VDOE recognizes RCHS breakfast program

Rappahannock County High School was presented the 2024 Virginia School Breakfast Award by the Virginia Department of Education on Thursday.

RCHS was selected for their reintroduction of Second Chance Breakfast, an opportunity for students who missed before school breakfast to take a brief break after their first period for breakfast.

This saw an increase of 50-60% student participation while combating absenteeism and tardiness.

The cafeteria staff was also recognized for their efforts to reduce sodium and sugar content of breakfasts by offering fresh options that incorporate local produce with inventive menu items like a fruit breakfast pizza, parfaits, and smoothies.

Rappahannock County Elementary School received the same award in 2022.

A VDOE survey found that principals of schools offering similar breakfast options report 66% fewer occurrences of student hunger, 21% fewer absences, and a 9% increase in math and reading scores.

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VDOE approves JMU lab school

The Virginia Board of Education (VDOE) approved James Madison University’s Lab School for Innovation and Career Exploration in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College and
Rockingham County public schools.

The lab school will foster innovation, grant career exposure
to students, and serve as a preprofessional teacher development that sustains JMU’s teacher preparation and licensure efforts.

Governor Youngkin has $100 million funded to lab schools
through the General Assembly.

The VDOE is working with 20 more lab schools of higher education to open in 2024.

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