News to Know for Jan. 12: State of Emergency in Richmond; Chesterfield in-person learning; Vaccines for school employees

News to Know for Jan. 12: State of Emergency in Richmond; Chesterfield in-person learning; Vaccines for school employees
State of Emergency declared in Richmond due to credible threats of potential protests.

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Early Isolated Showers

Isolated early morning rain shower otherwise turning mostly Sunny by midday.

Highs in the low 50s.

Tuesday Forecast: Morning clouds turn to midday and afternoon sun

Missing Richmond Man

Ja’vonte Conyard was reported missing on Sunday from the 5600 block of Melmark Road. He was last seen on Jan. 7 wearing a white shirt, gray sweatpants and black Jordan sneakers.

Police said he does not have a history of running away so his family is concerned.

Richmond police are searching for a missing man who was last seen on Jan. 7.
Richmond police are searching for a missing man who was last seen on Jan. 7. (Source: Richmond Police)

Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective P. Ripley at (804) 646-0423 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

RVA In State Of Emergency

A State of Emergency has been declared in Richmond due to credible threats of planned protest leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Jan. 20.

Flyers are circulating online encouraging armed protests at all 50 state capitols, and Virginia officials say they are monitoring the situation and working across agencies to prepare.

(Source: wvir)

This comes less than a week after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Chesterfield County In-Person Learning

Chesterfield County Public Schools says it plans to recommend that elementary school students be eligible to return to in-person learning starting the first day of the third marking period.

In an email sent to parents and staff on Monday evening, school leaders plan to recommend to the board on Tuesday that all elementary school students be able to return to learning in-person five days a week starting Feb. 1.

(Source: Chesterfield County Public Schools)

Parents who are not comfortable sending their students to the school will have the option to stay virtual.

Henrico & RPS On Vaccine Rollouts

Henrico County Public Schools told its teachers and staff on Monday that the COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available to them as part of the state’s Phase 1b.

The district is working with the Henrico Health Department to make the vaccine available to all employees, which includes PREP employees, part-time employees, temporary employees, Adult Education and others.

Teachers were also told they would be getting an automated survey regarding the vaccine on Monday.

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras says he is in talks with the Virginia Health Department about a timeline for employees in the city and will release more information soon.

The state will soon be transitioning to Phase 1B of vaccine rollouts, which includes essential workers and people who are 75 years of age or older.

Kamras also says all RPS employees are included in Phase 1B.

Hopewell Attempted Drowning

Hopewell Police say a woman attempted to drown a child under the age of one in the Appomattox River Monday morning.

Authorities got a tip a woman was in the freezing cold water with a little child.

Hopewell Police say a woman attempted to drown a child under the age of one in the Appomattox River Monday morning.
Hopewell Police say a woman attempted to drown a child under the age of one in the Appomattox River Monday morning. (Source: NBC12 Viewer)

First responders had to resuscitate the child before they could transport him to the hospital. Police are classifying this as a criminal investigation, so charges may be on the way.

The incident remains under investigation and police are asking anyone with information to call the Hopewell Prince George Crimesolvers hotline in Hopewell at 804-541-2202.

Marijuana Legalization, COVID-19 Relief Session

Virginia lawmakers are set to start this year’s legislative session focused on COVID-19 relief efforts and legalizing marijuana.

The 2021 session will kick off Wednesday, with lawmakers meeting away from the Capitol as the state continues to wrestle with the impacts of a global pandemic that’s shut down schools, closed businesses and left more than 5,000 Virginians dead in the last 10 months, including a state senator.

The House of Delegates plans to meet remotely, while the Senate will meet at a large conference center near the Capitol.

Final Thought

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