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    Jesuit’s sanitation procedures ramp up due to return to hybrid learning

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    Jesuit’s sanitation procedures include following COVID guidelines, maintains distance from other students, and cleaning surfaces before and after classes.

    As the first few weeks of hybrid learning kick off with much success (despite inclement weather which may have delayed some students’ return to school), sanitation procedures have become ever more important at Jesuit High School. 

    To ensure the safety of the students, Jesuit administrators have created a Health and Safety Plan, and are relying on the expertise of Student Health Coordinator Jennifer Adams, and Custodian Manager Jeff Snell.

    “The custodial staff is required to clean, disinfect, and sanitize daily,” Snell said. “This would include all classrooms, restrooms, gymnasiums, locker rooms, the weight room, the training room, the activity room, the library, the PAC, the student center, the commons, the teachers’ lunch room, hallways, the auditorium, the lobby, and all school and administrative offices.”

    Students are also asked to partake in sanitizing surfaces in order to prepare for the next person who uses them.

    “Students are disinfecting their desks before and after leaving the classroom, and are to be practicing thoroughly washing their hands before and after classes,” Snell said. “Students should not be sharing any personal belongings.”

    The Health and Safety Plan highlights the importance of practicing good hygiene at school.

    “Students and staff are required to sanitize their hands upon entering the school building,” the Health and Safety Plan said. “All members of the community are expected to wash their hands frequently throughout the day. Hand sanitizing stations are in every classroom and in common areas throughout the school.”

    When questioned about what happens if someone were to become ill at Jesuit, even if the illness is not COVID-19, Adams says that the best option is to send them home.

    “Right now, we are encouraging all students and teachers to stay home if they are ill or have been around anyone who is ill,” Adams said. “If someone becomes ill during the school day, they will be sent to the school nurse, and then sent home. This applies for all illnesses.”

    Snell added that in order to keep other students safe, the area where a student falls ill undergoes intense sanitation.

    “If someone was to get sick, we would clean up that area [where they became sick] first,” Snell said. “We would disinfect it once, and then disinfect it again with Clorox Total 360 electrostatic disinfectant. Depending on the area, the administration would then make a call on whether to keep this area closed or to open it back up.”

    If an outbreak at Jesuit were to occur, Jesuit’s Health and Safety Plan details what to do in the event that multiple people become infected.

    “Jesuit will communicate with the appropriate members of the community when an outbreak occurs on campus, without identifying the names of affected students or staff,” The Health and Safety Plan said. “On-campus outbreaks may necessitate the quarantining of individual cohort members, multiple cohorts, or even the whole student body.”

    While Jesuit remains relatively safe from an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus, sports and other activities will continue to take place on campus. Athletes who are injured can visit the Athletic Training Room, which has its own set of sanitation rules.

    “This spring, another Athletic Trainer, Bryce Gillespie, will be taking care of all injuries,” Adams said. “Athletes are allowed to see him for injuries. There are hospital-grade disinfectants in the Athletic Training Room that will be used after patient care.”

    Though Jesuit students have returned to campus for hybrid learning, it is difficult to imagine when such intense sanitary procedures will be minimized.

    “It is hard to predict what will happen in the next few months, or the next year regarding COVID regulations,” Adams said. “There are many factors that influence regulations—case counts in the area, percent of capacity hospitals reach, and what we learn in the next few months about people who have been fully vaccinated. Our sanitation procedures will need to remain the same to combat the spread of COVID.”

    Staff members are hopeful that COVID-19 cases will continue to decrease. In the meantime, practicing good health and sanitation is imperative to ensuring the safety and well-being of Jesuit community members on campus.

    “In the coming months I hope we continue to see things open up, but for this to happen everyone needs to be diligent about wearing their masks, staying 6 ft apart, washing their hands and staying home when ill,” Adams said.

    Principal Paul Hogan also expressed his wish of safety and health for the coming months.

    “My hope and my firm expectation is that we will continue to exceed standards of cleanliness and hygiene across campus—and that students and staff will do the same at home,” Hogan said

     

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    Teaching with Zoom: How teachers are transitioning from Zoom calls at home to Zoom calls at School

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    A student in class with the hybrid-learning model would need to use some kind of computer or tablet.

    On February 9, Jesuit High School reopened for hybrid-learning due to Governor Kate Brown’s continuance of the return-to-school directive. In the hybrid model, with half of the class learning from home over Zoom and the other half attending school in-person, teachers designed a curriculum that works for both environments. 

