VDC Chair Doug Burbank Gives Statement on Republican Float at Popcorn Festival, September 2021

Valparaiso Democratic Committee Chairperson Doug Burbank gives his statement reflecting on the Valparaiso, Indiana Popcorn Festival display by the Porter County Republicans in the 2021 parade.

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Valpo Schools Covid Safety Working Group (VSCSWG) Announces Update for September: Masks Will be Mandated at VCS

After hundreds of students in quarantine and new state guidance, Valparaiso Community Schools is mandating masks according to reports from the community and as reported by the Northwest Indiana Times. Valpo Schools Covid Safety Working Group (VSCSWG) gives an update from parent Prof. Jennifer Hora.

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Parent and Community Stakeholder Prof. Jennifer Hora Gives VSCSWG Update

On Tuesday, August 31st, Valparaiso Community Schools (VCS) parent Prof. Jennifer Hora, Political Science and International Affairs, who is one of the leaders in the Valpo Schools COVID Safety Working Group (VSCSWG) gives her update first featured on social media.

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Community Stakeholder Dr. Michael Mirochna Asks for Community Leaders to Step-up

Community Stakeholder Dr. Mike Mirochna says, "At this time, we need all of the leaders of our community to come forward and demand that we protect our children and this community. We’ve had nothing but deference to other people or other political bodies. Dr. Stamp has already shown that we should be following CDC guidelines."

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Robert Cotton (D), City Councilperson, District 2 Gives Support For Mask Mandate in Schools

Last week, Valparaiso Councilman Robert Cotton, (D-2nd), who was among many who were refused entry to the VCS School Board meeting, proposed at the monthly Valparaiso City Council Meeting "full support to the Valparaiso Community Schools Board of Education and  Superintendent of Schools as they navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic." The Chicago Tribune also reports, "he had recommended to the superintendent and school board members earlier the option of moving the meeting to a larger location given the expected attendance, a suggestion based on feedback he had received from his own constituents." Read more about how this critical proposal impacts our community.

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School Board Public Statement from VDC Chair Doug Burbank, August 2021

At last night’s monthly board meeting of the Valparaiso Community Schools (VCS), a diverse group of stakeholders including parents, students, academics, and local medical professionals demonstrated their support of the implementation of mask mandates and social distancing in order to combat the threat and spread of Covid-19.

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