Schools and businesses throughout Dane County are providing COVID-19 shots for children over 5 years old. Over the past month, Dane County schools and businesses launched a series of inoculation efforts following the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children over the age of five. Dane County is among the most heavily vaccinated areas in the United States, with 86% of adults receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 shot, and community members are hopeful similar trends will be sustained in vaccinating children. Clinics thus far were held at a variety of locations, including Prairie Elementary School, Arboretum Elementary School, Badger Ridge Middle School and the Madison Children’s Museum.
New Wisconsin laws aim to prevent backlog of sexual assault kits, support survivors
Juliana Tornabene, NBC 15, Dec. 6, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers signed two pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 94 and Senate Bill 71, to make the current method of tracking and testing sexual assault kits more efficient, improving transparency and accountability for survivors
Exact Sciences donates a half million dollars to Urban League’s Black Business Hub project
Jaymes Langrehr, Channel3000, Dec. 9, 2021
Exact Science announced a $500,000 donation for the construction of the future Black Business Hub, a four-story, 76,000-square foot building project that will help connect Madison's Black community to career opportunities and support entrepreneurs of color.
Two teams, two mascots and more chances to compete next year. Sun Prairie West High School will open its doors for the first time in fall 2022. This will shake up the school district, including its high school athletics.
The district had about 2,500 students enrolled in grades 9–12 as of November, according to a district enrollment report posted on its website.
Madison Police report shows racial disparities
Meredith Opie, Madison Commons, Nov. 29, 2021
A Madison report revealed that nearly half of incidents of police force are directed at Black residents, despite making up 9% of the Madison population. Chief Barnes believes these biases exist both inside and outside of the police force.