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COVID-19 changes AP tests

COVID-19 changes AP tests

Anthony Furtaw ’21, Staff Writer

April 12, 2020

According to the College Board, in an effort to curb the rise of the virus but also protect the needs of the students, they are allowing AP tests to be taken online with multiple choice answers excluded. According to Justin Maccagnone ’21, a strictly free-response AP exam may be a lot more dif...

Missed school days legislation delayed

Eva McCord ’21, Supervising Editor-at-Large

April 12, 2020

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, over 160 countries have implemented strict, nationwide school closures, which has impacted over 87 percent of the world’s student population, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Yet, with the remote learning...

Stay-at-home order in effect

Stay-at-home order in effect

Evelyn Kuhnlein ’20, Business Manager

April 12, 2020

“This intervention is important to buy time, so that we can create surge capacity in our hospitals, so we can wrap up testing, and develop therapeutic drugs that lower hospitalization and fatality rates,” Governor Whitmer said in her address. She went on to say that even with this order, th...

5 things you may have missed this week

Sophia Fowler ’22, Copy Editor

April 12, 2020

1. Biden still leads in democratic delegate count- Empty debate audiences and pandemics won’t stop Former Vice President Joe Biden or Senator Bernie Sanders from going head-to-head in the 2020 Democratic Candidate race. According to the New York Times, on Tuesday, March 17, three states voted heavily...

Taking meals to go

Taking meals to go

Gabriela Dulworth ’22, Staff Writer

April 12, 2020

While schools all over the country closed and people begin to social-isolate because of the coronavirus, so did all the local restaurants. Restaurants were ordered to close their dining rooms by Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer. Nobody knows how long the COVID-19 strain will continue to force re...

Broken breaks

Maria Maraldo ’21, Staff Writer

April 12, 2020

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the United States, many students have been feeling the weight of its effects. School is closed until mid-April, along with almost all spring sports, concerts, restaurants, and stores until further notice. As a result of the temporary national shutdown, many...

Flattening the curve: What it means to socially distance

Flattening the curve: What it means to socially distance

Libby Flower '20, Supervising Editor at Large

April 5, 2020

Regan Sherry ’21 hasn’t left her house in over ten days. She and her family, like many other Grosse Pointe residents, have been socially distancing themselves due to increasing concerns around the coronavirus. According to Site Director of St. Joe’s Medical Group in Livonia and Doctor Erin Walton-Doyle,...

State lockdown causes struggles among local businesses

Erin Astfalk '21, Staff writer

April 3, 2020

The fast spread of COVID-19has left many unanticipated effects on our community. That may be closing of our schools indefinitely, closing of restaurants, or the need to social distance. However, there is one effect that was unexpected and very detrimental: the suffering of our local businesses. Nail...

Managing mental health while in isolation

Managing mental health while in isolation

Maren VanOsdol '22, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

In the span of less than a week, the lives of students have been turned upside down in many unpredictable ways. Despite the school closing and the continuing of learning, South's psychiatric staff is offering help to students while at home. “South counselors are also available, feel free...

District offers tech pick up to aid remote learning

Graphic by Eva McCord '21.

Just-Us Welch '20, Copy Editor

March 30, 2020

The closure of all K-12 Michigan schools was the beginning of many adjustments for students around the district. For some, the switch to remote-learning is just a little uncomfortable but for some, it opens a new host of barriers especially for families who have limited access to technology. The Grosse...

Gov. Whitmer: “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order ‘necessary’ to protect public health

Governor Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe order is slated to go through April 30. Small businesses deemed nonessential have been struggling especially. Photo from Wikipedia public domain.

Meghan Wysocki '22, Copy Editor

March 23, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced an executive order in a press conference at 11 a.m., Monday, March 23 that will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24 and allow citizens to leave their homes only if they work in ‘critical infrastructure’ services or engage in permitted activities,...

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