News to Know for Dec. 8: RPS decision; New contact tracing; VMI removes Stonewall statue; Ukrops opens

News to Know for Dec. 8: RPS decision; New contact tracing; VMI removes Stonewall statue; Ukrops opens
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a glimpse at our top headlines before you head out the door.

Sunny and Chilly

A cold, sunny Tuesday as a calm pattern holds for the rest of the workweek.

Lows will be in the mid to upper 20s, highs in the mid-40s.

Sunny and chilly with a gradual warmup for the rest of the week

RPS Remains Virtual

School leaders at Richmond Public Schools (RPS) voted to stay completely virtual for the second semester Monday night.

Superintendent Jason Kamras said the decision wasn’t easy.

Richmond Public Schools unveiled a new logo in 2020.
Richmond Public Schools unveiled a new logo in 2020. (Source: Richmond Public Schools)

“This is one of the most heartbreaking recommendations I’ve ever made for you and likely will make,” he said.

But it comes down to numbers, and Kamras previously cited growing cases in the area in his recommendation to stay fully virtual.

Hanover County To Decide On Second Semester

School leaders in Hanover County will be discussing plans for the second semester during a school board meeting.

Families were given the choice a few weeks ago to change their learning method for the second semester.

The school board meeting on what to do for the second semester will be held on Dec. 8.

New Contact Tracing

Virginia’s Department of Health Monday put out some new guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing.

VDH also announced new contact tracing prioritization because of substantial levels of community transmission.

The University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine is expanding COVID-19 testing, but is also conducting important research that will help our understanding of the virus.
The University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine is expanding COVID-19 testing, but is also conducting important research that will help our understanding of the virus. (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

That includes focusing on those living or working in congregate living facilities such as prisons or nursing homes.

You can get more details on the new guidelines and prioritization here.

VMI Statue Removal

The Virginia Military Institute has begun work to remove a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

A crew is inspecting the statue at the public military college in Lexington, where allegations of systemic racism roiled the campus this fall.

Stonewall Jackson statue at Virginia Military Institute.
Stonewall Jackson statue at Virginia Military Institute. (Source: WDBJ)

Until several years ago, some cadets were required to salute the Confederate statue.

VMI’s board voted to remove it after The Washington Post published a story describing an “atmosphere of hostility and cultural insensitivity.”

Ukrops Market Opens Today!

Ukrop’s fans get ready - the company’s new Market Hall is set to open on Tuesday, Dec. 8!

Ukrop’s repurposed the Bon Air Baptist Church’s Village Campus at the corner of Horsepen and Patterson.

Ukrop’s Market Hall will have 5 unique locations.
Ukrop’s Market Hall will have 5 unique locations. (Source: Ukrop’s)

It will not be a grocery store, but a place to get some Ukrop’s favorites like fried chicken, potato wedges and pizza.

Doors will open at 11 a.m.

Final Thought

You must remember never to cease to act because you fear you may fail - Queen Lili’uokalani

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