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Here’s what’s behind the proposed new school times — and why some families are concerned

The Harrisonburg City School Board is considering new start and end times for schools, and the potential changes aren’t going over well with some parents. 

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Rockingham school board deviates from its own book challenge process with temporary ban

In the days after the newly instated Rockingham County Board of Education made two decisions Monday, many teachers, parents and students found themselves in the crosshairs of culture wars, as teachers are now required to remove certain books and report student nicknames.

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‘Their actions are hurting us’: How HHS students have turned up their advocacy against critics  

Ellie Tjaden, Lee Jenkins and Finn Maddox, students at Harrisonburg High School and members of the Gay-Straight Alliance, have weathered COVID shutdowns, masking and remote learning as part of their high school experience. But they have also experienced another strange phenomenon. 

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School board candidates make their differences clear over parents’ concerns

As it has in school board races across the country, the notion of parental rights served as a key distinction among the five Harrisonburg school board candidates, who faced one another Wednesday in the campaign’s only forum.

‘Pushing parents out’ or ‘misinformation’? Lawsuit against schools comes after months of back-and-forth

A lawsuit filed last week against the Harrisonburg School Board came after months of correspondence between the national organization representing the six local plaintiffs and school officials over the district’s policies regarding transgender students. 

‘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.

Board approves younger students’ return to school as early as March

Preschoolers through 2nd grade students — as well as 6th graders — could be back in classrooms as soon as March 22, as the Harrisonburg School Board voted unanimously in Tuesday’s meeting to approve a revised reopening plan.

Hey Elderly Aunt, how do I convince my parents that I have a plan to chase my dreams?

I’ve always wanted to open a new business … But at some point, I’m going to have to quit my current job to launch and make it work. I’ve told my parents about it, and they think I’d be silly and reckless to do that with COVID still going on. What could I do or tell them to show them I’m not being reckless?

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