**FILE** Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Courtesy of the governor's office via Twitter)
**FILE** Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Courtesy of the governor's office via Twitter)

The coronavirus pandemic has hampered classroom learning in Virginia to the extent that Gov. Ralph Northam is considering year-round school to make up for lost time.

The governor’s catch-up proposal would take effect in the 2021-22 academic year and includes expanded summer school programs.

“Our children have suffered from COVID-19, as have our families. And one of the things that we’re certainly entertaining is looking at perhaps a year-round schooling,” Northam said during a press conference Wednesday, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Richmond Superintendent Jason Kamras agreed that such a measure might help some students get back on track.

“I do think it is critical to provide additional instruction to our students next year, and a year-round schedule is one way to approach that,” Kamras said during a virtual briefing Thursday, the NBC affiliate reported. “So, we are working on some options for what they would look like specifically and working to build that into our budget proposal for next year.”

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