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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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Task force hears options for ‘reimagining’ school resource officer program

As the group considering the future of the city’s School Resource Officers program explores nuanced approaches to the police’s role, regional experts on Thursday outlined different ways other communities call upon officers. 

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School board gets pushback over vaccinations, as well as policy regarding transgender students

The vaccine requirement protocol and covid testing for unvaccinated school staff also prompted passionate arguments from educators, staff and parents during Tuesday’s school board meeting’s public comment period, as did the recent adoption of a model policy from the Virginia School Board Association regarding treatment of transgender students.

Few and far between, city crossing guards return for another year

“When I was your age, I used to walk to school everyday…uphill…both ways…” the old saying goes. Chances are good, if the person telling you that is over a certain age, at least the first part of that statement is true. According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, “In 1969, 48 percent of children 5 to 14 years of age usually walked or bicycled to school.” By 2009, that number had dropped to 13 percent.

City schools require staff to be vaccinated or face testing

After a debate regarding protection against the spread of Covid, city school board members voted at Tuesday’s meeting to require public school employees to be vaccinated, unless given a religious or medical exemption. 

City students must wear masks in school

Harrisonburg students can expect to start their first day of school on Aug. 17 with their noses and mouths covered once again, as Superintendent Michael Richards announced at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

SRO task force meeting gets a little testy

Representatives from the Harrisonburg Police Department provided their perspective Wednesday night to the Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ task force that’s evaluating the role of school resource officers and were met with a mixture of appreciation, skepticism, support — and some pushback.

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