The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

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The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

Van Nuys High School
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, Current Events/Features EditorPublished January 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 January 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, Current Events/Features EditorPublished January 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 December 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 December 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 December 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 November 23, 2021
The county, although experiencing low levels due to vaccinations, will likely stay cautionary for a potential winter surge.
Vaccination stations set up in the small gym allow for students and adults to get vaccinated ON campus safely.

Covid vaccinations required for in-person learning next semester

Vaccines are mandatory! Students planning on returning to campus after winter break must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 10, 2022, in accordance to district guidelines.
By Shaan Bhatia, Online Editor-in-ChiefPublished November 19, 2021
"Students 12 years or older must receive both shots of the Pfizer vaccine. For those 18 or older, alternative vaccines offered by Johnson & Johnson (which only requires one shot) and Moderna (which requires two shots) are also acceptable. "
A winter wonderland:  In reference to prevalent public speculation regarding the postponed Homecoming Dance, it has been confirmed that the event is being altered into a Winter Formal planned to take place in February.

Update: Homecoming Dance is now the Winter Formal

What would have been the Homecoming Dance has now turned into a Winter Formal which will take place Saturday, Feb. 5 in the big gym.
By Angelina Gevorgyan, Current Events/Features EditorPublished November 11, 2021
Mr. Ferrin expresses confidence in the successful occurrence of this event since it is planned to take place after the LAUSD vaccine mandate.
“They are postponing it, not canceling it,” Ferrin said, emphasizing the prospect of the dance taking place at a later point in time.

The Homecoming Dance is still happening … just not yet

Students received new updates and answers to their burning questions regarding the indefinite Homecoming dance postponement during a meeting at lunch on Monday organized by ASB advisor Mr. Ferrin.
By Angelica Venturina, Current Events/Features EditorPublished October 4, 2021
ASB advisor answers burning questions about the recent Homecoming Dance postponement.
ASB members take down the decorative lights following the postponement announcement after spending the day setting up for the Homecoming dance.

Covid concerns cause Homecoming Dance to be postponed

An increase in covid-19 cases among students has resulted in the anticipated Homecoming dance to be indefinitely postponed, eliciting disappointment from individuals expecting to attend the event.
By Angelina Gevorgyan and Angelica VenturinaPublished October 1, 2021
Students upset after the dance is cancelled at the last-minute due to positive covid cases.
Senior Heidy Rosales-Castillo closes her eyes as she gets her first dose of the covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

California becomes the first state to require covid-19 vaccinations for students

All California students ages 12 to 17 will be required to get the covid-19 vaccine beginning next semester or the following school year as stated by Governor Newsom following FDA approval.
By Emma Salehi, Staff WriterPublished October 1, 2021
Governor Gavin Newsom announces that all students ages 12 to 17 must receive the covid vaccine by next semester.
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