COVID-19 Information

When:  August 27, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Join Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, the Virginia PTA, and the Virginia Latino Advisory Board on August 27 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a virtual town hall discussion about the community of support and services available to help Virginia's Latinx community prepare for the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and upcoming school year. The town hall will be moderated by Secretary Qarni and simulcast in English and Spanish.

Los invitamos a una reunión con el secretario de educación, el senior Atif Qarni, la PTA de Virginia, y Virginia Latino Advisory Board el 27 de agosto desde las 7 p.m. hasta las 8.30 p.m., para un ayuntamiento en línea, acerca de la comunidad de apoyo y servicios disponibles para ayudar a que la comunidad latina de Virginia se prepare para los desafíos de la pandemia de la Covid-19 y del año escolar que se aproxima. La reunión será dirigida por el secretario Qarni y transmitida simultáneamente en inglés y español.

Building a Community of Support for English Learner Families Webinar Registration

1 in 10 Virginians struggle with hunger. If you are struggling to feed yourself or your family, the Department of Social Services offers several food assistance programs that can help.  

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) gives eligible households a debit card that can be used like cash to buy food items from authorized stores. Eligibility is determined by family size and household income. Click here to learn more about SNAP benefits, or use the Virginia CommonHelp application to apply online.  

The Department of Social Services also partners with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, an organization that distributes 120 million pounds of food each year to agencies that serve hungry Virginians. The organization offers children safe places to have a meal and provides emergency assistance to disaster victims. Visit their website to find a food bank near you or to learn more about their services. 

Get Support

Virginia Medicaid is always accepting applications. Click here to learn if you are eligible for Medicaid/FAMIS health insurance. 


Throughout December 2020, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), the non-partisan research and oversight agency of the Virginia State LegisJoint Legislative Audit and Review Commission's (JLARC’s) K-12 Special Education Study and Parent Surveylature, 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, Individualized Education Program (IEP) development and implementation, and the state's special education dispute resolution services, such as due process hearings and state complaint services.

Survey in English

Encuesta en Español

For more information, please visit JLARC's website.

Created by Formed Families Forward

Designed for family members, this ten minute video explains the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) and offers concrete tips and strategies to engage with school partners more effectively. The video features family members and school staff from around Virginia, sharing their own lived experiences and suggestions for building stronger connections between families and educators to improve outcomes for all students.  A fact sheet accompanies the video.

Family Engagement with Schools Video and Materials


The Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) English Learner Instruction Program will offer a new series of webinars geared to support families as they prepare for the upcoming school year, specifically supporting learning at home. 

The links below are for the respective Zoom sessions: 

No registration is required; families join live.