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Athletes adjust training during lockdown

Athletes adjust training during lockdown

By Jonathan Novak, The American School in London

April 3, 2020

Eight practices a week, 15 hours in the pool and three hours of general fitness.  Swimmer Lauren Brantley (’20) had been exercising at least that much every week since September.  However, on March 18, all of her practices got canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Brantley has been swimming...

School community adjusts with stay at home schedules

School community adjusts with stay at home schedules

By McKenzie Quirin, Altoona Area High School

April 3, 2020

As everyone knows the Coronavirus pandemic has affected thousands around the world. The increased spread of COVID-19 in the area has caused the community to be put on a stay-at-home order to all of Pennsylvania according to Governor Tom Wolf starting April 1.    With being put on a stay-at-home...

Welcome to ‘The Talking Point’

Welcome to ‘The Talking Point’

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School

April 3, 2020

Given that society is so different right now under COVID-19, the Boiling Point is offering a new way for the community to access our news coverage. Welcome to the Talking Point. The Talking Point will cover the ongoings at Shalhevet and around the globe, providing interviews with students, facu...

Listen in: Update on Rockwood’s Alternative Learning Plan

Listen in: Update on Rockwood’s Alternative Learning Plan

By Jack Weaver, Lafayette High School

April 3, 2020

Rockwood's Alternative Learning Plan (ALP) was implemented on March 26 as a way for students to stay connected to their classes and continue coursework. This past week, teachers have held virtual classes on Zoom and collected assignments on Canvas and Google Classroom. In this podcast, Digital Med...

Extended spring break is a time of knead

Extended spring break is a time of knead

By Lindsey Plotkin, McCallum High School

April 3, 2020

Whether it is due to stress, boredom, or as a hobby, many McCallum students turned to bread baking during the extended spring break caused by a worldwide effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The process for making bread is simple, and there are so many recipes on the internet...

Professional Sports Leagues Produce Alternate Content in Face of Pandemic

Professional Sports Leagues Produce Alternate Content in Face of Pandemic

By Vikram Joshi, WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - Austin

April 3, 2020

Since nearly every sports league in the world has canceled its regular games due to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, many regular viewers are stuck at home with an extra amount of time on their hands. Stepping in to fill that time slot are a few leagues - the National Basketball Association (NBA),...

FHN Family Shares How They are Facing COVID-19 Firsthand

FHN Family Shares How They are Facing COVID-19 Firsthand

By Madi Tierney, Francis Howell North High School

April 3, 2020

When senior Jesus DeLaPaz’s father was checked into the emergency room on March 24 with a fever and lower back pain, he didn’t know it would be the last time he would see his father before he was placed into a medically-induced coma. Jesus had his father checked into Mercy Hospital last week after...

COVID-19 leaves SCCC students unemployed

COVID-19 leaves SCCC students unemployed

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

April 3, 2020

The gyms are empty. The restaurants are empty. The streets are empty ... and wallets are empty. A global pandemic has caused a crisis in the personal lives of students in Liberal as some lose their job due to the COVID-19 outbreak. COVID-19 has caused many businesses to adapt to the Center for Disease...

Cox Communications Provides 60 Days of Free WiFi to Families in Need During COVID-19 Crisis

Cox Communications Provides 60 Days of Free WiFi to Families in Need During COVID-19 Crisis

By Claire Benson, Omaha Westside High School

April 3, 2020

With the recent closure of schools due to the COVID-19 crisis, students and teachers are being forced to continue their schoolwork online, at home. Westside Community Schools provides MacBooks to all middle and high school students as well as i-Pads for elementary school students, making it possible...

Shalhevet to delay decision on reopening in-person school until after Pesach, Rabbi Segal says

Shalhevet to delay decision on reopening in-person school until after Pesach, Rabbi Segal says

By Sam Rubanowitz and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

April 3, 2020

Shalhevet officials will defer a decision on whether to reopen on-campus school this year until after Passover, Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal said this week, adding that if things haven't changed by then, "in all likelihood," online-only classes would continue until the end of May. Asked whether...

