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Small businesses struggle to make ends meet as COVID-19 takes toll

Small business Orient Express has struggled financially throughout the pandemic
Cal students witness the effects of the pandemic on local stores
December 18, 2020

Every six weeks, sophomore Srinidhi Kanchi Krishnamachari pulls up in front of San Ramon Orthodontics for her routine appointment, finding herself in the solemn and sanitized office that has replaced the...

District divided on hybrid learning

This graphic, presented at the SRVUSD Board meeting, shows how many students changed their learning preferences for second semester.
Declaration results vary among schools, cities, and grade levels
December 18, 2020

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District requested last month that students declare if they intended to attend school in the second semester exclusively online or in a hybrid format. The results...

Remote learning raises concerns over cheating

Online learning has made it easier than ever for students to cheat on tests and quizzes.
Teachers adjust testing methods to maintain academic honesty
December 18, 2020

Remote learning may be the only opportunity for many students to continue their education at home, but the possibilities and different techniques it offers to students for cheating are endless. Cheating...

Remote learning affects arts and other hands-on classes

Cal High choir students performed virtually on Sunday at the Celebration of Christmas performance.
Student musicians, artists and interns struggle to get similar experience from online classes
December 18, 2020

Choir. Band. Ceramics. How do these hands-on classes work in an online format?  Classes such as English and math are arguably easier to transition to remote learning, but this is not the case for...

Students attempt to earn driver’s licenses during the pandemic

Lots of things have become tricky throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, including getting your driver's license! DMV customers must wait in a longer line because of social distancing guidelines, and appointments have to be made to attend.
In-person driving lessons and tests adopt new safety protocols
December 18, 2020

Sophomore Tasha Singh faced the DMV with a look of surprise.  The pandemic has completely changed the formerly crowded building. Caution tape separated the socially distanced individuals in the short...

Cal High’s first quarantined-inspired mental health advocacy club hopes to help students during global pandemic

Since school campuses closed in mid-March, many students have struggled to maintain their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.
InTouch organizers will host a Q&A with a music therapist on Friday, as well as other workshops and seminars throughout the course of the year
November 18, 2020

Of the 39.51 million people that call The Golden State home, more than 1 million people have been affected by the highly contagious coronavirus, which has made California the state with the second highest...

SRV student who had COVID-19 petitions district to delay reopening

San Ramon Valley High senior Nic Prescott tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 19 and has since created the Compassionate Reopening petition, which calls for the reopening of San Ramon Valley Unified School District campuses only when the district can ensure the safety of everyone.
Senior Nic Prescott thinks schools should wait to let students back on campus after his challenging experience with the coronavirus last month
November 10, 2020

Feeling nothing out of the ordinary on Oct. 17, San Ramon Valley senior Nicolas Prescott went about his normal routine by going to work and grabbing a bite to eat.  In the early morning hours of...

District gives students choice to stay remote or switch to hybrid learning

In a letter emailed to Cal High parents on Monday, Principal Megan Keefer included visuals of what a hybrid learning model would look like on campus.
A binding declaration must be submitted by Friday so schools can start preparing for a return to campus on Jan. 5
November 9, 2020

We are currently conducting an anonymous survey for students and teachers alike to collect opinions on the reopening of Cal in the next semester. Click here to access the survey. To go hybrid or to stay...

Students call for better representation in English curriculum

The classic novels “Of Mice and Men” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” - displayed here in Cal High's library - have the attention of some students, who are pushing for the district to remove them from the freshmen required reading list because they include offensive racial slurs such as the N-word and are deemed by some to be too discriminating.
Increased awareness to racial injustice spotlights derogatory terms in required books
November 6, 2020

Black Lives Matter is a movement that many people have heard of, but not many are aware of the effect this could have on the English curriculum.  Students from the district’s four high schools...

Are breakout rooms really beneficial?

Many students turn off their cameras while in Zoom breakout rooms, making it difficult for everyone to collaborate and communicate with classmates.
Teachers and students struggle to make this Zoom, Google Meet feature more engaging
November 6, 2020

Sophomore Praneeta Agrawal sat in silence and stared awkwardly at the black boxes and muted mics on her screen. She took it upon herself to start the conversation by essentially asking, “Hey guys, what...

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