News to Know for Sept. 15: School reopens after COVID closure; RPS child care program stalled; VCU could rename Confederate buildings; Best weather of week

News to Know for Sept. 15: School reopens after COVID closure; RPS child care program stalled; VCU could rename Confederate buildings; Best weather of week
The recommendations for name changes include McGuire Hall, Baruch Auditorium, the Ginter House, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chapel, the Tompkins-McCaw Library and the Wood Memorial Building. (Source: NBC12)

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Best Weather Day of Week

Crisp Autumn air is here with temperatures below average

We’re still tracking Hurricane Sally, but right now it appears remnants will stay south of Virginia.

Breaking Overnight

Police are investigating after a person was shot in Henrico’s west end in a neighborhood behind Parham Doctor’s Hospital.

Crime scene after shooting in Henrico
Crime scene after shooting in Henrico (Source: NBC12)

We don’t yet know the extent of the victim’s injuries or if there are any suspects.

School Reopens After COVID Closure

Liberty Middle School students in Hanover are back in the classroom today after a closure when three of their employees tested positive for coronavirus.

Hanover middle school reopening Tuesday after 3 employees tested positive for COVID-19

LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL BACK OPEN: Students will have a staggered arrival today as they head to in-person learning. It’s the first time they’ll be back in the classroom as the school was temporarily closed after three employees tested positive for COVID-19 >> https://bit.ly/3iyIj7V Emily Harrison NBC12 has details.

Posted by NBC12 on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

School officials are asking students and parents to follow their rules and to take sanitation seriously. They will also be distancing students a little more by staggering start times.

Face masks are required at all times on school property for parents and students, with the exception of eating or drinking.

Students Quarantined

The district says that a member of the North Elementary School community tested positive, but we do not know if it was a teacher or a student. Schools there began a mix of in-person and virtual learning a week ago.

What About Chesterfield?

The district made a big decision to bring kids back into the classroom, with the earliest start date being Sept. 29. Under this plan, students will return in four cohorts.

Chesterfield Students will return to learning in person in 4 cohorts.
Chesterfield Students will return to learning in person in 4 cohorts. (Source: CCPS)

Face-to-face learning will resume, mainly for a portion of special needs students in all grade levels. And under the current plan, Nov. 9 would be the earliest all grade levels could return, but it would only be for 2 days a week.

Chesterfield Schools to move forward with phased return to in-person learning

NOW: Chesterfield Public Schools will start sending students back to school in-person, starting Sept. 29 >> https://bit.ly/2ZHiMSC ~Kelly Avellino NBC12

Posted by NBC12 on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Virtual learning on the other days would still continue.

RPS Child Care Program Stalled

The emergency child care program that could happen in five school buildings is apparently stalled after what appears to be some miscommunication on how to handle it.

Richmond’s city attorney recommended that RPS make deals with the YMCA and Richmond Behavioral Health Association without getting the city involved - similar to what nearby counties are doing.

Some school board members were upset, saying the city should be part of this. They plan to discuss the issue again during their meeting next Monday.

COVID-19 Check-In

The Virginia Department of Health reported 757 more cases yesterday along with 19 additional deaths. The testing positivity rate dropped to 7.2 percent.

Today, Governor Northam is set to provide another coronavirus press briefing. It’s at 2 p.m. You can watch it live on NBC12 or on our digital platforms.

VCU Could Rename Confederate Buildings

The university’s president is recommending several buildings on campus be renamed due to the namesakes' ties to the Confederacy.

That includes McGuire Hall, Baruch Auditorium, the Ginter House, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chapel, the Tompkins-McCaw Library and the Wood Memorial Building.

VCU’s board of visitors will hear the recommendations this week - they have the final say.

A ‘Re-Imagined’ Macy’s Parade

A Thanksgiving tradition will be a lot different this year, and you can thank the coronavirus pandemic for that. Of course, if you’re used to watching from home, not much will change in your viewing pattern.

New York City’s mayor made the announcement yesterday morning but few details were released.

The parade started 94 years ago when Betty White wasn’t even 4 years old!

Final Thought

“If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” - Maya Angelou

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