Religious exemption removed ! The left leaning block of Grampp, Daniels, Braswell, and Shelley voted 4-2 in favor of removing the religious exemption to the mask mandate for all students at Spotsylvania County Schools at today’s school board special meeting.
School board special meeting today at 445pm to close off the religious exemption to the mask mandate !!! They just posted this on boarddocs. Very short notice. Spread the word !
Masks are back. The left leaning block of Grampp, Daniels, Braswell, and Shelley voted 4-3 in favor to mandate masks for all students at Spotsylvania County Schools.
Attorney Tim Anderson has a short video explaining SB 1303 and the masking law. Check out his take here – https://fb.watch/7hlrXSXn39/
Spotsylvania County School Board Chair Dawn Shelley commented on our July 26 post on the Spotsy Wire facebook page. During the July 26 school board meeting, we posted this “Shelley claims, without evidence, there are more people that want masking.” A few days later, Mrs Shelley responded to our facebook post saying “Wow…I did say I had more emails.. Lol”. After we asked Mrs Shelley to provide specific information to support her claim, she immediately deleted her post on our facebook page.
After she deleted her post, the Spotsy Wire emailed Mrs Shelley for information to support her claim. We emailed her 7 days ago. Since Mrs Shelley has not responded, we believe that the school board chair made up the claim. Here is a screen capture of Mrs Shelley responding to our facebook post.
The next Spotsylvania County School Board meeting is on Monday August 9. On the agenda, school staff is seeking approval to purchase $550,000 worth of virtual software for online learning thru CARES act funding. The school division is also looking to achieve debt service savings. Given current events, the new business section on the agenda should be interesting. Spotsy Wire will provide a writeup and commentary on the August 9 meeting.
Here is an email that was sent from Spotsylvania County Schools to school staff at 5:02pm today (august 1). The link to the opt out form has not been working.
The planning commission is holding a public hearing on August 4. One of the topics on the agenda is an application to open a used car dealership on Mine Road near US Route 1. More details https://spotsylvania.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/CoverSheet.aspx?ItemID=7548&MeetingID=611
The Spotsylvania County website has a list of all the best places to walk your pets. Click on the link below for more details https://www.spotsylvania.va.us/1762/The-Best-Places-to-Walk-Your-Pets-in-Spo
Erin Grampp’s motion to mandate masks unless a parent submits an opt-out form passed at the July 26 school board meeting. The Grampp motion adds a burden of responsibility on parents to submit an opt-out form. The Grampp motion also adds more responsibility on school staff to enforce the mandate or check every students opt-out form status. Erin Grampp is the school board member from the Berkeley district.
At the July 12 school board meeting, a motion was proposed to make it the parent’s choice on whether their child wears a mask with no forms required. This proposal has no added burdens to parents or school staff. Grampp, Daniels, Braswell, and Shelley voted against the much simpler parental choice option and the motion was defeated 4-3.
The July 12 motion was less bureaucratic and less burdensome than the July 26 motion. Grampp developed and pushed for the more bureaucratic and more burdensome version.
Per the Virginia Department of Health, there continue to be reports of algal blooms at Lake Anna. This affects fun summer water activities. The Virginia Department of Health provides a algal bloom surveillance map on their website https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/waterborne-hazards-control/algal-bloom-surveillance-map/
The Fredericksburg Fair starts on July 30 and ends on August 8. Here is the fair schedule http://www.fredericksburgfair.org/fair-schedule/
The Spotsylvania County School board is holding a special meeting on Monday July 26. The main discussion point is the masking of students. The Spotsy Wire will provide LIVE commentary of the special meeting on 7/26 on our facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/spotsywire
The agenda is at the link below
The hot weather continues today ! https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?x=191&y=189&site=lwx&zmx=&zmy=&map_x=190&map_y=188#.YNr4UruSkuV
It will be hot today. The high today is forecasted to be 94 degrees https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?x=191&y=189&site=lwx&zmx=&zmy=&map_x=190&map_y=188#.YNmkHruSkuU
Spotsylvania Parks and Recreation is holding summer camps in July. They have brochure on their website
On June 22, Spotsylvania County posted more details on the bond referendum. Here is a direct link on the county website