special education advisory committees, division-level special education administrators, state-level special education administrators, special education staff in other states, and national experts.

To ensure that our researchers are able to obtain input from parents of K-12 students with disabilities across the state—who are key stakeholders for the study—we have developed an online survey. The survey is designed for parents, foster parents, and legal guardians of students who have received K-12 special education services at any time over the past three years.

The survey will be available through Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

In English:

To complete the survey please click this link:

If you have questions, please contact JLARC staff at

En Español:

La encuesta de JLARC para los padres de los alumnos en Virginia que reciben los servicios de educación especial está disponible en español. Para acceder a más información y completar la encuesta, visite

Para preguntas acerca de la encuesta, por favor comuníquese con

If you would prefer to access the survey from JLARC’s website, you can follow this link:

COVID-19 Response Warm Line!

Virginia COPES

New COVID-19 Response Warm Line!   

We are now operating a second Warm Line specifically to support anyone in Virginia struggling with trauma, grief and distress caused by COVID-19. Trained staff provide strength-based support, resilience building strategies and community resources and referrals.

(877) 349-6428

Call or TEXT

No cost. Anonymous.

9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Compassionate, Optimistic, Person-Centered, Empowering, Support

The project is a coordinated effort between the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Mental Health America of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with technical assistance and oversight from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

WHAT’S IN MY IEP? | SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 | 20 Minute Time Slots

PEATC is excited to be providing IEP consultations with students!To help students feel more confident about participating in their IEP meetings and to ensure that their needs, choices, and preferences and what they want to do after high school is accurately reflected in their IEP, PEATC is offering individual consult meetings with students. These consultations will help student participants better understand what is in the IEP and how it relates to achieving their goals and dreams.

WHAT’S IN MY IEP? | SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 | 20 Minute Time SlotsREGISTER:

While parents and guardians are encouraged to listen in, the conversation will be with the student. Only register for one time slot.

VCU-ACE Lunch and Learn 8/27 Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Register on Zoom
As some of you go back to school however that may look, you may need a lunch break to hear some great strategies from Staci Young!  Her Lunch & Learn “When the puzzle starts to fall apart, picking up the pieces during a pandemic” will be sure to help you realize that you are not alone, and validate your feelings while offering some valuable strategies.  

Staci M. Young LPC is the Intensive Community Services Coordinator/ Forensic Coordinator for the Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board and formally held the position of Emergency Service Manager. Staci’s passion is working with individuals and families experiencing psychiatric distress and or in need of psychiatric hospitalization.  In addition to working with individuals, a personal goal of hers is helping first responders maintain their mental health and overall wellness. She serves as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) instructor for the past 10 years and recently joined the Peninsula Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) helping educate and respond to first responders. In addition, Ms. Young has co-taught the civil commitment code at the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice academy for the past 10 years showing the partnership between law enforcement and mental health is key to successful community-based interventions. On a personal note, Staci has a teenage son with high function autism and works hard to advocate for services for her son and others especially in rural areas.

Please register at for this week’s Lunch & Learn!