    In order to compensate both virtual and in-person students for the hybrid model, Jesuit purchased new and advanced technology. Alyssa Tormala, the vice principal of professional development and innovation at Jesuit, offers insight into how teachers are conducting Zoom calls in-person with the new technology.

    “When a hybrid class is going and the teacher is in the classroom, they will have half of the class sitting in the classroom, and they will have half the class on Zoom,” Tormala said. “To help facilitate that, teachers will have two computers in the classroom. One will be the computer that is projecting and sharing materials for the class as usual, and the other one will be running the Zoom call, so the teacher can see and interact directly with the students at home. We also have webcams with high-quality microphones that are connected to Zoom and the classroom speaker system. Teachers can move the webcam around as needed.”

    Theology teacher Zach Lantz has connected students from both environments by directing the webcam on the students present in the classroom and projecting the virtual students on the screen so that they can interact with one another.

    The new technology enables the classroom experience to be more dynamic and inclusive, despite its inherent complexity.

    Art teacher Danielle Chi, follows the Zoom procedure outlined by Ms. Tormala, but tailors it to the needs of her course.

    “I have been teaching with the Zoom camera on me and the webcam on my classroom so students on zoom are seeing my students in the class, which is also being cast for the students in class to see the students on Zoom,” Chi said. “I will introduce the assignment for the day or the next project we are working on, and the students on Zoom can go off of Zoom and do their art, and the students in the classroom can work on their art in the classroom. At the end of every class period, students doing virtual learning or in-person learning, they all take a picture of their progress or their final artwork and upload it to canvas by the end of class, so I can see what they have worked on that day.”

    To prepare for hybrid learning, teachers participated in a week-long training program during the asynchronous week. Ms. Tormala details the logistics. 

    “On Friday January 15, we had all faculty training on best practices for hybrid learning, such as how to build hybrid lessons and how to bridge between cohorts,” Tormala said. “Then, during each day of the week of January 19…we had two departments on campus…for in-person classroom training on equipment, classroom protocols and campus procedures. Faculty also had time during the week to practice with classroom equipment, ask questions, prepare lessons, and collaborate with colleagues. For the following weeks, we asked faculty to be on campus at least two days a week so they could transition to teaching in hybrid mode.”

    “We had one full day where we came and experimented with tech, and they walked us through it,” Lantz said. “The [rest of the week], I taught from [Jesuit] with the tech. I feel like I am better at setting up a classroom, especially when nothing has been set up yet.”

    When questioned about how the Jesuit administration decided on the Covid and Zoom procedures for the hybrid-model, Ms. Tormala emphasized that it took plenty of research and collaboration.

    “Tons of research,” Tormala said. “We looked at the state guidelines and restrictions we have to have in place, which guided our decision for what a hybrid model could look like at JHS specifically. When we knew those parameters, then we were able to reach out to other schools,  talk to experts, [and] learn what works and what doesn’t from those who have already been doing hybrid since last August. We developed an understanding of best practices and procedures from that research.”

     The research that was conducted led to classes being shortened from 80 to 75 minutes to hold two lunches on Periods 1-4 and adjusting the Periods 5-7 days  in order to “make a little bit more space in the school day” for clubs, activities, Mass, and athletics, Ms. Tormala said.

    Despite extensive hybrid learning training, Ms. Chi and Mr. Lantz experienced some limitations and difficulties with Zoom in-person, which no doubt will be resolved overtime with more practice.

    “Along with tracking progress, it’s nice to see what they do independently, but I am not able to give them real-time feedback, so I can’t offer a suggestion or assess my own teaching as well,” Chi said. “I can’t walk around and see if they are all doing what the assignment was or if there is some confusion…I can address. It’s hard to do that real-time assessment with Zoom.”

    “For me, the biggest adjustment is not losing the Zoom people because it’s easy to feel like you are not a part of the class if you are on Zoom,” Lantz said. “You love those big classes, it’s a little more high energy, so obviously having five people in the class is definitely different. It’s also divided attention. You are making sure people have their cameras on, reminding them when to have their camera off, and I can always call on the person with their camera off to make sure they are paying attention.”

    On the contrary, Ms. Chi and Mr. Lantz also detailed how Zoom has benefited their curriculums. 

    “It’s been fun to do new projects where they get to use items and materials from home that they would never have in the classroom,” Chi said. “There is more variety in what they are submitting in their art.”

    “Easier access to materials for the students and more uniform in terms of class participation. On Zoom, I feel like I call on people more evenly,” Lantz said.

