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Public school staff may not need to use personal sick days if taking leave related to COVID-19

Days before one of her children became ill with COVID-19, Charlottesville City Schools teacher Shannon Gillikin emailed human resources to inquire about leave policy related to the virus. At the time, she was informed she and other staff would need to use their regular sick days should the need to quarantine arise.  “I reached out […]

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Local health officials weigh in on how to talk to friends and family about their vaccination status

Just as the COVID-19 virus continues to mutate into new variants, health officials continue to encourage safety measures and vaccinations. Not everyone, however, is enthusiastic about getting their shot.  According to recent Virginia Department of Health data, 98% of COVID cases are from unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people, and of current hospitalized cases, 97% […]

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Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board approves pending ordinance granting powers outlined in new state law, adopts hearing procedures

Charlottesville’s Police Civilian Review Board voted on hearing procedures for filed complaints along with an ordinance that could use extensions of power granted by new state law that took effect last month. The next step for the ordinance is approval by the City Council. But the latest draft was not available online at the time […]

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Charlottesville City to discourage large gatherings during Aug. 12 anniversary

What once was a day of tragedy for Charlottesville has become a day of reclaiming space in recent years. Then a pandemic happened. With the fourth anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right rally approaching on Aug. 12, city officials caution planned gatherings and events amid the current state of emergency to reduce the spread […]

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Albemarle nears firearms ban on county property, draws protest

Ahead of Wednesday’s Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting, a crowd of more than 100 gathered outside the County Office Building on McIntire Road to rally against a proposed gun ordinance that would prohibit the carrying of guns, ammunition or parts in public parks, buildings and recreation centers owned by the county. Steve Harvey, a 2022 […]

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ACPS to host virtual information session on proposed policy to protect transgender students

Ahead of the upcoming academic year, Albemarle County Public Schools could have a policy in place to protect transgender and nonbinary students. The policy, which will place the county within compliance of new state law, will be outlined in a virtual information session on July 28, and could be voted on formally by the school […]

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What could happen to Charlottesville’s Confederate monuments? Here’s where 29 others in Virginia ended up.

Surrounded by cornfields on a small piece of private land in southeastern Virginia, a group of men are erecting a familiar-looking statue. At its base is a stone that reads “Confederate Dead.” At the top, a Confederate soldier.  The monument was moved to this site in May from the Isle of Wight County Courthouse lawn, […]

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Sacajawea, Lewis, and Clark statue comes down

*The family of Sacajawea spells her name with a “j” instead of a “g”As the crowd dissipated from Court Square, where people witnessed the removal of the Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson monument and — earlier in the morning — fellow Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, the Charlottesville City Council convened virtually in an emergency […]

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Charlottesville’s Confederate statues removed

Zyahna Bryant’s words have moved tons of bronze. The statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson astride horses were plucked from their perches in downtown Charlottesville early Saturday morning and hauled off by truck to an undisclosed storage location. Their heavy stone bases will remain in Market Street and Court Square […]