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Harrisonburg City Public Schools Superintendent Michael Richards does not intend to recommend to the School Board that the division open in-person learning to more students at this time due to the elevated number of COVID-19 cases in the area, according to a letter sent to parents this week. 

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Twinkling lights and tapestries, sparkling wine and a lifetime’s worth of memories. Formal is just one of several events canceled this year for university Greek life members, but for graduating seniors, the party is an unforgettable mirage of laughter, dancing and joy, lost forever by the pandemic.

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For the past two and a half weeks, Rockingham County Public Schools students have, for the most part, been learning virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Only the school division’s youngest and most academically vulnerable students have been in the classroom.

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Virginia employers created 68,000 jobs in August as the economy attempted to rebuild itself, said Joe Mengedoth, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, citing Virginia Employment Commission data.

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It is often said children are the future, but 9-year-old Emme Davis is not satisfied with simply being the future — she wants to have an immediate impact.

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Thanks to funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, Rockingham County Public Schools’ free meal program will continue at least through December, according to Gerald Lehman, director of school nutrition for the division.

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Eastern Mennonite University delayed move-in for students until the first weekend of September, while continuing with online classes for the last four weeks.

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Harrisonburg City Public Schools has closed one school for a week after an employee who was feeling sick visited the doctor and was told to get tested as he or she had a probable case of COVID-19, said Superintendent Michael Richards on Monday.

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A decision by Rockingham County to pay each deputy and firefighter an extra $2,500 in hazard pay through the CARES Act left some Harrisonburg first responders frustrated that they’re not also seeing additional compensation.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases began to soar, and continue to, James Madison University decided to send students home a little over a week after they moved in. Most classes began being held online this week.

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Harrisonburg reported 143 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday — the highest single day of new cases since the first city patient tested positive on March 12, according to the latest data from the Virginia Department of Health.

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Over 1,000 COVID-19 cases have been identified in James Madison University students and employees, according to the most recent data published by the institution on Monday.

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The Harrisonburg CARES Act Advisory Task Force met for the first time Thursday as the newly-founded group worked to advise city staff where the next round of $4.6 million the city is slated to receive should be spent.

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A census was sent to parents of students in Harrisonburg City Public Schools in mid-August asking them about their technology, food and child care needs as they headed into full-time virtual learning.

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UPDATE 11:20 a.m. — JMU reported 627 cumulative positive cases in students and faculty Wednesday morning. According to the new data, 26 have recovered since the first patient recovered on Aug. 25.

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James Madison University student Ellie Twigg has a full schedule as she commutes to the Valley for classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and works roughly 45 hours a week at a gym in the Washington, D.C., area.

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UPDATE as of 1 p.m. Monday — James Madison University has 390 positive COVID-19 cases — all but four students, according to data released by the school Monday.

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As an early childhood education center, the Shenandoah Valley Child Development Center didn’t fit the requirements for Rockingham County’s Small Business Grant program until the Economic Development Authority decided to change the criteria to include child care facilities.

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When the pandemic began clearing out supplies of certain items, Harrisonburg City Public Schools decided to not spend tons of money, only to wait for months and months, on personal protective equipment, such as plexiglass barriers and hand sanitizer stations.

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After opening a second round, Rockingham County’s small-business grant review team began reviewing applications Tuesday, as well as applications denied during the first round, according to Josh Gooden.

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With college and university students returning to campus this week, it’s imperative that everyone in the community follow face mask and social distancing guidelines. That is part of the ongoing message of “Be Vigilant for the Valley,” an initiative led by community leaders and elected offici…

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While some colleges across the country reported parties with hundreds of students, Harrisonburg police say move-in weekend for James Madison University was fairly calm compared to years past.