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Harrisonburg schools to make masks optional for students; Board moves toward naming new high school

Masks will be optional for students in Harrisonburg City Schools starting March 1, Superintendent Michael Richards said Tuesday.

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City schools to keep mask requirement but local districts look ahead to one day lifting them; Plans for high schools’ programming evolve

While the requirement to wear masks in schools will remain in place for the foreseeable future, the Harrisonburg City School Board voted Tuesday night to allow administration officials to explore adopting a path to safely remove the mask mandates — but with some big caveats. 

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Amid ‘stunning surge’ in COVID cases, city shifts meetings back online

The city council approved an emergency declaration Tuesday, sending public meetings back online for at least a month and raising the alarm that the community’s sharp increase in COVID-19 cases will further strain an overstretched health care system. 

Area hospitals brace for Omicron surge’s impact

Hospitals in the Valley are grappling with the Omicron variant surge, which has nearly filled up Augusta Health’s ICU and COVID units and prompted Sentara RMH on Friday to postpone non-essential surgeries.

As new semester begins, JMU COVID protocols remain mostly unchanged

As the omicron variant spreads, JMU says that it will not require boosters for students and faculty, but is prepared change requirements if CDC guidelines change.

COVID shots for children ages 5 to 11 begin at city schools

Nearly 100 middle school students aged 5 to 11 received COVID vaccines Thursday at Thomas Harrison and Skyline middle schools in Harrisonburg, the first day the shots were offered in city schools for young children.

While surge of need recedes from 2020, Blue Ridge food bank remains on alert

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to the organization’s CEO. 

‘There is no need for your student to quarantine at this time’ … or is there?

When someone tests positive for COVID-19 in Harrisonburg City Schools, it starts a chain reaction in which the schools, relying on contact tracing, notify the families of students who might have been exposed or in close contact. But that process isn’t always perfect, as one parent found out.

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