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Q&A: Charlottesville City Schools superintendent talks about the return to school

After white-supremacist rallies and violence rocked her community, Charlottesville City Schools superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins had just two days to shift the agenda as she prepared for a back-to-school meeting with her 800-strong staff. Below are excerpts from her phone interview with the Monitor Aug. 24, the day after students started school.

Tell me about how you decided to shift from a planned celebration to a more cathartic experience when you first gathered your staff –

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