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COVID-19 Pandemic Brings Environmental Concerns to Attention

Castlewood State Park, in Ballwin, Mo.

Zara Tola, Social Media Editor

April 13, 2020

As medical experts dig into the details of the COVID-19 outbreak, a clear correlation between the degrading environment and the severity of illness has been made. In a Harvard press conference on climate change and health on Wednesday, April 8, medical experts explained that neglecting to take care of the...

RSD has implemented a new policy called “Hold Harmless”

Some teachers are using Exam login as a way to give out assessments.

Anika Talyan, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2020

RSD released an email Monday about their new grading policy called “Hold Harmless,” which has been implemented during the district’s closure due to COVID-19. This policy states Progress 2 grades will be locked in by Thursday and the grades will be re-evaluated at the end of the semester. If the...

District Prepares for Online Classes

District Prepares for Online Classes

Sarah Harris, Associate Editor

March 25, 2020

Tomorrow, all RSD students will return to school. However, the students will not be returning to their desks or seeing their classmates face-to-face as RSD will be utilizing online technology to deliver content. Dr. Shelley Willott, Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Support Services, said...

COVID-19 Quarantine Hinders Religious Observances

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

Zara Tola, Social Media Editor

March 25, 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 inhibited as...

Q&A: Dr. Mark Miles Discusses RSD COVID-19 Action

After the joint decision to close many major St. Louis County and City schools March 15, Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles compiled an individual message to the RSD community.

Lauren Pickett, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2020

Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles sent a message to the RSD community March 15 concerning the decision to close RSD schools, along with other major school districts in St. Louis County and CitY. Dr. Miles reflected on the district’s actions prior to and following the announcement.   Q: When did RSD consider closing schools or ...

RSD Extends School Closure Due to COVID-19

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. The coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Coronavirus cases are now confirmed in all 50 U.S. states and D.C., as reported by the Washington Post. The death toll in the United States from coronavirus now exceeds 100, and there are more than 6,200 confirmed cases in the U.S., according to the John Hopkins University data dashboard.

Lauren Pickett, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2020

Amid concerns regarding the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, 26 St. Louis County and City school districts will attempt to prevent the spread of the virus by closing schools and cancelling athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions starting March 18 and will preliminarily end April 3 ...

Student Wears Hazmat Suit In Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Student Wears Hazmat Suit In Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Zara Tola, Social Media Editor

March 15, 2020

Finn Griskauskas, junior, wore a hazmat suit to school Thursday out of concern for his health because of the epidemic. “We’re getting cases around the country. It’s crazy,” Griskauskas said. “News outlets are saying that it’s looking to get worse. Worse than it is right now. So I’m just...

Student Wins St. Louis Area Brain Bee

Sriharsha Guduguntla, junior, presents his trophy and stands with Viktor Hamburger Professor of Biology Dr. Erik Herzog, an organizer of the St. Louis Area Brain Bee at Washington University. Guduguntla said he will be working alongside Dr. Herzog in his internship at WashU for a laboratory research topic of choice.

Lauren Pickett, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

Sriharsha Guduguntla, junior, came out victorious against 52 other students representing 20 different local high schools in the tenth annual St. Louis Area Brain Bee (SLABB) held at Washington University Feb. 29. A brain bee mirrors a spelling bee as it is a competition to display one’s knowledge, no...

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