News to Know for Nov. 18: Chesterfield schools' clarify plans; State’s election results; Cold start to day

News to Know for Nov. 18: Chesterfield schools' clarify plans; State’s election results; Cold start to day
Officials say that if an average of 25 new cases per 100,000 residents is identified within a seven-day period, it would trigger a school closure district-wide. (Source: CMS)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a look at our top headlines before you head out the door.

Cold Start To The Day

Today there will be a cold start with a freeze likely early otherwise sunny and staying chilly.

Highs in the upper 40s.

A brief cold snap, then warm-for-November and dry this weekend

House Fire

When crews arrived at the home on Lochaven Boulevard, they found heavy fire coming out of the house.

It took crews 20 minutes to get the fire under control.

One resident was able to get out the house safely.
One resident was able to get out the house safely. (Source: NBC12)

One person was inside and was able to get out safely.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Contingency Plan For Chesterfield Schools'

Chesterfield County Schools parents got a note Friday night saying the district is closely monitoring the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases across the commonwealth.

Officials say that if an average of 25 new cases per 100,000 residents is identified within a seven-day period, it would trigger a school closure district-wide.

Chesterfield County Public Schools will be providing students meals without charge due to COVID-19 (coronavirus.)
Chesterfield County Public Schools will be providing students meals without charge due to COVID-19 (coronavirus.) (Source: Chesterfield County Public Schools)

That means all students would return to full-time virtual learning, except for Cohort 1 students.

If an increase happens, the school board would hold an emergency meeting to discuss a timeline for a potential return to school.

Trump Fires Top Official

President Trump on Tuesday fired the nation’s top election security official, a widely respected member of his administration who had dared to refute the president’s unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud and vouch for the integrity of the vote.

While abrupt, the dismissal of Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, was not a surprise.

In this May 22, 2019 file photo, Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. “I have confidence that your vote is secure, that state and local election officials across this country are working day in and day out, 24/7, that the 2020 election is as secure as possible,” Krebs said.
In this May 22, 2019 file photo, Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. “I have confidence that your vote is secure, that state and local election officials across this country are working day in and day out, 24/7, that the 2020 election is as secure as possible,” Krebs said. (Source: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Since his loss, Trump has been ridding his administration of officials seen as insufficiently loyal and has been denouncing the conduct of an election that led to a defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.

Certification Of Election Results Delayed

Virginia’s Board of Elections has delayed certifying the state’s election results until later this week to give more time to a voter registrar’s office that had a COVID-19 outbreak.

State officials announced the delay Monday in order to wait for certification from the voter registrar’s office in Richmond.

Voters in suburban Chesterfield County cast their ballots at the Edgewater precinct in 2018, which Trump won in 2016 but Democrats took in the 2017 gubernatorial race and again during the 2020 election.
Voters in suburban Chesterfield County cast their ballots at the Edgewater precinct in 2018, which Trump won in 2016 but Democrats took in the 2017 gubernatorial race and again during the 2020 election. (Source: Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

Richmond General Registrar Kirk Showalter announced last week that COVID-19 cases were discovered there, and said the office will close until Friday out of an abundance of caution.

Police Chase In Hanover

Virginia State Police said a vehicle towing a trailer that had caught on fire led police on a chase in Hanover County on Tuesday evening.

The driver, a 48-year-old man from North Carolina, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Meal Packs For RPS Students

Richmond Public Schools says they are taking pre-orders for five-day meal packs for winter break.

Each pack includes five breakfasts and five lunches.

The deadline to order is Nov. 30. To order, go to the school district’s website or call 804-780-6195.

Final Thought

Love yourself first and everything falls into line - Lucille Ball

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