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Orange County middle school declines to release attendance during pandemic, compare to 2019

Related Articles: COVID-19 pressures Orange schools to increase routes COVID has made rural schools suddenly responsible for getting internet to kids in remote, unserved areas While Renee Bourke, principal of Prospects Heights Middle School in Orange County, agreed to run a report comparing this year’s attendance so far to last year’s, she later declined to […]

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NAACP, Health District plan COVID vaccine outreach to communities of color

The Thomas Jefferson Health District couldn’t provide information on the racial makeup of its staff assisting minority communities amid the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, citing that such information is not released by the state.  But the Health District has been in discussions with the Virginia Department Health’s central office about how to capture that […]

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Racism in healthcare: Is building trust amid COVID-19 vaccine rollout attainable for Black Charlottesville? 

Sheleigha Early said she has reservations about the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available to the general public for a few reasons, including the historical context of the Black community being used as experiments.  “I’m wary of it,” said Early, who lives in Charlottesville. Referring to the Tuskegee Experiment, in which Black males were subjected […]

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Will city public school students return to in-person learning in January? 

Related Articles: More than 200 immigrant families identified as needing assistance with virtual learning Without clear details, Charlottesville parents stress deciding on January reopening was difficult  Health District OK with reopening Charlottesville schools prior to January  The Charlottesville City School Board likely will make a big decision at Wednesday’s work session.  Superintendent Rosa Atkins is […]

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In rural Albemarle County, mother of four worries how children would complete work as division suddenly moves learning online 

After Albemarle County Public Schools on Tuesday said instruction starting next week temporarily would be virtual-only, Sally Duncan, a mother of four, said she worries about internet connectivity because she lives in an area where only two people at a time can be on Zoom. “It’s usually pretty slow if two people are on,” Duncan said, […]

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How would a COVID-19 outbreak be handled in a school building? 

Related Articles: City school division seeks approval for online-only for first quarter School divisions reopening plans differ in how they will handle special needs students While a COVID-19 outbreak could be identified in a school building, health experts still won’t necessarily recommend school officials to shut down the building.  The threshold for declaring an outbreak […]

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Health District backs up Charlottesville schools’ proposed January reopening despite expected increase in COVID-19 cases 

Although the area is expecting an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Thomas Jefferson Health District has indicated support for Charlottesville City Schools’ plan to resume in-person education in January. There have been no outbreaks in the schools served by the Health District, said Ryan McKay, a TJHD senior policy analyst, describing the ways that local […]

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How Black Lives Matter inspired Albemarle students to launch a website 

Related Articles: Health District OK with reopening Charlottesville schools prior to January  In split vote, Albemarle School Board expands in-person learning County Schools expect fewer students to enroll. Will there be a big financial blow? When Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets across the nation earlier this year to demand change in social […]

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Without clear details, Charlottesville parents stress deciding on January reopening was difficult 

While some Charlottesville parents praised Charlottesville City Schools for its survey — or intent form for the proposed January  reopening plans —some had mixed feelings about a major question.  They had to choose whether to send their children physically to school in January. If they decide to stay virtual, they have to stick to their […]