    One of the biggest discussions surrounding hybrid learning has been the equity of teaching for students learning from home. Ms. Tormala explains that part of the training for the hybrid model involved learning how to include and engage both groups of students.

    “Sometimes there will be synchronous work happening where teachers are bridging between cohorts and everyone is doing the same work together,” Tormala said. “But sometimes the teacher may say, ‘Okay, those at home, you’re going to do one part of the assignment while students in the class are going to do a part that needs to be in-person. When we switch cohorts, you will complete the part you haven’t done.’ In this case, there will be something else for the fully remote students to do that is an equivalent assignment. Teachers will use their best judgment to design assignments and use classroom equipment based on the class and content to support student learning.”

    “At the beginning of the school year, we put together art kits and every student has a sketchbook and an art kit with individual supplies in it,” Chi said. “All of the assignments can be done with those supplies in the kit and the sketchbook. However, I do give them options if they want to use recycled items or things around their house or other mediums. They have to bring their kits to and from home because we can’t share materials.”

    According to Ms. Tormala, students who are supposed to be attending school in-person but are ill or quarantined can still attend school via Zoom.

    “Yes, you could Zoom into classes,” Tormala said. “We will be able to designate in our attendance system if a student is supposed to be physically in the classroom that day, but they are Zooming in because they are sick or quarantined. If a student needs to learn from home on a day they would normally be in the building, their parents should contact the attendance office as usual so we can mark it in Powerschool.”

    When questioned about their thoughts and feelings with returning to school in-person, Ms. Chi and Ms. Tormala expressed feelings of joy and optimism, while understanding that this new hybrid-reality is a work in progress.

    “I am really grateful for all of the hard work that the Jesuit custodial maintenance staff, IT department, admin and faculty have been putting in to make this return as safe and successful as possible,” Chi said. “And I feel as good as I can be about returning to school. While it is a big change for my family, we will adjust and keep doing the best we can to stay safe and healthy.”

    “Everybody is coming from different places with different home environments, different family situations, and different levels of anxiety depending on how they have been feeling with what’s been going on in the world,” Tormala said. “We all need to give each other the gifts of patience and grace and kindness. It’s awesome to have students back on campus, and it’s also hard because it is a different kind of environment than JHS has experienced before and nobody is used to it yet. We will find our way, I have no doubt about that. The more we can take care of each other and follow guidelines to ensure everyone’s health, safety, and comfort, the better.”

    After a week of hybrid learning, it became clear that it will take the commitment of both teachers and students to work through the complexities of this new reality. 

     

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    Isabel Crespo is an editor for the Jesuit Chronicle. She is a Junior at Jesuit High School and is excited to pursue her passion for writing on a deeper...

      MLK Live Streamed Assembly by Lucy Menendez

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      The Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly team: Mia Cullivan, Elina Deshpande, Jenny Duan, Shrika Ganta, Hayley Knudsen, Rylli Matter, Luke Motschenbacher, Huong Nguyen, Felix Pettini, Alexandra Reynaud, Grace Sopko, Sara Tapia, KJ Tinsley, Naviya Venkitesh, Clark Vowels, and Brian Xu. Courtesy of Mrs. Lowery.
      Alex Reynaud performing their original spoken word poem.

      Jesuit held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly on January 27th to honor and celebrate MLK day. The assembly was held in the Moyer Theatre and live streamed to accommodate students during online learning.

      This year, Jesuit has been posting assembly videos on Youtube so students can watch assemblies together during their digital homeroom periods. But Melissa Lowery, head of Jesuit’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office, wanted the student body to watch the video together. 

      “I wanted to have some solidarity in our whole community, watching something at the same time, or being in space together at the same time. That was the purpose of doing it live and thank God it worked,” Mrs. Lowery said. “To actually have it live and have the majority of the community able to do it together, is something we are not able to do during remote learning very often. We felt that being in the Moyer theatre, we had this connection of everyone being together.” 

      Mrs. Lowery’s team had to diligently plan for the first ever live streamed assembly.

      “We started planning for this assembly before Christmas break,” Mrs. Lowery said. “We sent out an email in the earlier stages to the school asking students if they wanted to help and we had a signup sheet. We had a lot of students sign up to help and do a lot of the background research. We had a lot of readings in the assembly so we had to choose which ones we wanted to use.” 

