Author: Bridget Manley

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Service dogs (and miniature horses) have their own policies in city schools

The Harrisonburg School Board is continuing to work on its policies allowing various animals, including service and therapy animals, in school buildings. 

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City schools to shave an hour from their days starting Oct. 4; TikTok-inspired vandalism hits school bathrooms

Harrisonburg City Schools will shorten the school instructional day for all students by one hour beginning Oct. 4 to help relieve city teachers who are stressed under the weight of exhausting work hours and a lack of proper planning periods.  

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New academic year barrels ahead into uncertainty

As COVID-19 cases again sharply rise across the Valley, and the Delta variant tests even the best-laid back-to-school plans, local school systems and universities are navigating new waters. 

For transgender students, proposed policies are about dignity

More than a year after the state required local school boards to adopt policies protecting transgender students against discrimination, the Rockingham County School Board is still trying to figure out how to implement those policies. But for transgender students who attend Rockingham County schools, the quest to be treated equally has been painful. 

New archaeology center aims to dig through the Valley’s past

nt years, Nash and her team uncovered that the Thomas Harrison House in downtown Harrisonburg was never inhabited by Thomas Harrison at all. She was also called on to talk about the lost history of razed buildings in January of 2020, when city officials considered the idea of demolishing the Denton building. 

Campus newspaper’s year-long quest for more JMU Covid data leads to court

According to court papers filed by James Madison University, it was not tracking COVID numbers in any kind of database during the largest peak of positive COVID-19 cases on campus at the start of the fall 2020 semester. That information came to light during a hearing between Jake Conley, editor-in-chief of The Breeze and an attorney representing JMU in Rockingham County Circuit Court on Thursday morning.

Art marks the spot. New guide offers insight into Hburg’s creative side.

Statues and mosaics around public buildings and murals on the walls of downtown restaurants are part of the artistic lifeblood of Harrisonburg. 

JMU says more than 70% of fall semester students have shown proof of COVID vaccination

Even as it continues to collect vaccination records from students, James Madison University said this week that more than 70% of those enrolled for the fall semester have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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