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New York allowing minyans, Los Angeles not yet

MINCHA: An outdoor minyan observed strict social distancing March 18 in Hancock Park. Officials say that is not permitted in California or Los Angeles, although it will soon be allowed in New York.

By Molly Litvak, Shalhevet High School

May 22, 2020

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that religious gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted there starting tomorrow, but Los Angeles rabbis say they have not heard anything about when davening and religious services might be permitted in Los Angeles or California. Head of...

Working Out While Staying In

Mr. Michael Bunton made workout videos for his students stuck at home. He is finding fun ways to incorporate his daughter in his routine to put a smile on his viewers faces.

By Sarah Percy, Francis Howell Central High School

May 22, 2020

Quarantining in your own home is no easy task. The hours become days, the days weeks, and the weeks a month. And all the while, as time goes on, your motivation continues to deteriorate with each passing minute. Motivation to do the school assignments that at this point seem monotonous and a way to...


Social distancing has impacted students' mental health both positively and negatively.

By Hanah Kitamoto and Misha Canin

May 22, 2020

Six feet. That’s the distance every person is recommended to stay physically apart from others, according to the CDC. Although social media and other online communication methods can partly fulfill the sense of isolation, some may believe seeing a friend over a screen simply isn’t the same as in-person....

Cal High students are working in grocery stores as essential workers

This picture was taken at the Safeway on San Ramon Valley Blvd. before the mandate to wear face masks in public.

By Liann Bielicki, California High School - CA

May 22, 2020

Mile-long lines, brawls over toilet paper and waves of frenzied shopping have put the brunt of the coronavirus panic on grocery store workers. While other workers across the world may find ways to turn their jobs digital, these employees must be at work because of the highly essential nature of their...

Working from home: teaching while parenting

Elementary students use the app DreamBox to practice their math skills online.

By Bess Frerichs, West High School

May 22, 2020

When schools closed after spring break to not reopen for the rest of the year, science teacher Jenny Eustice had to figure out how to homeschool her kids while teaching her classes. Jenny’s kids are both elementary age: her daughter Peyton is eight and her son Charlie is six, and while elementary schools...

What Will The Future Look Like?

What is usually a very busy Woodall Rodgers Freeway became nearly empty after Dallas enacted it's shelter in place order . Courtesy of Google Images

By Connor Thompson, Lake Ridge High School

May 22, 2020

COVID-19 has brought our way of life to a screeching halt, but we have adapted. First responders have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep those who have been infected alive. Grocery store employees have continued to work so that the American public still can put food on their table. Just two...

COVID-19 has transformed the world into a classroom

Although most in-person classes are cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, students can still learn experientially, outside of the classroom.

By Sydney Kim, Sacred Heart Greenwich

May 22, 2020

This year, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a period of great uncertainty and enormous change.  Although we have reshaped our definitions of work, shopping, and socialization, we, as a country and as a world, are struggling to redefine education.  As politicians, principals, and parents...

Quiet Halls and Longer Days

The 2020 senior awards banquet is one ceremony that did not take place this year. In 2019, then-senior Joelynn Petrie shook the hand of then-Assistant Principal Mr. Tim Wormald.

By Rachel Kuntz, Powell High School

May 22, 2020

First, the cancellation of sports practices and activities. Next, a three-week spring break. And then, the cancellation of all spring events and the transition to remote learning. No one could have prepared for where we are today, bringing worries of the repercussions that follow. Despite...

New mothers face isolation challenges amidst COVID19

Lisa DeBord, special education teacher, leaves the hospital with her newborn baby born during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Kayla Estrada, Kings High School

May 22, 2020

Lisa DeBord felt blessed to have her husband with her the whole time during the delivery of her third child on April 3. The hard part came afterward when no one was allowed to visit. “No one was allowed to visit me after my son was born, including my Mom or my other children.  All doctors and...