Virus fears incite panic-buying, over storage of goods

Virus fears incite panic-buying, over storage of goods

By Isabel Link, The American School in London

April 3, 2020

“It seems to be something new every week,” Malachy Doherty (’21) said when describing products disappearing in stores. “At first, it was toilet paper, and all the hand sanitizer was gone,” he said. “Then, for a week, I couldn’t find a single egg anywhere. Now, it seems like canned goods.” ...

Seniors grapple with lost second semester

Seniors grapple with lost second semester

By Isabelle Lhuilier and Imogen Weiss

April 3, 2020

After reading the email that school would be closed until April 17 due to COVID-19, and likely long after that, Laura De Beer (’20) burst into tears.  “I started to cry immediately because the last Thursday that I had was such a bad day,” she said. “I didn't get to talk to as many people...

Behind the scenes during the school closure

Behind the scenes during the school closure

By Emily Forgash, The American School in London

April 3, 2020

Communication with the U.K. government The decision to close the school until April 17 was not based on instructions from the U.K. government, but was instead decided by the administration. However, Head of School Robin Appleby said that the school tracks advice from the government and stays in contac...

Class of 2020 struggles to cope with school shutdown

Class of 2020 struggles to cope with school shutdown

By Noelle Bencie, St. Stephen's Episcopal School

April 3, 2020

Among the many things COVID-19 has impacted this past month, the seniors, members of the Class of 2020, may be near the top of the list.  The school closure came as an expected shock to most students. The Upper School was supposed to remain open through the week of March 16th, however, due to the...

West Essex admin team: Despite COVID-19 challenges, ‘school is in’

West Essex admin team: Despite COVID-19 challenges, ‘school is in’

By Josie Berger, Danielle Schwartz, and Gabrielle Kesh

April 3, 2020

During these unprecedented times dealing with the coronavirus, students are left wondering the fate of their days left at West Essex this school year. As the impact of COVID-19 continues to escalate on a global scale, it is up to administrators to determine what the school’s next steps are. In a...

School closures raise concerns for low-income families

School closures raise concerns for low-income families

By Megan Neal, Piper High School - KS

April 3, 2020

Following Kansas governor Laura Kelly’s announcement for all K-12 schools to close for the remainder of the school year due to the COVID-19 virus, low-income families struggle to provide the same opportunities given at schools.  According to the Kansas Health Institute, over 48% of students get...

Businesses follow CDC guidelines, adapt to stay-at-home orders

Businesses follow CDC guidelines, adapt to stay-at-home orders

By Russell Li, St. John's School - TX

April 2, 2020

Streets are deserted and commercial parking lots lie vacant as businesses across Houston shut their doors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Houston, normally bustling with life, is eerily silent. Even before the number of COVID-19 cases in Houston hit double digits, business owners...

Spread of COVID-19 causes spring sports, activities to be canceled

Spread of COVID-19 causes spring sports, activities to be canceled

By Zoey Pudenz, Piper High School - KS

April 2, 2020

Tuesday, March 17 Governor Laura Kelly announced all K-12 schools would be closed for the remainder of the semester due to the outbreak of COVID-19. With the closing of all schools, cancellations of all spring athletics and activities occurred. According to athletic director Doug Key, KSHSAA decided to can...

A Global Look at a Pandemic

A Global Look at a Pandemic

By Payton DiSario, Ola High School

April 2, 2020

It is a pandemic, sweeping the world. What started in China and jumped to Italy is now hitting the United States with its full force. COVID-19 plagues even Henry County with fear and hysteria. People are scared, scrambling after toilet paper and hand sanitizer before they have even made it to shelves, but Ola is not the first, nor will it be the ...

