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What is COVID-19’s impact on the environment?

The decrease in transportation emissions has been a positive environmental impact as normally busy streets like Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just south of the UT campus have been virtually devoid of traffic. Photo by Henry Winter.

By Lucy Marco, McCallum High School

May 11, 2020

You may have heard that the pandemic has been good for the environment, cleaning up the canals in Venice as one example and basically allowing the Earth to heal while the humans are all cooped up indoors. That's a popular narrative throughout the world, but determining whether these changes are positive...

Hold students harmless: Park moves to pass-no credit system

Art by Sophie Livingston. Park moved to a pass-no credit grading system for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year May 1. According to Principal Scott Meyers, percentages this semester will not affect student's grade point averages and the passing grade is 60%.

By Marta Hill, St. Louis Park High School

May 11, 2020

With schools closed across the state for the rest of the school year, Superintendent Astein Osei said Park decided to move to a pass-no credit grading system. “At this point in time in our country, people are under some tremendous stress and we're just under the belief that this period alone does...

Coronavirus is a feminist issue

If they were paid for their domestic labor, women would add over ten trillion dollars to the economy. That’s more than the 50 biggest global companies combined.

By Morgan Weir, Millard West High School

May 11, 2020

Coronavirus is exposing inequalities among different socioeconomic statuses, including race, class and, although it isn’t as commonly acknowledged, gender. Most of the major federal and state recovery plans, even those that are trying to remedy inequalities among race or class, don’t say a word about...

Brock employees receive support from Paycheck Protection Program

Chairs stacked on the tables in the Cameron A. Mann dining hall. Brock employees, who staff the dining hall, were laid off on March 30 and had to file for unemployment. They are now beginning to receive stimulus from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

By Logan Schiciano, The Masters School

May 11, 2020

Over 50 days since The Masters School closed on March 9, the Masters dining hall staff received their first paychecks from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Friday, May 1. General Manager Lee Bergelson was notified April 19 that Brock and Company, Inc., the school’s dining services company,...


A professor at Peking University in China uses an online educational system to teach physical chemistry classes

By Kaitlyn Tran and Vivian Chen

May 11, 2020

COLLEGE/TESTING: As COVID-19 sweeps the nation, college students have been forced to experience the severe measures of abruptly evacuating campus and transitioning their university environment and curriculum to online school. Kimberley Tran, an undergraduate freshman at Princeton University, details h...

Animal shelters adjust to the shelter-in-place order

Animal shelters adjust to the shelter-in-place order

By Brandon Moon, Carlmont High School

May 11, 2020

During the shelter-in-place order in this period of COVID-19, many animal shelters necessitate a change to retain the quality of life for the animals that are housed in these private shelters. Despite the changes made, the community they serve reciprocated the love and support the pets need. Feature...

East students from all different grades share their perspectives on the closure of school

Students from all different grades have different perspectives on the closure of East.

By Alexa Atlas, Cherry Hill High School East

May 11, 2020

A year ago, if someone told you that you would not have to attend in-person classes, you would be able to sleep in as late as you wanted every morning and you would be able to do whatever you wanted every day, you would be over the moon. As a matter of fact, most students were thrilled when they first...

Students go nocturnal during shelter-in-place

Students find that the days melt together during this shelter-in-place order.

By Angela Deanne Paloma, California High School - CA

May 11, 2020

Now that she doesn’t have to worry about waking up early for school, senior Kaithlyne Nguyen lets herself stay up a little bit longer, playing “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”. Hours later, her eyes finally close as the sun rises. When Nguyen finally wakes up, she realizes she has slept well...

COVID-19 causes challenges for Special Education staff and students

Cate Lopez, Lincoln’s Speech and Language Pathologist, believes Special Education (SpED) students are doing well adapting to online learning. But challenges remain.

By Cate Bikales, Lincoln High School - OR

May 11, 2020

The Special Education (SpED) program at Lincoln is already at a disadvantage with a smaller teaching staff compared to other PPS schools. Now, during the quarantine, students may be falling even further behind.  Currently, Lincoln students attend two one-hour classes from Monday through Thursday...

