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Virginia rally focuses on safe return to school

Posted at 8:13 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 08:13:06-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Teachers and advocates from around the state planned to rally around the Virginia State Capitol Monday morning to demand schools reopen classrooms to students only when it's safe to do so.

The Demand Safe Schools Motor March put on by the Virginia Educators United, called on people to rally in their cars with educators to advocate for full distance learning reopening plans.

They planned to begin at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School at 10 a.m., then make their way to the Virginia Department of Education, pass by the Virginia State Capitol, and the John Marshall Courthouse -- all while honking their horns.

Ralliers were told to decorate their vehicles, wear their masks, and best Red4Ed.

Public schools in the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield and Henrico will begin the school year with virtual learning.

Public schools in Hanover County, Goochland County and the city of Colonial Heights plan to give parents the option of whether or not to send their children back to school to learn in classrooms or stay home and learn in a virtual classroom setting.