COVID-19 and the class of ’21: a new approach to college admissions

Due to COVID-19, the college admissions process is going to look exceptionally different for the class of 2021 and possibly many classes in the future.  “Whether you're in your sophomore year or you're a junior or a freshman, we know that this is going to be a really strange place on most transcripts,” Strategic Advisor for Admission and Financial Aid at Williams College Twink Williams Burns, said.

By Taylor McGuire and Eliya Howard-Delman

May 21, 2020

With colleges and universities closed due to COVID-19, many students approaching their senior year are wondering, “what will the application process look like for me?” With SAT and ACT tests canceled or postponed and college campuses closed, the application process is bound to be exceptionally different...

Atlanta community comes together to support healthcare workers

LIGHT UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Several houses in the Morningside/Lenox area displayed luminaries to show support for healthcare workers.

By Lindsay Ruhl, Henry W. Grady High School

May 21, 2020

Although the Atlanta community can’t physically come together, people across the city have come up with various ways to stay connected while supporting healthcare workers fighting COVID-19. Every night at 8 p.m., residents in the Midtown area go out on their balconies to cheer and chant for the frontliners. “I live right in the middle of the cheeri...

Is This Love? Episode 6: Self-love in self-isolation

Is This Love? Episode 6: Self-love in self-isolation

By Kimberly Mitchell, Anna Feng, Zachary Khouri, and Samantha Chu

May 21, 2020

Two months into quarantine, people all around the world continue to adjust to their new life under a pandemic. In this episode of Is This Love? Zach, Kim, Alena, and Anna discuss how social distancing and coronavirus have affected their progress towards self-love and how to stay positive amidst a glo...

COVID-19 poses difficult dilemma for rising college freshmen

COVID-19 solidified senior Fiona Courogen’s plan to take a gap year. In 2021, she will attend Colorado State University.

By Cate Bikales, Lincoln High School - OR

May 21, 2020

COVID-19 has created a challenging situation for current high school seniors: go to college in the fall or skip it? According to a national survey of 487 rising college freshmen conducted by the Art & Science Group, a higher-education consulting firm, one in six high school seniors who originally...

Georgia Census groups scramble to change practices amidst COVID-19

Yard signs encouraging people to fill out the 2020 Census have popped up in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By George Lefkowicz, Henry W. Grady High School

May 20, 2020

The United States Constitution mandates that every 10 years, the government counts everybody under its jurisdiction. Since its start in 1790, the U.S. Census has attempted a direct count of every person in the country to determine direct taxes, congressional districts and billions of dollars of funding...

COVID-19 economic crisis impacts Grady community economically

The Plaza Theatre, located in the Briarcliff Plaza Shopping Center, displays encouraging message,

By Ava Smith, Henry W. Grady High School

May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected public health, it has also affected the health of the economy. Amid shutdown orders across the country, Georgia was one of the last states to issue a “shelter at home” policy and mandated that “non-essential” businesses close their doors. One...

Senior Slump: The Favorable, The Dreadful and The Disheartening

Seniors Iriyana Lipkin and Mallory Ramos show school spirit at the first white-out football game of the season in August. Ramos said that moments like these mean everything to seniors looking back on their high school experience and to the year that was left unfinished.

By Addie Dawson, Cedar Park High School

May 20, 2020

This 2020 school year is the most unique year that many of us have ever lived through, with a global pandemic breaking out right before school let out for spring break on March 13. Little did the students know, once they left for spring break, they’d really be leaving for an early summer vacation,...

LCPS Changes Grading Policy Due to Covid-19

Students will have an opportunity to improve their yearly grade by completing 4th quarter work.

By Morgan Fischer, Dominion High School

May 20, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic closing LCPS schools, the LCPS administration and school board decided to change how the 4th quarter would be graded as well as how final grades would work for students across the county. LCPS has been teaching its students through its Continuity in Education plan in which,...

The show must go on: virtual orchestra performance brings home the music

Instead of a Spring Concert, the SPA Orchestra recorded a virtual performance of Nessun Dorma. This photo was taken at the 2019 Pops Concert.

