Claire graduated from Rappahannock County High School and aged out of the Starfish program in 2020, but she and Levick still keep in touch regularly. With encouragement from Levick, who made her career as a nurse, Claire is now studying at community college to become a paramedic.
Part 3 of 3: Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go — and Rappahannock County Public Schools are pairing up with Businesses of Rappahannock to help teachers and staff check holiday shopping off their to-do lists.
With a major snowstorm looming, Rappahannock County Public Schools has gone ahead and announced this afternoon that they will be closed on both Wednesday and Thursday. All extracurricular activities as well as remote learning activities have been canceled for both snow days.
The Rappahannock County School Board convened for its last meeting of the year on Tuesday, finalizing plans to reintroduce four-day-a-week instruction for kindergarten and first grade starting in January.
The Rappahannock Food Pantry is one of the many organizations the Wakefield Country Day School Leo Club partners with throughout the year. Collecting almost 1,000 pounds of food again this year, Leo Club President Owen Schuster helped to load and unload the haul on a recent brisk morning.
Two local non-profit organizations, unified by similar missions to promote inclusion by providing opportunities for all youth, teamed up last Saturday to offer a free, basic horsemanship clinic.
While school settings remain among the safest large congregate settings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, starting today Rappahannock County Public Schools are implementing “more stringent” precautions in light of a current uptick of coronavirus cases in the county.
Welby Lynn Griffin, chair of the Wakefield Country Day School Board of Directors, is seeking to put “to rest any anxieties about what lies ahead” following last week’s abrupt resignation of Head of School Patrick Finn, who had held the top post for only a few months.
Radiological Technician (Virginia Limited License) and Medical Billing are the two newest Rappahannock Center for Education (RappCE) classes to be offered in 2021.
“I’ve waited my whole life for this year that everyone has said would be the best year of high school,” Olivia Scheulen said, “and it’s definitely not.”
There’s good news for student athletes and fans of the Rappahannock County Panthers this week. At the regular School Board meeting on Tuesday night, the board heard updates on high school athletics in preparation for the beginning of the winter sports season.
Students aren’t the only ones going to class remotely anymore. According to a Rappahannock parent who wished to remain anonymous, three Rappahannock County Elementary School teachers have been asked to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 — and some of them are connecting to their in-perso…
On the heels of Rappahannock County High School Principal Jimmy Swindler searching for ways to reduce an estimated 44 percent of students currently failing due to incomplete or late work, it was announced this week that an elementary school staffer has tested positive for the coronavirus.
RICHMOND — A growing number of Virginia colleges are announcing that spring break will be canceled or modified in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
In an email to Rappahannock County High School teachers, Principal Jimmy Swindler called for an all-hands-on-deck effort to “as legitimately as we can reduce the number of failing grades.”
In a survey sent out to both parents and teachers, respondents were asked to weigh in on the decision. The majority of both parents and teachers favored the return to in-person lessons. Dr. Grimsley shared comments from teachers as well as parents.
At their regular meeting on Tuesday night, the Rappahannock County School Board unanimously decided to move forward with a plan to resume in-person classes, which for some lower grades would begin on Jan. 5.
During his visit last Thursday, US Assistant Secretary of Education Frank Brogan applauded Rappahannock County Public Schools for being “probably the northernmost schools in the state of Virginia that are reopened in a traditional model.”
RICHMOND — There are no dodgeball games, cookouts or other rushing events at Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus in Richmond, but fraternities and sororities are still recruiting new brothers and sisters.
RICHMOND — Social isolation due to the coronavirus has become a stressor for many college students across Virginia, who report that studying is more difficult and their mental health is suffering.
RICHMOND — An effort to require Virginia school districts provide in-person classes to students with poor internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic is most likely dead.
Having overcome daunting multi-layered obstacles during the course of the past year perhaps it’s not too surprising that Wakefield Country Day School hasn’t let the unprecedented pandemic stop its forward momentum.
Rappahannock County Public Schools Wellness Center Grants Project Coordinator Susan Stoltzman delivered a status update to the School Board Tuesday night on funding for the school’s planned wellness center, including the search for a “medical arm.”
It didn’t take long for Rappahannock County Public School officials to confirm the first case of COVID-19 at the high school.
RICHMOND — Virginia college students returning to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic have been equipped with masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Now, many also have coronavirus testing data available at their fingertips.
At two private schools in Rappahannock County, faculty and staff are preparing themselves to teach classes five days a week starting Wednesday, Aug. 26.
With school about to reopen, many parents are in need of child care for the days when their children are remote learning and then, if they’re able to find it, needing to scrape together the money to pay for an expense they hadn’t planned for.