      The assembly team held weekly meetings on Wednesdays and Fridays during lunch to organize the contents of the assembly. The team centered on a theme of human dignity and service to honor MLK. With that in mind, the assembly included multiple clips of King’s inspiring speeches, student readings, fitting songs, and a powerful spoken word poem written by junior Alexandra Reynaud.

      “Performing this poem to me meant voicing the opinions of peers who felt that they could not speak out about it in classrooms on their own,” Alexandra Reynaud said. “I wanted to amplify what I had heard from others regarding these issues, but also I wanted to wake up, in a sense, other individuals at our school who did not think about LGBTQ+ issues or BIPOC issues because they thought it did not concern them. To me, it meant finally voicing something constantly in the back of my mind. In that, there is a kind of freedom.”

      After an inspiring summer fighting for the Black Lives Matter Movement, the assembly’s theme of human dignity and service seemed more relevant than ever before. 

      “This year was really impactful and I thought our assembly this year was really reflective of the year we’ve had,” Mrs. Lowery said. “I think our assembly this year was a good transition into Black History Month and Social Justice Week, which is happening in March. We want to keep that theme of human dignity and service and begin getting specific about experiences.” 

      As an interactive piece of the assembly, the team organized a Mentimeter word cloud, a way for the audience to type in inspiring and topical words that would then appear on screen in the Moyer Theatre. Unfortunately, some students saw this as an opportunity to make a joke and proceeded to type inappropriate and irrelevant words that would be  displayed in front of the student body. 

      “It was disappointing, but not surprising,” Mrs. Lowery said. “It was really unfortunate because we don’t know who it was and if it was one person or more than one person. You run the risk of something like that happening when doing a live Mentimeter activity. 

      While disappointed in the result of the Mentimeter activity, Mrs. Lowery appreciated the experience in a more positive light. 

      “The positive of that though, is that we all shared an experience together. We all witnessed it and saw it and we can all take from that and grow and be better. There are some positives when we all are sharing the same experience and witnessing that happening, it jolts us to say that’s not okay. And in that piece, there is solidarity that makes us want to do better. The positive of the experience is that we all know that we have work to do.” 

      Ms. Casey helped conclude by speaking about the importance of service and how it tied into human dignity. The assembly ended with a performance from Jesuit’s band and choir. 

      There will be a Black Student Union brown bag on February 16th about Black History Month. 

      Jesuit’s Social Justice Week will occur the week of March 15th. This week will promote students leading their own workshops concerning social justice, identity, community building, and cultivating leadership and action.

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      Lucy Menendez is a senior at Jesuit High School and first time journalism student. Lucy plays basketball at Jesuit and is involved in multiple clubs. Her...

      Remembering Kobe Bryant by Lucy Menendez

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      F.D.A. Approves Pfizer Vaccine. Will People Take It?

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      After nine months of quarantining in the United States due to the coronavirus, the F.D.A. has finally approved Pfizer’s vaccine. But will the efforts of the drug makers pay off with a willingness from people to take it?

      With the vaccine being approved Friday December 11, anti-vaxxers have taken to social media to express their grievances. On Governor Kate Brown’s Instagram page, @oregongovbrown, users criticized the vaccine on one of her recent post.

      “Our family will not utilize a product where the manufacturer is completely free from all liability, especially one that has not gone through proper safety testing and sent via Warp Speed to the marketplace,” one user commented.

      “In 10 years there will be commercials saying, “If you received the COVID Vaccine, you may be eligible for compensation, call Jones Law,” another said.

      While some on social media have strongly expressed their stance of being against the vaccine, many Jesuit students said they would be willing to take it.

       

      “I’d be pretty willing at this point. The rates of it being effective are pretty high. I would like to look into it a little more, but I’m pretty willing.” –Astrid Foster: Junior

      “I’d definitely take it as long as they prove that it’s effective and safe. I take the flu vaccine every year so I don’t see how this would be any different.” -Stella Anastasakis: Junior

      “I would take the vaccine because I have no opposition to not taking it. I think that especially people who are allergic to vaccines it’s important for us to take that responsibility.” -Julie Pham: Junior

      “Yeah I’d be willing to take it because although it may not be a hundred percent [accurate]…it works.” -Patrick Rau: Junior

      The first shots were given on Monday December 14, just a few days after approval (CNBC). The first to receive it will be frontline healthcare workers and those at long term care facilities. While it may seem like only weeks separate Jesuit students from receiving their vaccines, Dr. Anthony Fauci says that April will be the month when those not in high priority groups will receive their dose.