The COVID-19 Pandemic, Through the Eyes of Four Students

The COVID-19 Pandemic, Through the Eyes of Four Students

By Brooklyn Chillemi, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School

April 2, 2020

Seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen: Every student at La Salle has been affected in some way by the coronavirus and the Digital Learning Days (DLDs) that La Salle has instituted due to the pandemic. To further understand how students are feeling about DLDs and the other effects of the COVID-19...

An Alumna’s Journey With COVID-19

An Alumna’s Journey With COVID-19

By Grace Aitken, San Juan Hills High School

April 2, 2020

SJHHS alumni and Stanford sophomore Olivia Fu’s journey with COVID-19 started with a minor sore throat. On Tuesday March 10, she woke up with an ache in her throat, then throughout the day she had the chills, a small bout of nausea, and some achy muscles.  After taking her temperature she discovered...

College Board pares down AP test format for 2020

College Board pares down AP test format for 2020

By Evelyn Griffin, McCallum High School

April 2, 2020

In response to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, traditional classes have been canceled for the foreseeable future, and online classes will start on April 6, but the administration has already stated that those classes are expected to cover much less material than would have been covered in the tradition...

COVID-19 in the US: What Went Wrong

COVID-19 in the US: What Went Wrong

By Dani Benavides and Sally Cho

April 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc in the United States. Many American lives have been disrupted, not just because of the virus itself, but because of the U.S. government’s incompetence in handling the outbreak. As dangerous as this pandemic is, shouldn’t a wealthy and powerful country...

Parents, teachers, students react to school closure for rest of school year

Parents, teachers, students react to school closure for rest of school year

By Kamryn Harty, George Lefkowicz, Dana Richie, and Elise Isakov

April 2, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools announced Wednesday that the school district would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.   APS made the decision in accordance with Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order to close all K-12 public...

COVID-19’s silent symptoms perpetuate need for precautions

COVID-19’s silent symptoms perpetuate need for precautions

By Steven Rissotto '20, ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL

April 2, 2020

Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert was preparing for another basketball game, or so he thought. Here was a professional athlete, 27-years-old, feeling completely healthy as he did before every event he competed in. It’s even possible he did even more push-ups than usual because the Jazz were in a tight race...

Campus closure extended; district switches to distance learning

Campus closure extended; district switches to distance learning

By Emily Borg, Annalee Gorman, and Allison Meirer

April 2, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, San Juan Unified Schools District has extended campus closures at least through May 1 and will begin online instruction on April 13. The district has been working to adopt a new style of instruction, called “Distance Learning,” that will allow students to...

TAHS Teachers React to Their ‘New Normal’

TAHS Teachers React to Their ‘New Normal’

By Mario Grugan, Tyrone Area High School

April 2, 2020

Everyone has been affected by this national crisis, and while teachers have not experienced mass layoffs like retail workers, or increased workplace danger like healthcare workers, they are facing one of the biggest challenges of their careers: scrambling to create a new curriculum and find new ways...

Seniors choose their futures without in-person visits

Seniors choose their futures without in-person visits

By Sophie Criscione, Granite Bay High School

April 2, 2020

In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the senior class of 2020 has had to sacrifice countless ‘lasts’ of high school, but this global crisis could also be affecting their future. For many seniors planning on going to a university next fall, the college decision process has been made exponentially...

Administration struggles amidst COVID-19

Administration struggles amidst COVID-19

By Audrey Menzies, Piper High School - KS

April 2, 2020

The recent escalation of COVID-19 has caused many people to adapt to a new temporary life of staying six feet apart at all times along with other out of the ordinary things. School administrators have had to change many things for themselves while also being leaders for hundreds of students.  “I...

Westside Community Schools Partners With Casseroles 2 Go To Provide Staff With Meals During COVID-19

Westside Community Schools Partners With Casseroles 2 Go To Provide Staff With Meals During COVID-19

By Peter Collins, Omaha Westside High School

April 2, 2020

Westside Community Schools teamed up with food distribution company Casseroles 2 Go to bring free casserole dishes to all Westside staff, including custodians, cooks and any other Westside employee on Thursday, March 26. These staff members were able to pick up casseroles at Oakdale Elementary School...