How the community is responding to COVID-19

Students, essential workers and more are interviewed in this documentary.

By Monserrat Perez, Downers Grove South High School

May 11, 2020

This story was originally published on Blueprint on May 8, 2020.

Behind the Zoom screen: How teachers are coping with remote learning

With COVID-19 causing face-to-face learning to be cancelled for the rest of the year, many teachers now communicate with their students via video chats.

By Sarah Barber, Downers Grove South High School

May 11, 2020

There’s no denying how much COVID-19 has altered the world we live in-- from working and learning online to being unable to see loved ones, this is an unprecedented time. In District 99, the majority of the focus has been on how well the students are coping; however, it’s important to recognize the...

Signs of Compassion and Congratulations

In the chilly morning hours of a Thursday in quarantine, a volunteer army of NA staff members set out to lift the spirits of the graduating class with a surprise delivery to each home.

By Meg Rees, North Allegheny Senior High School

May 8, 2020

I was getting ready to sit down yesterday for lunch when the doorbell rang. The last thing I expected to find at my front door was my first-semester Philosophy teacher, Mr. Pirring, wearing a face mask and holding a graduation yard sign for me. Teachers, staff, and volunteers from NASH were busy roaming...

Johnson & Johnson announces the preparation of a COVID-19 vaccine

Johnson & Johnson announces the preparation of a COVID-19 vaccine

By Makinsey Drake, Parkway West High School

May 8, 2020

In the midst of a deadly public health crisis, medical device company Johnson & Johnson announced Feb. 11 that they’ve made plans to develop a vaccine and a commitment to supply 1 billion vaccines worldwide for emergency use. COVID-19 is a combination of viruses Johnson & Johnson has dealt wi...

Cash, Community, COVID-19: Is Archer economically impacted by the novel coronavirus?

A liquor store in Sheffield, UK posts a sign reminding customers to social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although businesses that provide essential services like food or healthcare are permitted to stay open, millions of people, including members of the Archer community, face financial uncertainty and job insecurity.

By Rio Hundley and Vaughan Anoa'i

May 8, 2020

Although students switched to remote learning on Tuesday, March 17, quarantine could not protect all members of the Archer community from the spreading influence of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Along with a downturn in the stock market and nationwide grocery shortages, individuals, families and organizati...

Coronavirus across the country

Sophomore Sebastian Accetta, halfway through a 74 mile bike ride during quarantine. Sebastian has been focusing on physical and mental health during this time by getting outside and spending time with his family.

By Gabby Shaffer and Hadley Steele

May 8, 2020

The Cardinal Times interviewed students around the country about their experiences during the Coronavirus pandemic. Across the country, students are moving to online learning and a new way of life. Read more about how students in other states are living during the pandemic.  NEW YORK Carrie Ortner, ...

How COVID-19 will affect seniors now and in the future: ‘Bearly News’ podcast, Episode 4

How COVID-19 will affect seniors now and in the future: ‘Bearly News’ podcast, Episode 4

By GBTV Media staff and staff

May 8, 2020

Hosts Ransom Allen and Ashley Yung interview Matthew Wilson, a senior at GBHS, about how student life is changing with social distancing, college and online classes, and the class of 2020 missing out on senior traditions. Find us on Spotify and Anchor. This story was originally published on G...

Student workers risk Covid-19 while keeping economy steady

Braden Weinel cuts a pizza at work while wearing a face mask during the Covid-19 outbreak.

By Braden Weinel, Linganore High School

May 8, 2020

The days are routine:  wake up late, video games, exercise, take a nap, talk to friends. Students in Frederick County, Maryland have been conducting distance learning from the comfort of their homes for more than a month. Many students, however, are taking on extra shifts and working longer hours...

Students foster pets during quarantine to support shelters

Lounging together, Junior Ellie Bible’s four new foster puppies enjoy the outdoors in a deck chair. Bible and her family decided to foster Boxer and Cocker Spaniel mix puppies to help support the shelters during the pandemic.

