RICHMOND, V. (WHSV) — The Virginia Department of Education is planning to put millions of dollars from the CARES Act toward helping schools start to get back to normal from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane, the department will use the $23.9 million set aside for the commonwealth from the CARES Act to help schools support vulnerable students, make up missed instruction, and protect the health and well-being of students and staff throughout the three stages of Governor Northam’s school reopening plan.

“We have had extensive conversations with school divisions since the closure in mid-March to identify their most pressing needs and the areas where help from the state is most needed to reopen schools safely in accordance with the

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