Students and faculty react to campus shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic

Students and faculty react to campus shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic

By Hannah Wyman, California University of Pennsylvania

April 2, 2020

On March 16,  President Geraldine M. Jones announced that Cal U would be finishing the remainder of the spring semester online and through distance learning due to the spread of COVID-19, a potentially serious respiratory disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This...

COVID-19 outbreak: What is this virus?

COVID-19 outbreak: What is this virus?

By Abigail Bell, Canyon High School - TX

April 2, 2020

Amarillo confirmed the first local cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, March 18. COVID-19 was identified as a new strain of the coronavirus in December 2019. COVID-19 fuses to epithelial cells, creating a respiratory infection with symptoms mirroring that of the common flu. The virus is categorized into four...

W.Va. health facility horror stories: “It feels like my safety doesn’t come first.”

W.Va. health facility horror stories: “It feels like my safety doesn’t come first.”

By Douglas Harding, Marshall University

April 1, 2020

Editor’s note: Some sources in this story agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity out of fear of repercussions regarding their employment. Amid the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, healthcare facilities across West Virginia are experiencing shortages of necessary masks and other essential...

Coronavirus transforms students’ studies abroad

Coronavirus transforms students’ studies abroad

By Hadley Steele and Gabby Shaffer

April 1, 2020

Students globally are being affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a variety of ways. Oregon schools will be out until at least Apr. 30, Japan has planned for a five-week closure and Italy has placed a full quarantine on its residents. Sophomore Luna Abadia has been in Japan on an exchange from...

Local businesses feel impact of global pandemic

Local businesses feel impact of global pandemic

By Maya Waid, Harrisonburg High School

April 1, 2020

As COVID-19 takes its toll on the globe, one of the most heavily impacted industries is the restaurant industry. As a result of people being advised to stay home and social distance, local businesses are experiencing a decrease in customer turnout. Beyond’s owner of 10 years, Praserth Seasow, has experi...

When Racism Goes Viral

When Racism Goes Viral

By Katie Golden, North Allegheny Senior High School

April 1, 2020

Even before the widespread emphasis on social distancing and state-suggested quarantines, I was nervous going out in public. But it was for a very different reason than you might expect. I had read about COVID-19, and I even created a model of the spread of the virus, using the program GLEAMviz and available...

CISD implements new pass or fail grading policy for fourth nine weeks

CISD implements new pass or fail grading policy for fourth nine weeks

By Akansha Singh, Coppell High School

March 31, 2020

Amidst a district-wide shift to online curriculum, Coppell ISD has changed grading practices such that final and three-week report cards will reflect either a passing or failing grade for the fourth nine weeks of school. This change applies to elementary and secondary campuses. Any assignment ave...

Most foreign exchange students return home

Most foreign exchange students return home

By Katie Darragh, Cathedral High School - IN

March 31, 2020

Due to its commitment to diversity, Cathedral is home to many foreign exchange students belonging to programs such as Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG) and International Experience (IE-USA). Admissions has also welcomed students without an agency through direct placement. However, due to recent...

School Closure Devastates Student Body

School Closure Devastates Student Body

By Janelle Camba, Kempsville High School

March 31, 2020

On March 23 Governor Ralph Northam announced a groundbreaking change that made students’ hearts drop: all Virginia schools would be closed for the rest of the academic year. After a mere week in quarantine, students had already expressed their boredom, looking forward to their return to Kempsville...

Woman spends her quarantine helping the homeless

Woman spends her quarantine helping the homeless

By Adila Azizali, Carlmont High School

March 31, 2020

The streets are empty. Since the COVID-19 epidemic hit the world, everyone is quarantining in their homes. However, the population of the homeless are forgotten. Having no place to stay or a proper support system, these individuals' suffer from no income. Considering this situation, many are donating...