By Mia Folkers, James Bowie High School

May 8, 2020

Opening your front door, you watch as a new puppy curiously runs to explore every room in the house. As its small paws quickly travel into your room, you imagine the millions of pictures and memories that are in store for you and your temporary pet. With the excitement building in your chest, you decide...

COVID-19 policies interfere with sports and extracurriculars

COVID-19 policies leave track empty as training and games for spring sports are put to a halt. All other school activities can similarly not meet in person.

By Viktoria Wulff-Andersen, Danbury High School

May 7, 2020

On Mar. 12, the Danbury Public School District announced that all Danbury Public Schools would be closed indefinitely in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. While many students left school on that day with uncertainty, some students left school with concern and frustration. These students were involved...

Alumnus Dr. James Forsen prepares to battle COVID-19

Standing at the top of the hill, alumnus James Forsen smiles for the camera. Forsen has not been treating COVID-19 patients, but it is likely that more health professionals will be needed on the front lines. “I think everybody is stepping up to their roles. I cannot say I have been on the front lines, so this week, I may be and probably will be,” Forsen said. “So far, I haven’t spent time in the emergency room, and I have not spent time in the ICUs. That’ll probably change this week [because] I think everybody realizes there is a risk to it.”

By Ridwan Oyebamiji, Parkway West High School

May 7, 2020

As the magnitude of COVID-19 increases, alumnus Dr. James Forsen prepares, as many other healthcare professionals have, to battle a global pandemic. From a young age, Forsen knew he wanted to be a doctor. To pursue his dream of becoming a healthcare provider, Forsen attended Princeton University and Washington University...

Student Instagram account celebrates Class of 2020; District 99 community supports seniors during COVID-19

@dgsgraduates2020 is an Instagram account created by senior Samantha Simmons in order to celebrate her peers.

By Jacob Casella, Downers Grove South High School

May 7, 2020

With DGS seniors unable to celebrate their future plans in the classroom due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent school closures, senior Samantha Simmons has made an Instagram account with the username @dgsgraduates2020 to help celebrate her peers. “I made an account which allows DGS senio...

Student documentary: Family makes masks during Covid-19

Andrew Calek and his family make masks during Covid-19 for the community.

By Andrew Calek, Downers Grove South High School

May 7, 2020

This story was originally published on Blueprint on May 6, 2020.

Bridging the Homework Gap in a Crisis

The homework gap impacts millions of students nationwide, and this impact is intensified by the transition to virtual learning.

By Maya Sivakumar, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

May 7, 2020

As a pandemic rampages across the country, schools are attempting to find new ways to teach the curriculum rather than in a traditional classroom setting. A common way they are doing this is by turning to virtual learning. Students are now learning online from their homes, but the public often overlooks...

Students prepare for new AP exam format

The Advanced Placement exams are scheduled to take place from May 11-22.

By Maribella Ambrosio, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

May 6, 2020

The College Board’s announcement about the online structures for this year’s Advanced Placement exams (AP) has caused frustration among students who wonder if they’re prepared enough for these exams. “The thing I’m most worried about is not being prepared enough. All of the online classes,...

Balancing work and family in COVID-19 times

FINDING A PLACE TO WORK: My dad's an architect, and since the stay-at-home order, he hasn't been able to go into his office. Because our house is small, he built himself a desk in his room, so he could have his own space to work. He's always very resourceful, so he was able to build a desk out of an old art table and some pieces of wood he had lying around. Photo by Kate Boyle.

By Evie Barnard, Kate Boyle, Lily Brode, Emily Cormack, Sophia Dawson, Olivia Escalante, Anna Garcia, Ava Medina, Thomas Melina Raab, Esme Moreno, Dylan Neal, Lydia Reedy, Angus Sewell McCann, Regan Sims, Zoe Tanner, Camille Wilson, Lily Wilson, Annabel Winter, and Dave Winter

May 6, 2020

In this week's #TuesdayTop10, we are pleased continue our series of COVID-19-themed photo essays from the photojournalism students' WRKxFMLY project images. This week's collective photo essay explores how families are creating work spaces at home since they are not able to go into work because their...

