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Lynchburg City Schools students can resume in-person learning soon.    The school system announced today that students grades pre-k through 2 will return to school beginning Tuesday, October 6th.  3rd-grade through 6th-grade students will begin October 13, 7th through 12th-grade students on October 27.   Some students will attend Tuesdays and Wednesdays, others Thursday and Friday, with Monday a remote instructional day for all students.  Families will still have the option for remote-only instruction.    

Here is the letter to parents from Lynchburg City Schools:

Dear LCS staff and families, 

Your LCS administrative team is pleased to inform you that Lynchburg City Schools will begin safely bringing more students back into the school buildings for hybrid instruction before the end of this first nine weeks. 

The hybrid model places students into one of two groupings: “Cohort A” and “Cohort B.” Students in Cohort A will attend in-building instruction on Tuesday and Wednesday of each week, with remote learning scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Students in Cohort B will attend in-building instruction on Thursday and Friday, with remote learning scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday is a remote instructional day for all students.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 5

Pre-Kindergarten through second-grade students may choose hybrid instruction. Students assigned to Cohort A will begin in-building instruction on Tuesday, October 6. Students assigned to Cohort B will begin in-building instruction on Thursday, October 8. 

WEEK OF OCTOBER 12

Third-grade through sixth-grade students may choose hybrid  instruction. Students assigned to Cohort A will begin in-building instruction on Tuesday, October 13. Students assigned to Cohort B will begin in-building instruction on Thursday, October 15.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 26

Seventh-grade through twelfth-grade students may choose hybrid instruction. Students assigned to Cohort A will begin in-building instruction on Tuesday, October 27. Students assigned to Cohort B will begin in-building instruction on Thursday, October 29.

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Teachers of students in third through twelfth grade will be reaching out to you very soon to ask you a few questions about your plans for returning to in-person instruction. Pre-K through second-grade teachers should have already reached out to their students’ families.
  • Even as we phase back into hybrid instruction, all families will still have the option for remote-only instruction. Your child’s teacher will ask you about your Return to Learn preference for hybrid or remote-only instruction, as well as your need for transportation.
  • Based on the responses from families, teacher assignments may change.
  • Parents/guardians will be notified of their child’s assigned cohort as soon as possible prior to the start of hybrid instruction.
  • Please note that the last day for meal delivery will be October 2nd. Meals for students participating in remote learning will be available for curbside pick up at the five secondary schools—which include E. C. Glass and Heritage high schools, and Dunbar, Linkhorne, and Sandusky middle schools—Monday through Friday (no holidays) from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Students receiving in-building instruction will receive meals on the two days they are in the building. On their second day in the building, they will receive take-home meal kits.

We know this school year has been a challenge, and we are looking forward to safely returning to in-person instruction for all students. Thank you to all our parents, guardians, teachers, staff, students, and community members for helping us work through this together!

Liberty University says it has frozen both online and residential tuition through the 2021-22 school year.   This marks the third year tuition has not increased for residential students and the sixth year it has remained steady for online students. Liberty officials say they wanted to ease students’ financial stress during what has been a difficult year for many.

Here is the entire news release from Liberty University:

Another year of frozen tuition maintains Liberty University’s mission to keep a Christ-centered education within reach

Lynchburg, VA — Liberty University announced today it has frozen both online and residential tuition through the 2021-22 school year, easing students’ financial stress during what has been a difficult year for many. This marks the third year tuition has not increased for residential students and the sixth year it has remained steady for online students, further demonstrating Liberty’s commitment to making a world-class Christian education accessible to as many students as possible.

“At Liberty University, we believe God made each person with a unique purpose,” said President Jerry Prevo. “And equipping as many people as we can to live out their God-given purpose is part of our mission of Training Champions for Christ. Everyone should have the opportunity to be the best at what God has called them to be, so our decision to refuse to raise tuition for another year is just one more way we’re working to put that opportunity into people’s hands.”