By Elle Chen, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

May 20, 2020

Stripped of one of the few chances a year that they get to perform and showcase their hard work, one could say the students and teachers participating in the Music Department had one of the biggest losses after transitioning to the Distance Learning Plan. Especially for students in the orchestra prog...

Paramedics handle COVID-19 with care

Every morning, paramedics check the ambulance. Wade Watson checks the monitor and does a defibrillator test to ensure it is working properly.

By Ava Hoezel, Stillwater Area High School

May 20, 2020

Long hours, weird schedules, little sleep, busy days, slow days and stressful intense work-- these are experiences paramedics encounter day to day. Now that COVID-19 has entered the United States, the job of paramedics has become even more difficult.  Like everyone else, paramedics' lives have changed...

EXCLUSIVE: Governor Beshear on reopenings, Class of 2020, anxiety, the future

Governor Andy Beshear talks with Manual RedEye reporters about various topics on Tuesday.

By Reece Gunther, KC Ciresi, Payton Carns, and Maddie Gamertsfelder

May 20, 2020

In an exclusive interview with Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Beshear indicated that he is focused on making every effort possible to allow students the opportunity to attend school in the fall. However, in-person instruction will look quite a bit different than it has in the past. “I want to do...

COVID-19 & BSM: An Oral History of Spring Semester 2020

Due to COVID-19, BSM sits empty as students attend school online.

By Reilly Rahill, Maggie Anderson, Flint Frohman, Jackie Bucaro, Brady Giertsen, Keegan Gustafson, Kaitlyn McTigue, Will Thompson, Sophie Ludwig, Cole DeChellis, Sydney Wilharm, Morgan Anderson, Elizabeth Valley, Grace Cochrane, Elena Latterell, Zach Carden, Claudia Scherer, Cooper Gay, Brady Wine, and Sam Best

May 20, 2020

This year, spring semester at Benilde-St. Margaret’s has looked a lot different. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely transformed the traditional school year, moving to a completely online platform. As everybody has adapted and coped with this drastic change, many have overcome different personal ch...

Physical Education classes make changes since students are working out at home

Sophomore Shelby Honda exercises at home. PE teachers have changed their curriculum to encourage at-home workouts.

By Kamm Kojima, Mid-Pacific Institute

May 20, 2020

Breaking out a sweat, students in Mid-Pacific physical education classes trade the weights, rackets and balls they might use in a regular class for items around their house. With Mid-Pacific moving to virtual learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic, teachers said they had to change their...

A virtual Ramadan

A virtual Ramadan

By Hayate Mustefa, West High School

May 20, 2020

You rush to a table full of food as soon as you hear the call to prayer. “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” (God is the greatest, God is the greatest) is all that echoes in your head as you break your fast with dates and sips of water. As your thirst becomes quenched and your veins moist, you turn to you...

Music despite distance

Due to social distancing, music students at home have been doing private lessons remotely at home. Louisa Hagen, freshman, prepares to video chat with her teacher through Zoom right before her private lesson.

By Jane Yu, Lake Zurich High School

May 20, 2020

The music never stops, even when concerts, shows, and performances do. Many students are keeping up with their private lessons at home by using various platforms such as Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom to interact with their teachers. “I think that especially during this time when we’re not singing...

‘I wish I had known that this would be the end’

Three members of the Iowa City West High Class of 2020 (from left) Brett Cherry, Kaitlyn Hansen, and Nolan Lounsbery.

By Hanah Kitamoto, Headliners in Education

May 19, 2020

Typically during this time of year, high school seniors could be seen wearing their caps and gowns walking across a stage, or being occupied with countless graduation parties to attend. However, this is not the case for the Class of 2020. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced in a press conference...

Playing Amid Pandemic

Capturing the Moment- In light of COVID-19, Mr. Norris put together a virtual concert that included every band member.

