Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts is on a year-round school with classes that started the first week of August. It’s not off to a good start when it comes to Covid-19.
All 53 fourth-graders at the Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts in South Richmond are quarantined after four positive COVID-19 cases among students.
The positive cases have cropped up just days into the school year at Patrick Henry, a charter school that is part of Richmond Public Schools.
On Monday, Superintendent Jason Kamras reported in a newsletter that one student had tested positive and was last in the building on Aug. 4. He followed up that announcement later in the day and announced two more positive cases at the school, located at 3411 Semmes Ave. The two students were last in the building on Aug. 6. Officials at the Virginia Department of Health confirmed the cases and that 53 students are in quarantine.
A fourth case was announced Wednesday afternoon in a message from the school to parents. Later Wednesday, Kamras said in a newsletter that the student was last in the school on Aug. 5.
Pipeline Update Work Continues
The hope is that work will finish up at the end of this month. Work is taking longer than expected.
Our work continues! It’s progressing! And it’s slower than we thought it was going to be.
Our team is doing detailed, meticulous work with an abundance of care, and doing it right! They’ve also faced some less-than-ideal weather and river levels that were too high.
Our crew is essentially papier-mâché-ing a 43.13″ diameter elevated pipe located in the James River (one of our more tricky, but also more beautiful, work locations) with layers on layers of mesh and more mesh and different sized mesh and epoxy. Before all that, our crews clean each pipe segment with acetone wipes to allow for excellent adherence.
Most importantly, we are SO sorry for the delayed repair process at Pipeline–we know no one likes an elongated trail closure, but we can’t rush this important work.
We appreciate your patience as we complete these repairs to protect the James River and your health and safety when you visit this spot so many of us favor!
The latest we heard was a hope that repairs would be complete by the end of this month. We will keep you updated as we move toward that end-of-October target!
Following the completion of the repairs, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look. Only after we check our work and give it the green light will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
And, finally, an important reminder: all wastewater flows have been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking at Pipeline currently is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from rainfall.
Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival is Back
Scotts Addition is turning into pumpkin town this Saturday, plan accordingly.
The festival takes place in Scott’s Addition, on Arthur Ashe Boulevard on Saturday October 16th from 12-6 PM, and features something for everyone. From live music by local bands to delicious fall treats and the best craft beer from local breweries. Plus, the very popular costume contests for kids, adults and our four-legged friends. The event is FREE. More info here or here.
The Byrd is Classically Spooky this Month and Raising Money for an Organ (Musical not Biological)
Lots of classic scares will be shown this month. A little disappointed that I can’t see The Birds at the The Byrd.
The two Live Organ Benefits you see above on the 24th are not to be missed.
The anticipated Organ benefit event of the year! Michael Britt plays the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ to the silent film, Phantom of the Opera (1925) at 3pm and then Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920) at 7pm.
Each of these magical performances help raise money to keep the original Mighty Wurlitzer going! She’s a beauty and we love hearing Bob Gulledge play her each week! Tickets are $20.