The tuition freeze, along with Liberty’s other innovative financial solutions, like creating the Middle America Scholarship to fill in gaps left by the Pell Grant or offering doctoral-level military benefits, are designed to prevent avoidable college debt and set students up for success. But they also serve a higher purpose. While the majority of students choose Liberty for its faith-based education, many come simply for its wide range of degree programs and its affordability. When they begin classes, they’re introduced to faculty and staff who genuinely care about them — and share a message of hope through Jesus Christ.

“Our phone agents hear often from students who have been spiritually encouraged or come to know Christ through their online classes,” said Ron Kennedy, executive vice president for Enrollment Management & Marketing. “We intentionally create price breaks for professionals who spend their careers serving others, such as teachers, nurses, pastors, military members, and first responders, so we never know how many of these or other students are having faith conversations for the first time in their classes. Another year of frozen tuition means they can stay and finish what they started without worrying about paying a higher price.”

The price of higher education is on many people’s minds as schools across the country are being forced to pivot quickly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Liberty’s long-standing presence in the online education space has prevented costly maneuvering or last-minute changes, and the nonprofit school is able to pass the savings on to its students.

“Over the last 20 years, tuition for private National Universities ranked by U.S. News has jumped up 144%,” said Chief Financial Officer Rob Ritz. “It’s gone up nearly 17% since we started freezing online tuition in 2016. By holding our tuition steady, we’ve kept Liberty students from having to pay the markup, which is a huge blessing for them. It’s just one more way we’re working to steward what God has given us to serve our students best.”

Liberty’s frozen tuition for both residential and online students means more people will have access to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ and to the top-notch educators, resources, and facilities that can equip them to share that message with the world, no matter which degree they pursue.

“There’s no other school like Liberty University,” Prevo added. “It has all the offerings of a big state school and all the spiritual vitality of a small Bible college. It is God’s university. Isn’t giving every possible student the tools they need to live out their calling what Training Champions for Christ is all about?”

Visit Liberty.edu/Explore to learn more about Liberty’s residential and online degree options.

A group of conservative parents in Lynchburg is trying to get city students back into school buildings.   The Lynchburg School Board decided in August to have classes entirely online for the first nine weeks out of concern over COVID-19.   Andrew Glover with Conservative Parents of Lynchburg told the Morning Line his group doesn’t think the school board is doing its job.

The group is asking Lynchburg City Council to hold a public hearing or issue a resolution saying it expects the school board to have students back in class by October  8th.

 A ski resort in Virginia says it expects to reopen for the winter season with precautions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. Wintergreen Resort in Nellysford announced it plans to open on Dec. 11 with social distancing, capacity limits and a mandatory mask mandate in place. A letter released by General Manager Rod Kessler last week said the resort will restrict the number of daily lift tickets sold and prioritize members and season pass holders. The letter stated that chair lifts will also be managed to accommodate social distancing and staff will monitor the number of people in lodges and restaurants.

Campbell County authorities continue to investigate the death of a toddler from Gladys whose caregiver is charged with child abuse and neglect.    Police begin their investigation last Thursday  after the 3-year-old was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  They later charged his caregiver, 30-year-old  Megan Paris; the boy died the next day.   Police say more charges may be filed and they’re asking anyone with information to call the Campbell County sheriff’s office or Central Virginia Crimestoppers. 

TO INVESTIGATE DEATH OF LOCAL TODDLER; MEGAN PARIS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

RUSTBURG, VA – The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate suspect, Megan Paris, in connection with the abuse, neglect and subsequent death of a three (3) year old child in the Gladys, VA community.

On September 17, 2020, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office became aware of a three (3) year-old child, residing in the Gladys area of the locality, who had been airlifted to Roanoke-Carilion Hospital with life-threatening injuries. As a result, law enforcement officials launched an investigation which determined that the child sustained the injuries one day prior at the hands of its caregiver.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the child was in the care of 30 year-old Megan Paris (photo attached) when the injuries occurred.  On the evening of September 17, 2020, Paris was arrested and charged with child abuse and neglect; sadly, the following morning, the child succumbed to the injuries sustained.

This is an ongoing investigation; additional charges may be filed.

Anyone who has information regarding this case is asked to contact Investigator M. Bryant, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 332-9707 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Citizens may enter a tip online by visiting: http://p3tips.com or using the P3 app on a mobile device.