Nonrefundable school events pose stress on students after COVID-19 cancellations

Nonrefundable school events pose stress on students after COVID-19 cancellations

By Heba Bounar, Granite Bay High School

March 31, 2020

Barely a month ago girls were frantically making arrangements for junior prom, spending weeks and typically a hefty amount of cash to find the perfect dress.  As events like prom only happen once throughout high school, many feel comfortable with investing a fair amount into them. What they didn’t...

All STAAR tests for 2019-2020 cancelled, graduation requirements changed

All STAAR tests for 2019-2020 cancelled, graduation requirements changed

By Faith Lawrence, James Bowie High School

March 31, 2020

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released information on Wednesday, March 18 regarding the 2019-2020 school year, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests and graduation requirements. On Monday, March 16, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the state would waive all STAAR ...

An unusually alert spring break

An unusually alert spring break

By Sarah Bernick, Davenport West High School

March 31, 2020

“Ahhhh-Chew!” A sneeze that would usually be recovered by a smile and a “bless you” has now turned into an uncertain look and the social distancing of another person.  COVID-19 is the most serious health threat that has faced the country in over 100 years, according to Dr. Robert R. Redfield,...

Self-isolation hurts high schoolers’ mental health

Self-isolation hurts high schoolers’ mental health

By Steven Curto, Mill Valley High School

March 31, 2020

Following Johnson County’s stay-at-home order, which went into effect Tuesday, March 24, students have been forced to stay home and limit their contact with others to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. With limited social contact and self-isolation many high school students have seen their...

Bakeries adjust to bring joy during COVID-19

Bakeries adjust to bring joy during COVID-19

By Amber Chia, Carlmont High School

March 31, 2020

The sweet smell of vanilla, apricot, and almond wafts through the crisp morning air in San Francisco, California. A woman beams as she walks out of Dianda’s Bakery with her daily order of an apricot twist. She smiles and thanks the owner, Floyd Goldberg, for staying open during the intensive circumstances.  ...

The FHS Sports Showcase (March 26, 2020)

The FHS Sports Showcase (March 26, 2020)

By Nate Albin and Fletcher Haltom

March 31, 2020

In this episode, quarantined Fletcher and Nate talk about the coronavirus. They discuss its effect on sports, how the IHSAA and other leagues will move forward and have an exclusive interview with sophomore track and field athlete Kate Baumgartner about staying ready for competition during the break. Thi...

COVID-19 Affects Student-Athletes Now and for the Future

COVID-19 Affects Student-Athletes Now and for the Future

By Katelyn Newton, Rio Americano High School

March 31, 2020

Varsity track and cross country athlete Ross Gowan has been working for years toward a spot on a Division I collegiate team. But now, as COVID-19 has closed schools and ended the track season, the senior lost his final opportunities to catch the eye of recruiters. “I've been training very hard...

COVID-19 perspectives from around the world

COVID-19 perspectives from around the world

By Amelia Jáuregui and Sarah Boutouis

March 31, 2020

What started off in Wuhan, China in late 2019, is now a global pandemic impacting people everywhere. To get an idea of what is happening in other areas, Wingspan reached out to students across America and around the world for this Special Report providing global perspectives on COVID-19. United...

Students return home as Universities shut down

Students return home as Universities shut down

By Drew Jurek, Stillwater Area High School

March 31, 2020

When college freshman, Chester Hearne, heard the University of Minnesota would institute an extension to spring break, he was happy. An extension in his mind meant he would be able to spend more time relaxing with his family and be able to pursue his interests without worrying about school. However,...

QuaranTeens: The Effects of Social Isolation

QuaranTeens: The Effects of Social Isolation

By Osaivbie Uhunmwuangho, Lake Ridge High School

March 31, 2020

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease, schools across the globe have shut down and moved to online classes. The contagious disease has medical professionals encouraging the idea of isolating oneself from socializing in the form of physical interaction. Toward the end of spring break, Mansfield...

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