Chronic Absenteeism Task Force

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Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the Chronic Absenteeism Task Force, a key pillar of the comprehensive ALL IN VA plan to accelerate the learning loss recovery by addressing Attendance, Literacy and Learning. The Task Force, in response to a near doubling of chronic absenteeism in Virginia classrooms resulting from extended pandemic closure of schools, will develop resources and distribute action plans for school divisions to address the record-high student absenteeism rates across the Commonwealth. 


  • Dr. Keith Perrigan, Washington County Public Schools Superintendent and President of the Coalition of Small and Rural Schools of Virginia 
  • Dr. Michelle Mitchell, Newport News City Public Schools Superintendent 
  • Dr. Doug Straley, Louisa County Public Schools Superintendent 
  • Dr. Clint Mitchell, Colonial Beach Public Schools Superintendent 
  • Dr. Chip Jones, Cumberland County Public Schools Superintendent 
  • Scott Vermillion, Gate City High School Principal 
  • Chris Johnson, Prince George County Public Schools Governing Board Member 
  • Dr. Faith Mabe, Washington-Lee Elementary School Principal 
  • Tian Olson, Parent 
  • Marco Callender, YMCA of Greater Richmond Executive Director 
  • Dr. Sandy Chung, American Academy of Pediatrics President and Trusted Doctors CEO 

Meeting Dates

All meetings are open to the public and will be livestreamed on the VDOE YouTube channel.

March 26, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

December 5, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

November 21, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

November 7, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

October 24, 4:30 - 6 p.m.