It’s been one year since the City of Lynchburg and Appalachian Power broke ground on the Main Street Renewal Project.  The project has closed down four blocks of Main Street  to replace aging waterlines and modernize the underground electrical system.   The MorningLine spoke with project manager Jim Talian about the how the project is coming along:

Today is the day in-person voting opens across Virginia.   This year, Virginia voters do not have to provide an excuse to vote by mail. The Department of Elections has lifted that restriction to encourage people to vote from home and avoid the risk of COVID-19 exposure.  Lynchburg residents can vote early at the Lynchburg Registrar’s Office on Kemper Street beginning Friday. They can also apply online or request an application to vote by mail.  Or they can Vote In-person at their regular precincts on election day, November 3.  The MorningLine spoke with Lynchburg Council Member Chris Faraldi about voting options:

Here is the entire news release from the City of Lynchburg:

Presidential and General Election Information for Lynchburg Residents

The City of Lynchburg’s Registrar’s Office, along with the Virginia Department of Elections, encourages voters to protect their health during COVID-19 outbreak. Voters have  three options to vote in this election.  1. Apply Online or Request an Application to Vote By Mailhere. Request a vote-by-mail application by calling the Registrar’s Office at (434) 477-5999. After applying, you can check to see if your absentee application was received and whether your ballot was sent and received by visiting the Citizen Portal here.  2.Early Voting In-PersonResidents can vote early at the Lynchburg Registrar’s Office, 825 Kemper Street, (Kemper Street Station) beginning 45 days before Election Day. The Registrar’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. In addition the Registrar’s Office will be open the two Saturdays before Election Day, October 24 and 31, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To vote early in-person, do the following: • Starting 45 days before Election Day, visit the Registrar’s Office to vote early. Remember, the Saturday before Election Day is the last day to vote early. • You do not have to have a reason or fill out an application to vote early. • At the Registrar’s Office, you must provide your name and address and show an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement.  • Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting are available upon request. 3. Vote In-person at Your Regular PrecinctPolls will be open in all precincts on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ballot Drop BoxesDrop-off staffed locations for this election will include dropping off ballots in a secure box inside the Lynchburg Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office will be available on the same dates and times listed above. Staff will come to the curbside for voters to drop-off their ballots in the secure box. In addition, secure drop-boxes, staffed by election officials, will be available at each precinct on Election Day.   Residents who have not yet registered to vote in the City of Lynchburg or need to make changes to their name and/or address on record must file a voter registration application by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. To request a vote-by-mail ballot or to register or update your voter registration, click here or call (434) 477-5999 to have an absentee ballot application or a voter registration application mailed. The deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is Friday, October 23, 2020. 

AP-NC-HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Missing North Carolina man’s body found in Virginia

CHATHAM, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been charged with murder after authorities in southside Virginia found the body of a North Carolina man who went missing over the weekend after he tried to sell his Range Rover. Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, say they are investigating the disappearance of William Anderson “Andy” Banks, 39, of Raleigh, as a homicide. On Thursday news outlets reported that Justin Fernando Merritt of Danville, Virginia, was charged with Banks’ murder. Merritt, who had arranged to buy Banks’ SUV, had already been arrested and charged with crimes related to the theft of the vehicle. On Thursday Raleigh Police said they believe Banks’ body was recovered by the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

Lynchburg police are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 2100-block of Pocahontas Street last night.   Police responded to a call about a gunshot shortly before 11:30 and found 25-year-old Cansas Carolyn Crotts of Lynchburg dead from a single gunshot wound.  36-year-old Kevin O’Neal Allen, 36, of Appomattox was arrested at the scene.  He’s charged with 2nd degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. 

Here’s the entire news release from Lynchburg Police:

The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred in the 2100-block of Pocahontas Street overnight. 

On September 17, 2020 at 11:26 p.m., officers responded to a call for a gun shot in the 2100-block of Pocahontas Street. Officers found a female deceased in the residence with a single gunshot wound. The deceased was identified as Cansas Carolyn Crotts, 25, of Lynchburg. 

The suspect was identified and arrested on scene. Kevin O’Neal Allen, 36, of Appomattox, is charged with 2nd degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. 

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

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