By Ethan Menning, Gretna High School

May 19, 2020

Victory after victory. That is the legacy and output of the band program, and this was thought to be interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure of school forced the band to cancel many of its competitions. “It has been difficult not seeing each other every day and making music,” band director...

Quarantine prompts students to switch up their hairstyles

With barber shops and hair salons closed, hair dyeing and cutting seems to be a popular activity for those stuck at home.

By Mareesa Islam, Granite Bay High School

May 19, 2020

With people unable to leave their homes due to the shelter-in-place mandate, many have found themselves feeling adventurous and experimental when it comes to switching up their physical appearance. For example, some have found that changing their hairstyle while in quarantine is a simple, yet significant...

In retrospect: Looking back on the 1918 influenza pandemic

People wait in line for flu masks in San Francisco in 1918.

By Victoria Tong, Richard Montgomery High School - MD

May 19, 2020

675,000. That is the number of Americans who lost their lives during the 1918 influenza pandemic—a number larger than all U.S. war casualties from World War I to the present day. As the death toll for COVID-19 continues to climb every day, there is no better time to look back on the deadliest disease out...

Boutwells seniors persevere through pandemic

Boutwells Landing resident Judy Rubertus sews masks for distribution around the community. Sewing a total of 500 masks is just one of the many ways Rubertus is managing to stay busy and involved.

By Sandy Liu, Stillwater Area High School

May 18, 2020

Throughout the community, people are forced to adapt to a new way of life. While some may be mildly inconvenienced by drive-by pick-ups, distance working or learning and the ever-present challenge of fervently sanitizing everything in sight, others face more dangerous, threatening adversities. Stories...

Southerner Podcast: Councilman Westmoreland talks COVID-19

Councilman Matt Westmoreland discusses city policy in reaction to COVID-19.

By Griffin Richie, Henry W. Grady High School

May 18, 2020

Although COVID-19 has forced many Atlantans to change how they live, go to school and work, the City of Atlanta has tried to utilize its resources in order to minimize the impact of the pandemic and uphold the common interests of its residents and the region. Councilman Matt Westmoreland, who is also...

Seniors grapple with unusual graduation, reflect on high school

Social distancing has seen the conclusion of in-person high school classes and events for the 2019-2020 school year. High school seniors, due to graduate in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, miss out on end-of-year traditions and ceremonies and face an uncertain future, but have also found time to explore new passions and reflect. Graphic by Shriya Vanparia

By Akansha Singh, Coppell High School

May 18, 2020

March 6 - the last day before spring break - was a day few Coppell High School seniors could have predicted would be their last day on campus. For the past two months, social distancing requirements have presented a new way of life. For CHS seniors, the last few months have been an unprecedented end...

Recruitment Roadblock

Kate Marano jumps onto the field playing lacrosse with her team.

By Davis Gutow, Greenhill School

May 18, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many select sports teams to cancel summer trips, tournaments and showcases, complicating the college search of some elite Greenhill athletes. Greenhill has many student-athletes who compete on club teams or select teams outside of school. These student-athletes spend...

Doctor explains how outside affects social distancing

Two people wearing face masks, a worker cleaning the Mary Tyler Moore statue and someone passing by, glance at each other in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

By Elizabeth Trevathan, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

May 18, 2020

Minnesota's current Stay at Home order expires May 17, then enters a "Stay Safe MN" strategy. The state recommends elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions to continue staying home due to statistics showing COVID-19 affects them more. Social distancing recommendations still apply to...

Faculty take different approaches to e-learning

Mr. Neverly using a Twitch stream yesterday to host a

By Francisco Avila, Mount Carmel High School - IL

May 18, 2020

Many believe that ever since the COVID-19 virus came out it primarily affects those working on the front lines, such as nurses, doctors, and paramedics but another group that has been affected is educators. With students being told to stay at home and school years being canceled, teachers around the g...

COVID-19 Quarantine Hinders Religious Observances

St. Louis Grace of the Nazarene in Ballwin, where the Lee family resides.

