Northern Virginia schools are planning for the overwhelming majority of their students to return for in-person classes five days a week this fall — and some districts are willing to forgo social distancing to accomplish it.
In school board meetings this week, the superintendents of Arlington Public Schools and Alexandria City Public Schools both said their divisions will not be able to maintain three feet of social distance in classrooms next year, as is now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Over a year ago, firefighter EMT recruit Brett Ahern alleged extreme bullying and hazing at the hands of one firefighter who was an instructor with the Arlington County Fire Department’s Training Academy.
“He went out of his way to make a spectacle out of me and that usually wasn’t done with other recruits, at least not as brazenly as it was with me,” he said.
Lawyers for the Prince William County Public Schools superintendent explored a settlement in a defamation case by the former chair of the School Board, but are still inching toward trial. In documents filed in Prince William County Circuit Court in late March, attorneys for Superintendent Steven Walts said they had explored “whether settlement discussions would be fruitful” with former board chair Ryan Sawyers.
Eight weapons have been found “in and around” the 19th Street municipal parking lots at the Oceanfront in the past two weeks, the police confirmed on Friday afternoon after The Virginian-Pilot inquired about it.
“As a matter of protecting the public, any weapons found abandoned in public are taken into evidence,” Virginia Beach Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Cragg wrote in an email.
Chesapeake police are investigating School Board Chairwoman Victoria Proffitt’s collection of unemployment benefits while serving in her elected role, a search warrant affidavit filed in court shows. In February, a Chesapeake detective obtained a search warrant for Proffitt’s contracts, documents and pay records from Tidewater Community College, where she had worked as an adjunct math professor since 2015.
A $15-per-vehicle fee proposed by Stafford supervisors last month to allow visitors access to either of the county’s two beach parks during the summer months has been deferred indefinitely, meaning access to those parks will remain free.
On Tuesday, supervisors voted 5–2 not to charge a fee at either Aquia Landing or the Historic Port of Falmouth, with Supervisors Mark Dudenhefer and Gary Snellings opposing the measure.
For more than a century, the King George County base has been the place where the Navy developed and tested the most powerful weapons used by warships on the high seas.
Naval Support Facility Dahlgren also has recently become home to a small group that keeps its eye on military satellites—and other objects—in the sky. That’s the 18th Space Control Squadron, Detachment One, which is part of the U.S. Space Force, the sixth branch of the Armed Forces that focuses entirely on the great beyond.
About one-fifth of Black families in the Albemarle County school division who weighed in on a recent survey want to stay virtual for the coming school year, compared with 6% of white families, according to results released this week.For the coming academic year, the division is planning to offer a full-time in-person option along with an all-virtual school, schools Superintendent Matt Haas announced last month.
Charlottesville wouldn’t be Charlottesville without its trees. When the city adopted a Tree Conservation Ordinance in 2013 to allow special protected status for certain trees, it was an acknowledgment of all their many benefits: beauty, history, a sense of place, and all the “ecosystem services” that trees provide for free. . . . The ordinance has previously been used to protect only 11 trees, but in early April, City Council used it to designate six more—individuals, all on public land, that are now protected from removal unless council specifically authorizes it.