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School Extends Closure for the Year

Tyler Kavalecz

    “I mean, I know with our children, our grandchildren, the end of the school year particularly for seniors is particularly important, the prom, sporting events, so many, many different things, recognitions. And we’re not telling the schools how to do this, but again, the gathering of a significant number of people is a dangerous situation. And it’s a real shame. I just can’t express how sorry I am about that,” DeWine said in his press conference on April 20.

     DeWine also expressed his uncertainty about whether the next school year would start in schools or online, but mentioned that schools have already begun preparing for fall.

     “We’ve made no decision about the fall yet. We’re going to have to see where we’re going. I know that parents, teachers, administrators are anxious for a decision about the fall, but we are simply not in a position yet to make that decision. I am happy to say though that schools are in fact already preparing for the fall,” DeWine said in his April 20 press conference.

     Lexi Shabazz is a senior at the high school that has been affected by schools being closed. The worst part about schools being closed for her is that her senior year is over.

     “The worst part of schools being closed is that my senior year is over and I didn’t get to have all the fun at the end of my senior year. Also, I didn’t get to say a goodbye and thank you to the teachers who really made an impact on my time,” Shabazz said.

     With schools being closed for the rest of the year, it has had a significant impact on clubs and classes like yearbook, as Shabazz is an editor for the yearbook.

     “Well, I am an editor in the yearbook so this has a huge effect on our book! We had to rethink some pages and just try to make it as good for our seniors as possible with all the cancellations,” Shabazz said.

     Although she would rather be able to go to school and senior events for the rest of the academic year, Shabazz feels like it was the right decision to close schools. However, even though she feels it was the right decision, Shabazz is still going to miss multiple aspects of school.

     “I am most going to miss being in yearbook and student council. These were my favorite classes of the day because I got to be myself with the people who truly cared about what they were dong. I am going to miss being in Mrs. Payne’s room in a test and hearing her tell us the test does not define us. I know it sounds silly, but after hearing it for two years, it becomes a huge part of what makes school so special,” Shabazz said.

     Another senior at the high school that has been affected in multiple ways by schools closing is Matthew Duffy.

     The worst part about schools being closed for the rest of the academic year for Duffy is that track has been cancelled. 

     “The worst of school being cancelled for me is the fact that track is cancelled and I am unable to see my friends. It’s really hard to go from seeing your friends and teammates every day to not seeing any of them in over a month,” Duffy said.

     However, track is only one of the cancelled school events that Duffy was looking forward too. He was especially looking forward to competing in the senior survivor event, as he has been looking forward to competing in the annual events for a long time.

     Although Duffy is disappointed that school has been closed for the rest of the academic year and many fun senior events have been cancelled, he believes it was the right decision to close schools.

     “I am very very sad by the decision, but I do believe it is the right decision. It really sucks that I have to miss the most fun and memorable part of my academic career, but if what we are doing is saving lives, I am very understanding that this was the right decision,” Duffy said.

     With school being online for the rest of the year, Duffy misses seeing his teachers and classmates, and wishes he could have one more day of school to say goodbye to everyone.

     “I just miss seeing my classmates and teachers. I’ve been texting and face timing, but it’s not the same as the person to person daily interactions. As crazy as this sounds, I miss the stress and complaining about school much more than I thought I would. I just wish I had one more day to say goodbye to my teachers and classmates,” Duffy said.

     Mrs. Surrena, who teaches art at the high school, is one of the teachers that has had to adjust to school being online for the rest of the year.

     School being online for the rest of the year has forced Surrena to simplify her projects and class overall, because she cannot provide examples and supplies as she could at school.

     “Closing of the school has affected classes because I’m limited to what kids can do at home. In my classroom, I can rely on all the supplies I have and all the different visual examples I can show. But now, with students not being able to have those or not knowing what everyone has, I really have to simplify and provide many more options than previously,” Surrena said.

     Surrena has had to change her class more than a teacher that teaches a core class because she cannot provide the supplies students need for art projects.

      “I do more projects that utilize different types of materials that students might not have at home. Whereas now I can’t do that because the supplies aren’t available to everyone. I’m really trying to have kids learn the same concepts that we’d be learning in class, but just through different processes and different materials,” Surrena said.

     Although Surrena has had challenges with simplifying her class and grading, her most significant challenge for the rest of the year will be not seeing students.

     “I think my biggest challenge is not seeing students. Not having the time to talk to students and build relationships with them, because I really try to get to know my students and some of that is sparked through their artwork and some of that is just sparked through conversation in the classroom. Now we don’t have that. Because we don’t have that, I think teaching can become impersonal,” Surrena said.

     Although it has been announced that school will be online for the rest of the academic year and all spring sports have been cancelled, it has not yet been announced when graduation will take place.