By Zara Tola, Marquette High School

May 18, 2020

While the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus has postponed many traditional events, these forthcoming weeks of quarantine include several religious observances the public can’t necessarily reschedule. Lent and Easter Quinton Durer, senior, said his ongoing observation of Lent has been slightly inhibi...

Environmental side effects

Social distancing and lockdown measures put in place due to COVID-19 are resulting in a series of environmental changes.

By Katherine Shoppa, West High School

May 18, 2020

In the past few months, the world has been turned upside down. There have been over 3.2 million COVID-19 cases worldwide and on April 27, the U.S. surpassed 1 million cases and became the country with the most people infected. Towns all over the world are deserted as governments have implemented “stay...

From the band hall to a COVID-19 hospital unit

In 2011, Lindsey Wagner was a Mac graduate set on studying to become an nurse at Stephen F. Austin University. In 2020, Wagner is a nurse battling COVID-19 on the front lines in Denver.

By Madelynn Niles and Alysa Spiro

May 18, 2020

Covered from head to toe in a pale blue gown, gloves, face shield and an N95 mask, Lindsey Wagner is only inches away from a coronavirus patient. The air is still. Uncertainty fills each corner. The soft, muffled chatter of the television across the room catches her attention. She turns. A news anchor,...

Wayland community unites to celebrate the class of 2020

Senior Fatma Sayeh poses in front of her decorations, prior to her celebration.

By Christina Taxiarchis, Wayland High School

May 18, 2020

The Wayland community has come together to participate in weekly parades celebrating the class of 2020. Each Saturday, from April 25 onward, WHS seniors and their families caravan around town to honor and acknowledge the class of 2020’s accomplishments. On March 12, the class of 2020 unknowingly...

Volunteers conduct mass COVID-19 antibody testing on campus

On May 2, Metroplex Medical Centres conducted COVID-19 antibody testing at Coppell High School. The drive-through testing administered 450 tests to Coppell residents, first responders, healthcare providers and essential workers.

By Avani Kashyap, Coppell High School

May 18, 2020

On May 2, in the midst of rain and 25 mph winds, volunteers spent their day conducting COVID-19 antibody tests at Coppell High School. The drive-through testing, organized by Metroplex Medical Centres, was for Coppell residents, first responders, health care providers and essential workers. Participants...

Driver’s Licenses on Hold Until COVID-19 Emergency Sanctions are Lifted

All DMV License appointments have been cancelled until further notice due to the stay-at-home order.  Photo courtesy of Google Images.

By Gabby Laurente, San Juan Hills High School

May 18, 2020

Student drivers have lost the opportunity to receive their license at the time of their scheduled DMV appointments. This is due to the cancellation of all behind the wheel sessions at the hands of the statewide stay-at-home order implemented on March 19th, 2020.  Many students turning sixteen this...

Potential online fall semester concerns Wayland’s future and current college students

After weeks of remote learning and canceled plans, colleges have to reckon with an unfortunate reality: the coronavirus might mean school campus closures during the fall semester.

By Jessica Reilly and Joanna Barrow

May 18, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is far from over, and its consequences might stretch farther than students initially thought: the 2020 fall semester is now in jeopardy. Depending on the status of COVID-19, schools may decide not to reopen their campuses. Though Boston University (BU) is currently planning...

Opinion: We need to stop complaining about quarantine

Many people have been feeling depressed since quarantine started. However, we have it better than a lot of people.

By Ethan Torban, Carlmont High School

May 18, 2020

As humans, one of our natural instincts is greed. When we lived in the caves, we had to be greedy to survive, as the ability to successfully hunt and gather determined whether one would live or die. However, now, humanity has a different kind of greed. In fact, we foster many types of greed, with...

Coronavirus pandemic impacts students’ mental health

During the coronavirus pandemic, there are many online resources available to help cope.