       

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        Part 3: Roadtrips

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        The Adventure in Traveling by Car

        For senior Emily O’Connor, she understands that traveling may be a necessity for some people and that some forms of travel are more acceptable than others, but, nevertheless, advises against it. 

        “I think road trips are good because there’s a lot less contact,” O’connor said. “Some people need to travel, which is fine, but during the high frequency times on all of the breaks and stuff, I wouldn’t travel.” 

        The CDC states that during car travel, getting gas, food, or stopping for bathroom breaks causes individuals to get into “close contact with others and frequently touched surfaces,” so they recommend the following tips to stay safe during road trips:

        1. Bring disinfecting wipes
        2. Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content
        3. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom or touching shared surfaces

         

          Part 6: Feature on a Family’s Decision to Fly

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          Unlike O’Connor who will be spending her Christmas at home, junior Lucy Langer and her mother Nikki Langer plan to travel over Christmas break to Arizona for six days via airplane. For the Langer family, their trip to Arizona is a necessity due to the deprivation of family connection.

          “We’re flying just because we have driven before and it takes a long time, so we can get there quickly,” Lucy Langer said. “My family over there is comfortable with seeing us, so that’s why we are going.”

          “That is where my entire family lives, and I haven’t seen them for over a year,” Nikki Langer said. “And my sister had a baby…and we haven’t seen her yet, so we are excited to see her, and my parents are older so we want to spend some time with them.”

          When questioned about the precautions they will take on the plane, they both ensured that they and the rest of their family would be following standard CDC guidelines.

          “We will take all of the normal precautions that are required,” Nikki Langer said. “We will wear a mask the entire time, and I always bring hand sanitizer with us, and we will wipe everything off when we get there.”

          However, the Langer family is not abiding by the CDC’s recommendation to quarantine 14 days before and after traveling. Rather, they are considering taking Covid tests to compensate for not quarantining. 

          “We are not quarantining,” Lucy Langer said. “We will see some people, but it’s not like we are going to be in a huge group. We are doing what we have been normally doing. We have been traveling, so we might get Covid tests before we go because we are visiting our family.”

          “We are traveling in January to Hawaii and it’s required to take a Covid test, so we will be doing that,” Nikki Langer said. “With Arizona, we don’t know [if we will get Covid tests] yet, and the biggest reason is that the research that I found is, if you don’t have symptoms, it costs quite a bit [to take a Covid test]. It’s over $100 per person. It’s only a snapshot of where you are at that moment, but we haven’t talked in detail about if we are going to.”

          According to Dr. Kristina Angelo, a certified epidemiologist for CDC’s Traveler’s Health Branch, there are “a lot of states that have requirements and restrictions now for people coming in and mask requirements and some states are requiring quarantines,” so she advises people to check before traveling. 

          Nikki Langer particularly emphasized her and her family’s knowledge of the Covid scene in Arizona, saying that she “talk[s] to them all the time, so [she] knows what’s happening over there.”

          So the question that families need to answer before traveling are: Does the need to travel outweigh the risk? If so, in what ways can you keep your family safe?

           

            Part 5: Airline Safety Measures

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            Shawn Ang

            Airports During Covid

            While all of the previous professionals’ concerns are valid, airports and many airline companies have enhanced their procedures and progressed their protocols to accommodate Covid regulations. 

            American airlines has added the following safety measures to increase their passengers and workers’ protection:

            1. Amplified cleaning 
            2. Hand sanitizing stations
            3. Less ticket counters
            4. Creating space for individuals to socially distance
            5. Requiring proper face coverings
            6. Plexiglass shields in front of ticket counters
            7. Checking in through touchless devices

            The mechanics and inner workings of an aircraft itself are carefully regulated.

            Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air is circulated and filtered on airplanes,” CDC said.

              Part 4: Concerns Over Air Travel

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              Gerrie Van der Walt

              Cramped Airplanes Cause Complications

              Despite not choosing to travel over Christmas break, O’Connor flew on a plane in the early fall to visit a college, adhering to her statement that some travel is necessary. In her case, it was to make a final decision on where she would attend school for the next four years. O’Connor spoke of the many precautions she and her family took on the plane as well as her comfort level throughout the journey. 

              “My parents bought little goggles, and they gave me wipes so that I could wipe down everything,” O’Connor said. “I obviously wore a mask, and I didn’t eat anything because I didn’t want to take off my mask. It was one-way. The plane was almost completely empty, so I felt safe. On the way back, it was a little bit crowded.”

