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The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

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The Mirror

LAUSD will drop indoor mask mandate

Despite 58% of teacher union members in Los Angeles voting to continue the indoor mask mandate, an agreement was reached between the union and the district to go mask-optional in schools.
By Shaan Bhatia, Online Editor-in-ChiefPublished Mar 20, 2022
Despite 58% of teacher union members in Los Angeles voting to continue the indoor mask mandate, an agreement was reached between the union and the district to go mask-optional in schools.
Senate bill 866 builds on existing law, which currently allows minors 12 and over to make choices about their bodies around healthcare.

California kids should call their own shots when it comes to getting the vaccine

A new proposed bill could give teens the opportunity to get vaccinated without parental consent
By Angelina Gevorgyan and Angelica VenturinaPublished Mar 12, 2022
A new proposed bill could give teens the opportunity to get vaccinated without parental consent
LAUSD has not put out a definite time for the end of the mask mandate.

LA County schools lift mask mandates starting March 12 but LAUSD holds firm

According to new LAUSD superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, the Los Angeles Unified School District will not be dropping its indoor mask mandate and will continue it for an indefinite period of time.
By Angelica Venturina, Print Editor-in-ChiefPublished Mar 9, 2022
According to new LAUSD superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, the Los Angeles Unified School District will not be dropping its indoor mask mandate and will continue it for an indefinite period of time.
The highly anticipated Winter Formal has been canceled

Winter Formal canceled due to rise in covid-19 cases

Because of an observable spike in covid-19 cases on campus following winter break, the Winter Formal event that would have replaced Homecoming has now been canceled by the Associated Student Body (ASB) in order to keep students and staff on campus safe.
By Angelica Venturina and Angelina GevorgyanPublished Jan 28, 2022
Because of an observable spike in covid-19 cases on campus following winter break, the Winter Formal event that would have replaced Homecoming has now been canceled by the Associated Student Body (ASB) in order to keep students and staff on campus safe.
The new omnicron variant increased cases after the hoidays.

In-person learning is putting students at risk

With the surge of covid cases due to the omicron variant, online learning seems like the most appropriate approach.
By Julianna Macfarlane, Staff WriterPublished Jan 25, 2022
With the surge of covid cases due to the omicron variant, online learning seems like the most appropriate approach.
The new Omnicron variant has brought a surge in cases, affecting even people with vaccines.

Over 300 positive covid cases reported on campus

As individuals return to campus for the start of the spring semester, recent reports of the numbers of positive covid-19 cases among students and staff members serve as explanation for the significant amount of noted absences.
By Angelina Gevorgyan, Print Editor-in-ChiefPublished Jan 17, 2022
As individuals return to campus for the start of the spring semester, recent reports of the numbers of positive covid-19 cases among students and staff members serve as explanation for the significant amount of noted absences.
NEGATIVE! At-home tests issued by the district are the newest approved form of baseline testing.

At-home covid testing kits now available to students and faculty

Regardless of vaccination status, the district made the decision to require students and faculty who are returning to campus to get a baseline tests covid-19 test from an approved testing side. Alternatively, at-home covid-19 testing kits issued by the district while also now be considered an approved form of testing.
By Shaan Bhatia, Online Editor-in-ChiefPublished Jan 7, 2022
Regardless of vaccination status, the district made the decision to require students and faculty who are returning to campus to get a baseline tests covid-19 test from an approved testing side. Alternatively, at-home covid-19 testing kits issued by the district while also now be considered an approved form of testing.
A nurse prepares a nasal swab covid-19 test for students and faculty on May 12, 2021 on campus in the quad.

Mandatory baseline testing and a new date to return to campus

Employees and students in Los Angeles County are expected to have a negative covid-19 test and follow the new health and safety protocols before stepping foot on campus next semester
By Angelica Venturina, Print Editor-in-ChiefPublished Jan 3, 2022
Employees and students in Los Angeles County are expected to have a negative covid-19 test and follow the new health and safety protocols before stepping foot on campus next semester.
Unvaccinated LAUSD students may no longer be barred from campuses Jan. 10 if the Board of Education votes to delay the vaccination deadline until the next academic year.

LAUSD may push back deadline for student covid vaccinations to fall 2022

The Board of Education will vote Tuesday whether to delay the vaccine mandate deadline until the Fall 2022 semester.
By Ani Tutunjyan, Executive Editor & Print Editor-in-ChiefPublished Dec 11, 2021
The Board of Education will vote Tuesday whether to delay the vaccine mandate deadline until the Fall 2022 semester.
Anti-vaxxers protest against vaccine mandates outside of LAUSDs main offices in Los Angeles.

500 LAUSD employees laid off after refusing to get vaccinated

The nearly 500 LAUSD employees who were terminated make up less than one percent of the district's 72,000 employees.
By Shaan Bhatia, Online Editor-in-ChiefPublished Dec 10, 2021
The nearly 500 LAUSD employees who were terminated make up less than one percent of the district's 72,000 employees.
According to the South Africa Center for Epidemic Response and Innovation, scientists say that there are about 50 different mutations. For reference, the Delta variant had about nine mutations in its genome.

Omicron: The newest covid-19 variant

While little is still known about the highly-mutated covid variant, it is believed to be less severe than the Delta strain according to preliminary evidence.
By Shaan Bhatia, Online Editor-in-ChiefPublished Dec 10, 2021
While little is still known about the highly-mutated covid variant, it is believed to be less severe than the Delta strain according to preliminary evidence.
The mask mandate will likely continue into next year for all Los Angeles residents.

Hopes for Los Angeles County to loosen mask mandate now unlikely

The county, although experiencing low levels due to vaccinations, will likely stay cautionary for a potential winter surge.
By Diana Zalmanov, Staff WriterPublished Nov 23, 2021
The county, although experiencing low levels due to vaccinations, will likely stay cautionary for a potential winter surge.
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