Stitching for safety

Coppell freshman Jacob Hahm and his brother Connections Academy junior Joshua wear masks and display the Korean symbol of love. Over six weeks, the Hahm family has made and donated more than 2,000 masks to local hospitals to help medical professionals during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Shivi Sharma, Coppell High School

May 6, 2020

Doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients across the country are grappling with a severe lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and many are forced to use the same face masks for multiple days. For Coppell freshman Jacob Hahm and his family, hearing about the shortages inspired them to...

Companies strive to help victims of COVID-19

Manufacturing companies are shifting focus to produce supplies and aid front line workers for COVID-19.

By Isabelle Nunes, Carlmont High School

May 6, 2020

As people struggle to adjust with the confinements of quarantine, hospitals are increasingly overwhelmed and undersupplied, while small businesses scrambled to keep afloat. Ultimately, COVID-19 has created one of the most disastrous financial and public health crises the world has ever seen. In the...

Stimulus package disappoints those who need it most: students with disabilities

Remote learning has caused special needs students to lose a critical part of their education: in-person interaction with their teachers.

By Daniela Wise, Dougherty Valley High School

May 6, 2020

Students with disabilities — perhaps some of the most vulnerable individuals in the education system — could be disadvantaged in the COVID-19 stimulus package, as Congress provided Secretary of Education Betsy Devos with the right to provide waivers for IDEA implementation. According to the U.S....

Students find new ways to celebrate birthdays during quarantine

Freshman Charlie Johnson and sophomore Sammy Johnson are holding birthday balloons in the back of the car as a parade of cars go by honking and blasting music for Charlie's birthday. During this birthday celebration, many friends and families gathered to make the day special. “It’s a nice gesture to do by driving by,  and should definitely be done for celebrating a person's birthday during quarantine,” Luke Caples said.

By Lauren Medeiros, Wayland High School

May 6, 2020

In spite of new social distancing measures that have been enforced by the government, members of Wayland and surrounding towns have found creative ways to celebrate the birthdays of friends and family members during this unprecedented time. These celebrations typically consist of driving by a friend’s...

Foreign Exchange students return home early

Mariu Bertolo poses with other exchange students from Spain at the Chicago airport before her flight home on Mar. 27. Bertolo's parents were not allowed to pick her up from the airport and she had to be self-quarantined in her home in Spain for two weeks after arriving.

By Sara Geiger, Kingwood Park High School

May 6, 2020

Foreign exchange students Cindy Schiller, Mariu Bertolo and Clara Schulze spent their junior years at Kingwood Park. The girls were supposed to fly back to their home countries in early June, but nothing worked out quite as planned.  "At first I wasn't worried; I didn't have much information and...

COVID-19 is exposing inequities

COVID-19 is impacting underserved communities the hardest in Saint Louis and across the country as a result of historical inequities.

By Ulaa Kuziez, Parkway West High School

May 6, 2020

As health departments in Saint Louis City and County release COVID-19 data about cases and deaths relating to race and ethnicity, it has become clear that the burden of cases is falling heavily on communities of color.   As of  May 4, 38% of the deaths and 30% of positive cases in Missouri were bla...

HHS alum tests positive for COVID-19, takes precautions to protect others

From left to right, Allen's boyfriend Edward Santiago and her have lived together for the past two years. After testing positive for COVID-19 last month, Allen has taken precautions to protect her son, Lyam Santiago (middle) and her boyfriend while they all have been living under the same roof.

By Karleigh Gentry, Harrisonburg High School

May 6, 2020

2016 HHS alum Kyra Allen, 22, recently tested positive for the Coronavirus after showing symptoms at Cargill, where she works. “Monday Apr. 13, I had arrived at work and was not feeling my normal self,” Allen said. “I had chest pains and felt nauseated and that wasn’t normal, [so] I saw the nu...

“We have bills to pay”: Local businesses struggle during pandemic

Clove and Cedar, a local coffeeshop, lets customers purchase boxes of coffee with fix-ins for donation to hospital staff, firefighters and police officers.

