An increasingly vocal group of parents and teachers are calling on Arlington Public Schools to scrap plans to have most students return to classrooms twice per week.
The current APS “hybrid” plan calls for two cohorts of students each going into school two days per week, while wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. It also allows parents and students to opt for online-only learning.
The Fairfax County, Virginia, Fraternal Order of Police is calling for the resignation of police Chief Ed Roessler over his handling of an incident involving a white police officer who is accused of using a stun gun last month on a Black man who appeared disoriented and noncombative.
Officer Tyler Timberlake is facing three counts of assault and battery for stunning the man, who was rambling and pacing in the street on June 5. Timberlake and other officers on the scene were relieved of duty pending the investigation.
Loudoun County supervisors have begun to stake their ground in the debate over whether to creates a police department to take over law enforcement duties from the sheriff.
All three of the board’s Republicans have already expressed some measure of opposition, citing the unknown costs of the change and criticizing what they say is a rushed process.
The Prince William Education Association [PWEA] sent a letter to the Prince William School Division and the Prince William County School Board, Friday, requesting the year open with a 100% virtual option to protect students and educators.
“The PWEA calls that once we have prepared our students and workforce for effective and equitable virtual learning at the start of the year, we should proceed to a 100% virtual platform to protect students, educators and families from the incredibly serious risks of COVID-19,” said the letter signed PWEA Board of Directors
Richmond’s new police chief on Monday immediately quashed the idea of defunding his department — one of the loudest rallying cries that has emerged from the city’s recent civil unrest — but voiced support for other popular reforms.
Police Chief Gerald Smith said his department needs more money, not less, to achieve the kind of change he believes people are calling for.
The City of Richmond launched a rent and mortgage assistance program on Monday, that will offer relief to immigrant households that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program aims to support city residents who may not be eligible for federal assistance as a result of their non-citizen or mixed immigration status.
The $250,000 program is funded through Open Society Foundations, a New York-based nonprofit that focuses on “justice, democratic governance, and human rights.”
Sheriff’s deputies have taken over round-the-clock security at the Norfolk courthouse after a Virginian-Pilot investigation exposed failures that plagued private security guards for years.
City Manager Chip Filer is recommending the city spend $200,000 to hire four new sheriff’s deputies who would guard the courthouse on nights, weekends and holidays.
An unlikely coalition of Norfolk School Board members banded together Monday to replace the chair and vice chair who led the board during two tumultuous years of bickering and infighting.
Saying she’d lost confidence in Noelle Gabriel’s ability to bring the board together, Adale Martin nominated herself for the job as chairwoman and was backed by three members who’ve been critical of Gabriel’s leadership nearly from the start two years ago.
Portsmouth has closed City Hall for cleaning and delayed a council meeting after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.
The city announced Sunday night that City Hall is closed through Wednesday while crews disinfect the building. Spokeswoman Dana Woodson said it was closed because of the employee’s diagnosis.
Albemarle County says it is no longer obligated to respond to public records requests within a given timeline.
The Board of Supervisors “extended indefinitely” the state-mandated deadlines for responding to Freedom of Information Act requests in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move is alarming to watchdog groups that advocate for open government.
The initiator of a growing change.org petition (http://chng.it/YLCfHDHj) seeking removal of the Confederate battle flag from Culpeper County’s Lenn Park said having to look at the Civil War banner makes her feel sick.
“Do you ever see something that doesn’t sit right with your soul?” asked Culpeper County native Amy Hunter, an African-American wife and mother, in a recent message to the Star-Exponent. “Well, when I see this flag, knowing all it represents, I get a feeling in the pit of my stomach. This flag represents hate—there is no other way around it.”
Franklin County students will likely start the school year with students third grade and older in a virtual classroom, and pre-K through second grade students and certain students who utilize special education services in person daily.
Many citizens who didn’t take part in the July 3 protests in Marion but observed the massive law enforcement response wondered how much it cost taxpayers.
At this point, town officials don’t know.
Last week, Marion Town Manager Bill Rush said, “We are just now beginning to put together that cost analysis. To be sure, it will be several thousand dollars.”