By Sara Marquez, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

May 15, 2020

Amid the chaos of siblings running around and the dog’s barking, students have to find a way to focus on their online work and get their assignments done before due dates regardless of the situation. “It is a bit more stressful having to do all my school work at home because it’s easy for me to get distracted easily,” junior Brenda Zaragoza said...

Home, (office) suite, home

NOTE-ABLE ENDEAVORS: My dad has a series of sticky notes covering one wall, a few windows, and the center table. There are many different moving parts to running a business and the simplest way to keep track of all these different factors is to write them down on sticky notes and put them in easy places to remind him. Systems like this are used frequently to improve work efficiency throughout many different industries but they are usually digitized; I have never seen anybody use actual sticky notes other than him. I don’t see how it is any better than just putting them into some form of “reminders” app but it seems to increase his productivity so I trust his process. Photo by Angus Sewell McCann.

By Thea Cahoon, Scarlet Craig, Carter Eason, Olive Embry, Megan McHorse, Georgie Murray, Angus Sewell McCann, Dave Winter, and Addison Phillips

May 15, 2020

The photojournalism students continue to capture complex images of the interplay of work and family during the COVID-19 pandemic. These candid moments reveal that striking a balance between work and family has been made more difficult during the coronavirus outbreak for a variety of reasons. Some families...

Stay-at-home athletes

Boaz Abramoff '22 lifts weights from home on May 11 as he prepares for football season this fall.

By Owen Aanestad, West High School

May 15, 2020

The spring sports season came to a sudden halt on March 16 when the Iowa City Community School District announced that they would suspend classes until April 13, preventing track and field’s upcoming meets and practices along with the other spring sports’ first practices. As school grounds cl...

Thursday night is the band’s night

Rebecca Friesen, KSD director of bands, plays with her son.

By Ava Duggin, Kirkwood High School

May 15, 2020

It’s 6 p.m. on a Thursday night in “the Wood.” Rebecca Friesen, KSD director of bands, would usually be in downtown Kirkwood enjoying the annual summer concert series. But tonight she stands on her front porch playing her clarinet, with her son playing his trumpet on her left. With concerts and...

High school camp counselors/campers fear camp cancellation

Every summer, senior Hallie Bachman goes to Camp Downer, a sleepaway camp in Vermont. “Camp means so much to me and it feels like a home away from home,

By Allie Nunn and Eliya Howard-Delman

May 15, 2020

As WHS officially comes to a close for the year due to the spread of COVID-19, summer plans become uncertain as is the decision of whether or not summer camps will remain open. Every year, hundreds of camps open up for the summer and are filled with students who could stay for a day or the entire summer....

Breaking down the surge in COVID-19 testing

Art by Emmy Pearson. 
Recently there has been an increase in COVID-19 testing in Minnesota, allowing for more cases to be confirmed in the state.

By Talia Lissauer and Maddie Schutte

May 14, 2020

Minnesota's new $36 million COVID-19 testing strategy has given rise to a new level of confusion surrounding the severity of the virus, the rate at which it spreads and what these numbers mean for the future.  This new plan has the capacity for up to 20,000 people being tested per day, rather than ...

SJS alum remembers 1946 polio outbreak that prompted School closure

The last time St. John's School closed due to public health concerns was in 1946 due to a polio outbreak.

By Abigail Poag, St. John's School - TX

May 14, 2020

Nearly 75 years before the COVID-19 pandemic would prompt the School’s longest unplanned closure to date, St. John’s faced another viral threat: polio.  On Nov. 6, 1946, the St. John’s Board of Trustees shut down the School for a 10-day quarantine after the second community member within one...

Project Face Shield

Completed face shields wait to be packaged and taken to the Office of Emergency Management. From there, they will be distributed throughout Columbia and St. Louis.

By Emma Baum, Clayton High School

May 14, 2020

For Bill Moore, the COVID-19 outbreak is a crisis. But it’s also an opportunity to use his experience to help his community. “I went to school to become an engineer because I wanted to help people… It’s something I have been working on my whole life, how can I help people and where can...

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