By Meera Shroff, Walt Whitman High School

May 6, 2020

In 2012, a couple of months after Jennie Yu (‘18) and her family moved from upstate New York to Bethesda, her parents bought Firehouse Deli, which Yu describes as being between a convenience store and a small restaurant, from its previous owners. The family-run business has only one other employee...

Blue light glasses in high demand as screen time spikes

Brian Wolfson examines a pair of blue light glasses. These glasses are becoming more popular as schools and businesses shift to online platforms; they help protect the eyes from blue light, which can cause eye discomfort when exposed for long periods of time.

By Sabrina Wolfson, The Masters School

May 6, 2020

As the chaos of the coronavirus has continued to spread, school communities have been forced from their campuses, leaving students and teachers to explore the complexities of “virtual learning.” Consequently, the number of hours that students spend on their screens has practically doubled, propelling...

Self-Isolation and Mental Health: COVID-19 furthers anxiety

With WHS approaching its eighth week of quarantine, students are beginning to feel more stressed, anxious and depressed. Reporters Taylor McGuire and Caterina Tomassini talk with fellow students to learn more about mental health and quarantine.

By Caterina Tomassini and Taylor McGuire

May 5, 2020

Now that members of Wayland High School have been quarantined for over a month, many are starting to grow restless, bored or tired of the constant self-isolation. Although some are finding ways to entertain themselves through exercise, baking or art, many are finding themselves struggling with their...

U.S. Gun sales spike amid pandemic

A man is shooting coronavirus cells with a firearm. Since the initial outbreak of coronavirus in the United States, firearm sales have increased at rapid speeds. Ammunition storefronts have been ruled by many states as

By Sophie Grand, The Masters School

May 5, 2020

In the month of March alone – following the domestic emergence of the novel coronavirus – gun sales in the United States skyrocketed as Americans purchased almost two million weapons, according to released FBI statistics. Federal data indicated a 41 percent surge in the number of National Instant...

Commencement postponed, supplemented with virtual “celebration”

The Class of 2020 won't have a traditional graduation ceremony on May 20 as planned. The district hopes to hold commencement later in the year but is planning a virtual

By Katherine Esterl, Henry W. Grady High School

May 5, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools commencement ceremonies are “officially on” but postponed until late July or later, according to Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen. The district hopes to find a date when large social gatherings will be permitted under the Georgia Department of Health and Centers for...

Instead of learning from Italy’s coronavirus experience, the United States has replicated it

While still practicing social distancing, the neighbors of the author's aunt, Nella Pirruccio, sing

By Mia Terminella, McCallum High School

May 5, 2020

In the first of a two-part series, senior Mia Terminella writes about how her international relatives are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in their home nations.  “Only one time before have I saw St. Peter’s Square completely empty. It was two years ago. During my freshman year of college,” my cousin Carla said. “Guilio and I...

Online learning brings new challenges and opportunities

With productivity behaviors changing, remote learning has posed new problems for educators and students alike.

By Anvi Vasa and Jade Wang

May 5, 2020

Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, schools across the country have switched from face-to-face instruction to online learning, which can affect students’ mental health and productivity in various ways. To meet social distancing expectations and health guidelines, schools closed their doors rapidly...

Distance teaching: Educators adapt to a new work and home dynamic

Distance teaching: Educators adapt to a new work and home dynamic

By Andrew Ghazouli, Carlmont High School

May 5, 2020

As teachers change their lesson plans to best accommodate their students during distance learning, many of them also have to adjust to other challenges and responsibilities that come with their new routine. This story was originally published on Scot Scoop News on April 23, 2020....

News Analysis: What are Your Rights?

Private First Class Jose Rivera assists with traffic control at the University at Albany COVID-19 Drive-thru Test Site in support of the New York National Guard’s domestic operation in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

By Emerson Wormald, Powell High School

May 5, 2020


Common App vs. Coronavirus

From the uncertainty of campus visits to the cancellation of test dates, juniors will likely have to adopt new approaches to the upcoming college application season.