              For Pediatrician Dr. David Rubin, the director of PolicyLab, a research and public policy center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that is monitoring COVID-19 cases nationwide, thinks that air travel is troublesome, and, like O’Connor, supports of car travel.

              “I almost think that cars are safer for those who are traveling, because it’s just you and whoever you’re traveling with,” Rubin said. “At least you don’t have the situation of a packed airplane where there might be several COVID-19 positive individuals on the plane.”

              O’Connor and Rubin’s concerns are based on the premise that the longer an individual is around others who may be infected with or carry COVID-19, the higher chances they have of getting the virus.

              According to CNN Travel, Erin Bromage, a comparative immunologist and professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the chances of an individual catching COVID-19 can be modeled in a mathematical equation.

              “Successful infection= exposure to virus times time,” a CNN commentator said.

              Similar to Rubin and Bromage’s rationale, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield views air travel as the catalyst of the second wave of COVID-19, labeling it a “silent pandemic” because of the possible asymptomatic carriers that may be on board.

                Part 1: How Covid Has Shaped Our New Reality

                With Christmas break around the corner, families are eager to start vacationing. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Covid cases are rising at an alarming rate, with the total number of deaths in the United States at 302,992 and counting. In light of this information, families are faced with the dilemma to either stay home for the holidays or safely continue their initial travel plans. 

                “3 months ago, COVID-19 was not even in the top 75 causes of death in this country. Much of the last month, it was the #1 cause of death in this country. This is more remarkable than the 1918 Flu pandemic,” according to Michael Osterholm, expert in infectious disease epidemiology.

                Due to the gravity of COVID-19, for the past ten months people have had to adjust to a life of face masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and Covid testing for the sake of protecting themselves and others from getting infected by the virus. These procedures have since been normalized, forcing many to adapt to this new reality in their personal, academic, and work lives. Despite the universal understanding that physical health is paramount, there is plenty of dissension around what is considered “safe” for one’s physical health in regards to traveling. 

                  Part 2: Advise from the CDC

                  The CDC says that “travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19” so “postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” The CDC especially emphasizes the unpredictability of asymptomatic individuals—people who do not show symptoms of COVID-19 but are carriers of the virus. 

                  While the CDC recommends staying at home and following quarantine protocol, they offer advice on how to travel safely for those that believe it is a necessity. 

                  1. Check travel restrictions in your destination
                  2. Get your flu shot before traveling
                  3. Bring masks and hand sanitizers
                  4. Do not follow through with travel plans if your travel buddies are sick
                  5. Wear a proper face covering in public settings that covers both the nose and mouth
                  6. Abide by social distancing regulations (six feet apart) to reduce close contact with others
                  7. Try to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
                  8. Do not maintain eye contact with a sick person in close proximity as a common way to become infected is through virus particles entering one’s eyes

                  The CDC also recommends that people consider the following questions before traveling. If the answer to any of the questions is yes, they advise the individual to think critically on if the need to travel outweighs the risk.

                  1. Ask yourself if you are planning on seeing anyone in the “high-risk” groups. If a member of your family or someone you are visiting is considered “at-risk,” you should also consider yourself “at-risk” so that you can take the extra necessary precautions to protect the high-risk individual.
                  2. Are the cases rising where you will be traveling? 
                  3. Are the hospitals overwhelmed in your community or where you are traveling to?
                  4.  Does your community or destination have “requirements or restrictions for travelers”?
                  5. Have you, your family, or people you are traveling with been in close contact with people 14 days before the vacation or plan of travel?
                  6. Are you able to maintain six feet distance on your form of transportation?
                  7. Are you traveling with people outside of your immediate family?

                  For some individuals, following CDC guidelines is enough protection against the virus no matter the setting one is in. For others, CDC guidelines need to be upheld to the highest standard with traveling being the biggest transgression

                   

                  Mock Vote Results: Biden wins in a landslide

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                  Michael Stokes

                  Former Vice President Joe Biden’s kickoff rally for his 2020 Presidential campaign. Link to original image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joe_Biden_kickoff_rally_May_2019.jpg

                  In Jesuit’s mock election, Biden and Harris won in a landslide victory with a whopping 77.6% of the vote, while Trump and Pence received 22.4% of voter support.

                  Juniors had the highest voter turnout, making up 30.9% of voters.

                  Sophomores had the lowest amount of voter turnout with 20% of the vote.

                  Biden, who identifies as liberal, has more popular views in Oregon, a state which has voted for the Democratic Party in every election since 1988.

                  President Trump, who identifies as conservative, is favored to win red states

                    

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