Restaurants Move to Takeout/ Delivery

     Ashley Hutchinson

     At the end of March, Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton placed a state-wide ban on restaurants. Customers could not dine inside any restaurant, and they could only purchase food through carry-out or delivery. 

     This ban was enacted to stop large groups of people from coming together in one place and to enforce the idea of “social distancing.” Eventually, lawmakers are hoping that bans will stop the spread of COVID-19 in the area and ultimately around the country. 

     To combat this change, many local businesses have started to be more accessible to the public by still allowing carry-out and even offering new delivery. 

     While some local businesses may be hurting during this time, some are actually thriving due to services that can deliver food right to one’s door. 

     Furthermore, services such as DoorDash or UberEats have even stopped some of their delivery fees to help the people around the community, and many of those employees are seeing their service continuing to grow. These companies have even created a no-contact policy, so they can leave the package on the doorstep to prevent the spread of germs.

     More locally, restaurants, such as Chipotle or Panera, are even offering free delivery, which keeps customers satisfied while keeping the chains in business. Locally owned businesses such as The Tavern of Stow have also started to deliver to customers. 

     While many small businesses have not opened up to delivery, almost everywhere is still open for carry-out orders. Examples of these businesses include El Campesino, Thai Gourmet, and Swensons. 

     If a business does not offer delivery, services previously mentioned such as DoorDash offers many local options for delivery, so food can be delivered right to home while still supporting local businesses. 

     However, there is still a lack of customers at a majority of local businesses, which affects families and the community as a whole. 

     When finding food to eat, try to find local family-owned restaurants to give business to. It helps the family, the community and the economy. Making small changes such as this can save so many businesses during these struggling times. 


What now for the Disney Trip?

  Amanda Ostrowski

 Stow Munroe Falls High School band trip to Disney was postponed. I feel that the decision made was the right decision to make. 

     There are alot of kids in the band and the government and Disney does not want us to get the virus or give the virus to other people. Especially because there are a lot of old people down there. 

     I am glad they decided to postpone the trip and not just cancel it completely because going to Disney was the only reason I joined the band.

     They also probably postponed the trip instead of canceling because the band can only go once every four years and they do not wanna make students and parents unhappy. 

     There are many band kids that are very upset still by this but I think people are just trying to stop the spreading and trying to protect the students and others safety. 

     Plus even if the school decided to send us to Disney it is closing anyways so we would not be able to go. 

     Even though I feel it was the right decision it is sad because of all the work band kids worked. We did extra practices and took time away from concert season to work on the music Disney gave us. 

     The band directors though really have worked hard to get this trip together and it is sad that all of their work will be postponed to a later time. I am sure they have given up a lot of time to make sure everything was set and to make sure all of the kids would have a great safe time. 

     I hope the school and the band and the local government can work all of this out and we all still be able to go to Disney World. 

     As a senior I hope for myself and my classmates that we will go to Disney soon.


How This Virus Has Taken Over

Ashley Hutchinson  

     As most of the world knows, Coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19), is a disease that rapidly broke out at the end of 2019. While many predicted the spreading of this disease would soon come to a stop, it is actually spreading quickly and dangerously. 

     Fear and anxiety about contracting COVIS-19 has led to a major social panic. Many people live in fear that they will get the disease and avoid anyone who seems susceptible to having it. 

     In fact, a majority of the country is on self-quarantine to prevent the disease from spreading. 

     Specifically, Ohio has taken extreme measures of precaution. Schools are closed, events are canceled, and stores are rapidly running out of essential household items.

     Currently, there are 67 cases of the Coronavirus across Ohio, with more expected to come. Polls for the primary elections are even being postponed. 

     While the health of many citizens is at risk, COVID-19 also has an impact on the economy.

     The Ohio governor, Mike DeWine, has declared that all restaurants but close their dining to the public and only allow carry-out orders. 

     This can and will cause many locally owned businesses to shut down because of the lack of revenue. 

     Additionally, many people are being laid off from their jobs, with businesses and schools closing. This causes many families to lose a majority of their income, which will therefore cause the economy to fall into an even deeper recession. 

     Thankfully, schools are trying to minimize the impact of the virus as much as possible. Students are to be kept busy with online academic assignments from all of their teachers. 

     Individual schools are also making a difference by trying to provide for families as much as possible. Children who need food can receive a school lunch every day, regardless of age or family income.

     Also, schools are doing their best to provide some students with adequate technology, such as iPads or laptops. Technology is important because it allows them to stay connected with schoolwork and classmates. 

     Overall, the Coronavirus is having a major impact on the United States, with information changing every day. The best thing for people to do is to wash hands, avoid people as much as possible, and just try to stay healthy.