By Lucie Flagg, North Allegheny Senior High School

May 5, 2020

Like many 11th graders this year, junior Will Palicki had a trip scheduled over spring break to tour college campuses. But then the pandemic arrived. “I have always been pretty stressed about college,” said Palicki. “But the fact that I cannot visit these schools makes me especially nervous...

I am not a virus

WSS Intern Soomin Koh '23 discusses the rise of racism towards Asians in the era of COVID-19.

By Soomin Koh, West High School

May 5, 2020

It’s a Sunday afternoon, and my dad returns home with a load of groceries after a trip from the store. With a sullen look etched on his face, he sets the bags on the kitchen countertop. I ask him about his day, and he responds with nothing but a dispirited smile. After repeatedly imploring him for...

Quarantine has dramatically altered our sleep schedules

The effects of staring at a screen throughout the day, combined with the constant bombardment of coronavirus-related news has made it increasingly difficult for students and faculty to maintain a normal sleep schedule.

By Kate Sibery, The Masters School

May 4, 2020

The anxiety of living through a global health crisis coupled with the increased flexibility within our daily schedules is changing sleep habits. Insomnia, or the general inability to fall asleep, is not uncommon, and is usually a short-lived issue, but, for many, living right now in a world shrouded...

How to stay zippy with Zoom

Extended periods of screen time can exacerbate the psychological challenges brought by the physical limitations of sheltering-in-place. “Making sure that we get away from that two-dimensional and [move] into that three-dimensional [is important],” counselor Lori Kohan said.

By Sara Yen, The Harker Upper School

May 4, 2020

An entire day’s worth of staring at your laptop screen weighs on your slumped back, cramped neck and moistureless eyes. The 10-minute passing periods, which you spend fixated on your phone screen, do not aid your afflictions. The conditions of social distancing amid COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders...

The “Chinese Virus”- How the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting Asian Americans across the United States

An Asian mother and a kid wearing masks in the picture.

By Tiancheng Fan and Seraphina Corbo

May 4, 2020

A cold glare, being spat on, or even being violently attacked. This is the reality that thousands of people of Asian descent are experiencing amid the Coronavirus pandemic. While not many people were concerned for their safety, in the beginning, millions are now out of school or unemployed, not leaving...

Athletes reflect on careers during lost spring sports season

Senior Ethan Harper runs a 400 meter dash at Wilson during his junior year.

By Cole Pressler, Lincoln High School - OR

May 4, 2020

The 2020 spring sports season will forever be remembered as the one that could have been. For senior Ethan Harper, a canceled spring sports season means a lost opportunity for a state title. Harper was the Portland Interscholastic League’s 800-meter champion in 2019, and he had high hopes for this...

As coronavirus cases surpass 12,000 in LA County, students navigate racial disparities, information and safety

N95 respirator masks are a popular option for safeguarding against contracting the coronavirus while outside. N95 masks offer more protection than surgical or woven masks. Omar Rashad/The Union

By Omar Rashad, El Camino College

May 4, 2020

With officials confirming thousands of new coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County every week, El Camino College students are navigating disparities and figuring out how to stay safe and informed. “It’s like playing a game of tag and you don’t know who’s it and you won’t know until it’s t...

Counselors take measures to curb anxiety amid COVID-19

Junior Emily Reish and counselor Jeff Strowe meet for a virtual counseling session. Administrators and counselors teamed up to check on students, using home visits, text messages to parents, chromebook drop-off and encouraging videos.

By Isabella Abraham, Prosper High School

May 4, 2020

During this unprecedented pandemic and e-learning situation, counselors have taken steps to assist students with mental health concerns. From setting up supportive counseling Google Classrooms for each grade to providing one-on-one video sessions for individuals, counselors continue to work to...

Struggling to reach containment

Doctors like Monica Olivier urge people everywhere to stay home for their health.

By Andrea Plascencia, Lewisville High School - TX

May 4, 2020

COVID-19 has been the epitome of destruction for the past month. With a constant uncertainty surrounding the illness, life for individuals everywhere has come to a crashing halt. The virus, seeping itself into every aspect of life, has rendered countless people unemployed and students struggle to adapt to...

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