Fairfax County Public Schools has been releasing confidential student information for years without the permission from students to do so.
That was the claim made in a story on Special Education Action, a website dedicated to informing parents about their rights in public school systems such as Fairfax particularly in the area of special education. The article, written by the site’s editor Callie Oettinger, discusses how the school system may have violated rules under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Local crime dipped in most categories in 2020, and criminal incidents continue to be steady through the first six months of 2021. But the overall crime rate ticked upward last year amid an increase in property crimes and some violent offenses, according to police Chief Peter Newsham and the county’s recently released annual crime report.
The students in Autumn Stinnett’s summer school class of rising second-graders keep their masks on as they sit at spaced-out desks with plastic barriers surrounding them in Room 10 of Henrico County’s Skipwith Elementary School.
As Stinnett does reading exercises with a group of students at a crescent-shaped table in the front of the room, the remaining students are tasked with writing a sentence about a friend.
After plans for establishing a police civilian review board in Henrico County recently stalled, a handful of residents advocated at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting for creating such an oversight body.
In May, Supervisor Tyrone Nelson, who is one of two Black members of the Board of Supervisors, pumped the brakes on establishing an oversight board after running into resistance from his colleagues.
Hopewell City Public Schools has become the first school division in Virginia to implement year-round school districtwide, which prompted state officials to sing praises to the district.
Gov. Ralph Northam, along with Virginia first lady Pam Northam, visited Hopewell on Monday and congratulated the district and its students on their first day of school.
In a couple weeks, the Virginia Beach City Council will appoint someone to temporary fill the Kempsville district seat vacated earlier this month by Jessica Abbott. But what will happen after that remains to be determined.
Abbott, 32, resigned July 2, citing medical concerns. Her colleagues hoped to fill the seat through a special election this November. However, a court determined in March that the way Virginia Beach elects City Council leaders is illegal and discriminatory.
Newport News launched a program last week that makes it one of the first cities in the state to use mental health professionals as first responders — rather than police — for nonviolent mental health crisis calls. The Community Assistance Response program, called CARE, places trained paramedics and mental health professionals at the forefront of calls for service when a person is having a crisis. Police will also respond to the call but stage at a distance.
To mask, or not to mask, that is the question on the minds of Clarke County Public Schools (CCPS) officials as they prepare for a new academic year.
The Clarke County School Board will be presented a draft back-to-school plan for consideration during its Aug. 9 work session.
Whether to require children and/or adults to wear face coverings inside school buildings — as the COVID-19 pandemic continues — will be “the big issue we have to decide on,” CCPS Superintendent Chuck Bishop told the board Monday night.
The Front Royal Town Council shot down a proposed ordinance on Monday aimed at protecting unvaccinated workers.
Council members voted 3-2 against a motion to adopt an emergency ordinance enacting a new town code chapter that prohibited employers in the Front Royal corporate limits from firing employees who do not receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Three of the top five leaders of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee have resigned in recent days, at least one saying his situation is based, at least in part, due to the indictment of party Vice Chair and City Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr.
After Chairwoman Beth Deel and Secretary Barbara Andes quit, Treasurer Luke Priddy said he was nominated to succeed Deel. After thinking it over, he said he declined the nomination and resigned.
Two more Roanoke Valley school divisions on Tuesday announced they will not require students to wear masks indoors in the new school year, but are recommending that unvaccinated individuals, which would include all children under the age of 12, continue to do so.
Botetourt and Roanoke County public schools both have stepped away from mandating masks now that an order of the state health commissioner requiring their use in schools expired Sunday.
The effects of relaxed marijuana laws will not be trickling down to even federally funded ventures in the Commonwealth.
Marijuana usage will not be allowed in public housing that is managed by the City of Roanoke’s Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
The unanimous decision by the Board of Commissioners involved all eight members who voted to ban the use, consumption, or possession of marijuana. Medical marijuana is also not permitted.
The only real sticking point with reversion between Martinsville and Henry County is not what it will be, but when it will start.
“We’ve signed the memorandum of understanding, and we’ve been exchanging documents, and while the settlement agreement is being reviewed by staff, it has not been completed,” Henry County Attorney George Lyle told the Henry County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday afternoon. “The plan is to have it submitted to the Commission on Local Governments in the early part of August.”