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.
In the face of Omicron, city schools aim to stay in person; High school to open new modular building
Acknowledging the surge of the Omicron variant, Superintendent Michael Richards said at this year’s first Harrisonburg School Board meeting Tuesday night that the district is “well prepared” to continue in-person learning.
Trails, trees and vaccination news mark 2021. What will 2022 bring?
If the list of The Citizen’s most-read stories of 2021 tells us anything about the last year, it’s that people were eager for information about the outdoors. Trails and trees were big attractions.
Rockingham Schools superintendent seeks to quell concerns over student survey
After hearing some concerns from parents and grandparents of children in the Rockingham County Public Schools, Superintendent Oskar Scheikl on Monday sought to clear the air regarding a youth data survey going out to middle and high schoolers, as well as continuing objections to policies regarding transgender students.
Sentara’s dashboard offers a glimpse into some data the public rarely sees
When Doug Moyer, president and CEO of Sentara RMH, unveiled the medical center’s new COVID-19 hospitalization dashboard at a rare press conference Monday, he made an urgent plea to the community to get vaccinated and keep down the number of COVID-19 patients. The dashboard, which reports some hospital occupancy data, shows some key numbers, but it’s not as extensive as the data Sentara RMH has to report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Rockingham schools to stick to neutral turf for future meetings to avoid mask issues
Speaking to an audience of about 30 in the Rockingham County Administrative Offices on Monday, the county’s schools’ superintendent said future school board meetings would meet in similar non-school venues to help diffuse tension about masks.
Downtown events will proceed as planned, but not without some hand-wringing
Underscoring how covid-19 continues to complicate even routine approvals of event permits, Harrisonburg city council members engaged in a back-and-forth over whether to regulate upcoming outdoor events — and if so how.
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.