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Education Watch: Monday, January 22nd, 2018

22 January 2018

As the Frederick County Board of Supervisors and School Board continue to make plans to replace Robert E. Aylor Middle School, concerns are being voiced about its elevated carbon dioxide levels. Parent Joan Thorp spoke at a School Board meeting Tuesday during a citizens’ comment period; according to reports, she claimed that her daughter has missed 27 days of school due to the high levels of CO2. In response, the school has positioned CO2 monitors that beep at readings of 1,300 and then 2,500 parts per million.

Shenandoah University students completed a virtual reality video that debuted on Martin Luther King Jr. day titled “An Atmosphere of Hate.” The four minute video allows viewers who don their VR goggles to experience the Civil Rights Era sit-ins from four different perspectives. Audiences watch from the perspective of customers, staff, and protesters as angry patrons and police officers insult activists. Associate professor of theater James “J.J.” Ruscella was quoted as saying that, “the impact has been simply tremendous.”

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