SCPS announce new mask mandates for students and staff

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Shenandoah Public Schools (SCPS) announced new masks regulations in a social post.

After the school board called a special meeting yesterday morning they have voted on new mask regulations that fall more in line with Governor Youngkin’s latest mask mandate.

Effective this Mon. Jan. 24 students will not be required to wear a mask but are being encouraged to wear a mask while inside any Shenandoah County Public School building.

However a mask will be required to be worn by everyone riding any school transportation.

All school staff will also be required to continue to wear a mask while in any school building regardless of their vaccination status.

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Frederick County School Board holds a special meeting tonight 1/20

A social post from Frederick County Schools shows that the Frederick County School Board will hold a special meeting tonight at 7:30.

The meeting will take place at the Administration Building at 1415 Amherst St. Winchester.

With COVID-19 cases preventing some from attending the meeting public comments can submitted today Jan. 20.

The comments must be submitted before 3 p.m. today Jan. 20 at frederickcountyschoolsva.net.

A live stream of the meeting will be available at the school’s you tube channel.

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VDH offers free COVID-19 vaccinations in Shenandoah VA. tomorrow 1/21

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The Virginia Department of Health’ s (VDH) Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) has teamed up with Dollar General Stores to offer COVID-19 vaccinations.

A VDH email announced that the Dollar General Store in Shenandoah Virginia will offer a vaccination clinic tomorrow Jan. 21.

The clinic will offer vaccinations at the 727 4 Street Shenandoah Virginia location from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

The clinic will offer first, second, primary and booster doses of the vaccines.

All three of the vaccines will be available at the clinic.

Anyone 5 and older is eligible for certain vaccines.

Everyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be vaccinated.

Walk ups are welcomed but appointments can also be made at vase.vdh.virginia.gov.

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LFCC offers students mental and other health support

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For the first time ever Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) students are able to get immediate help for mental health and other health needs at no cost.

LFCC announced via email that TimelyMD is now available for students of the college.

TimelyMD offers students 24/7 health and counseling resources by video or phone.

Students can also connect with TimelyMD for immediate needs in times of crisis.

A number of other services are available including on-demand or appointment based health support, coaching along with psychiatric care.

Find out more and Sign up for the service at lfcc.edu.

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VA. Tax reminds taxpayers can begin filing Mon. 1/24

Virginia Tax reminds in an email reminds taxpayers they can start filing both state and federal individual income tax returns Jan. 24.

Last year electronic filing increased by 2 percent with over 100,000 Virginians taking advantage.

Virginia Tax reminds taxpayers of the benefits of filing electronically.

Along with the convenience of the electronic filing there is a faster return.

Filing can be done 24/7 along with electronic banking all in one location.

Go to tax.virginia.gov to find other benefits and more information.

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The Dak Attack

Greetings from The Booth!

OK, I think I’ve had enough snow now…for the rest of the season. If bedding down at the radio station on Sunday night and reading endless school announcements all this week wasn’t bad enough, I had to see a Facebook post from my friend Nick Ciattei, who’s soaking up the sun in Aruba! It’s his world, and I’m just living in it. The snow this week included a topping of ice, which made shoveling next to impossible. Hammering away at the icy glaze, I felt like part of the work gang at Shawshank. At 62, I decided to let nature take it’s course, which means I’ll see my driveway sometime in April.

If you need something to warm you up, Shenandoah University baseball opens up on February 12 at the newly-renovated Bridgeforth Field, and while we’ll still need to bundle up, it’ll be great to see a ballpark that finally befits that program.

Back to Sunday, which really wasn’t all that bad. I had the station to myself, I had my Papa John’s pie, and I was able to stream the 3 Super Wild Card games. As an added bonus, 2 of my least-favorite teams made quick playoff exits. The afternoon started with the nasty, drunken, stinkin’ Iggles losing to Brady & The Bucs 31-15 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score might imply. The ageless Tom Terrific and Tampa Bay cruised to a 31-0 lead and never looked back. Philadelphia, the NFL’s top rushing team, never got the ground game going early, and was made one-dimensional by virtue of the lopsided score.

What made me really happy, though, was the stunning Dallas loss to San Francisco, and the subsequent meltdown by the Cowboy fanbase, who once again blamed everyone else except their team for the defeat. This self-entitled bunch, who still think it’s 1996, will be watching someone else lift the Lombardi Trophy in a few weeks, while America’s Team still has only 3 playoff wins since it’s last Super Bowl title.

Rarely is a game won or lost on one play, but the ire of the Dallas reached it’s crescendo on the game’s final play on Sunday. Trailing 23-17 with no time outs, and about 20 seconds left with the ball near midfield, Cowboy QB Dak Prescott took a risk by running the ball in the middle of the field. Sliding near the 25 yard line and using up most of the time, Prescott tried to get his team lined up to spike the ball. The problem: the ball must be spotted by the official, and by the time he did that, time had run out. Game and season over. As the players and officials ran off the field, trash rained down in the vicinity of both. In his postgame comments, Prescott, who thought the garbage was being thrown at the Dallas players, called the fans’ actions “disappointing.” But when told the trash was aimed at the officials, Prescott did a “180” and gave credit to the fans.

Not a good look from the supposed leader of the team, who should have put the loss squarely on his own shoulders. And not a good look from the Dallas fans, who clearly didn’t know the rule about spotting the ball, and didn’t seem to remember the 14 Dallas penalties and other mistakes that contributed to the loss. For everyone associated with that organization, it’s time to look inward, not outward.

So, for the rest of the playoffs, we will be spared the endless TV camera shots of Cowboy owner Jerry Jones, as “America’s Team” once again makes it’s tee times. Which makes Winter a little more bearable…

Happy shoveling, and until the next visit from The Booth, GO HORNETS!

RW