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Lane promises swift action on granting school waivers

Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane promised swift action Friday on granting waivers as authorized by budget amendments approved by the General Assembly during its April 22 reconvened session.

The waivers will relieve students, teachers and schools of requirements that are impossible to meet with the closure of state schools as a public health measure due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Two of the waivers will allow students in the class of 2020 to graduate on time despite being unable to meet two diploma requirements found in state law.

One requires students to complete training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator. The second requires students to complete a virtual course.

Lane will also waive accreditation for each public school for the 2020-2021 school year. Local school boards are also relieved of the requirements to administer Standards of Learning end-of-course and end-of-grade a...

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