News Nugget – Highland School Board August Meeting

Thursday afternoon, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a public health emergency order which mandated the wearing of masks in all public and private schools in Virginia for staff and students K-12.

At an emotional Highland School Board meeting that evening, the Board voted 2-1 to disregard that order, and allow parents to opt out for their children via a letter sent to parents. The Board also voted 2-1 to not accept the school administration’s proposed Equitable Access for All Students policy.

Stay tuned to AMR for full coverage of the entire meeting.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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