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Parents stand on the corner of El Camino Real and Burlingame Avenue, holding signs to advocate for the reopening of high schools.

Parents and students hold protest over continued school closures

Amelia Harris, Editor-In-Chief February 10, 2021

A group of parents and students gathered on the corners of El Camino Real at Burlingame Avenue and Broadway Avenue this afternoon to protest the ongoing high school closures. Passing cars honked in support...

After over 10 months of lockdown, students find that in-person relationships are the backbone of our online presence.

In-person relationships are the backbone of our online presence

Hubert Chen, Senior Reporter February 9, 2021

For over 10 months we’ve been under lockdown, with extremely limited opportunities for in-person socialization. Burlingame students have adapted quickly to the new climate, turning to online options...

Lincoln Elementary School, like other elementary schools, will soon reopen in-person instruction under Newsom’s reopening plan.

How Newsom’s plan to reopen schools has affected students and teachers

William Chastain, Staff Reporter February 9, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to allow elementary schools to reopen once their counties reach the purple tier. Reopening will begin with kindergarten through second grade, and proceed to older grades soon after....

Teachers face challenges while stuck at home during distance learning, but still have many concerns about reopening schools.

Teacher voices on reopening SMUHSD schools

Alex Kelly, Staff Reporter February 5, 2021

Teacher voices will play a very important role in the San Mateo Union High School District’s (SMUHSD) plan to bring students back to in-person school. Teachers will be taking on significant risks by...

Hiva Bastanmehr, a physician, holding her COVID-19 vaccination record card to show proof of vaccination against the virus.

One step closer to the end of the pandemic

Isaac Bostonmaer, Staff Reporter February 1, 2021

For nearly a year, the constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have affected countless people around the world. However, with vaccine distribution, which started in December of 2020, the beginning...

Despite Burlingame High School remaining closed due to state regulations, many students have egregiously broken COVID protocols put in place by the county.

Why do so many students break COVID-19 protocols?

Mattingly Germack, Staff Reporter February 1, 2021

Anyone with access to social media knows that San Mateo County’s purple-tier status has not been taken seriously by many teenagers. Some have been outright flagrant in their violations of the order —...

Teen watches as influencers continue to post TikToks of their travels in the midst of a pandemic.

Celebrities set a negative precedent by traveling

Lizzy Wan, Staff Reporter January 28, 2021

It has almost been a year since the pandemic began last March; since then people have started to become more careless when it comes to following the COVID-19 guidelines. Specifically, groups of celebrities...

This year’s tree was lit in the same spot as always, next to City Hall, but the ceremony had some major differences.

Burlingame’s annual tree lighting goes virtual

Alex Kelly, Staff Reporter December 17, 2020

The Burlingame Tree Lighting took place virtually on Dec. 4 — another community event closed down because of the pandemic. The tree lighting was one pre-recorded video with multiple different performances...

Although many gatherings this holiday season will be less conventional as a result of COVID-19, many are still capturing the celebratory atmosphere by setting up Christmas trees. Others like sophomore Rorie Stone hope to head up to Lake Tahoe, with ski resorts being open whilst implementing precautionary guidelines.

A year like no other calls for a holiday season like no other

Michelle Moshkovoy, Staff Reporter December 14, 2020

As winter break approaches, so does the prospect of yet another unprecedented change marking 2020, as people prepare to celebrate a holiday season during a global pandemic. Some students are finding creative...

An altered high school classroom at Crystal Springs. At the end of October, Crystal Springs returned to a hybrid learning schedule, with students on campus for four days and off for 10.

As private schools head back to campus, education disparities widen

Elise Spenner, Staff Reporter December 14, 2020

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11th and 12th graders at Crystal Springs Uplands School, commonly referred to as Crystal, walked onto campus for the first time in seven months. The same day, San Mateo County dropped...

John Kevranian, owner of Nuts for Candy, shuffles through papers waiting anxiously for customers.

A gift guide to shopping local Burlingame businesses

Samantha Johnstone, Webmaster December 13, 2020

Shopping locally is always a good idea, but it is more important now than ever. People are spending more time at home, and storefronts are seeing the impact of decreased customers. While online businesses...

BHS’s junior varsity football team sprints during a conditioning practice on Dec. 2.

Student sports and on-campus activities suspended amid virus surge

Jackson Spenner, Staff Reporter December 11, 2020

It’s difficult to pretend that playing high school sports in 2020 is remotely as exciting as it once was. The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered an indefinite wave of shutdowns, closures and laggy, awkward virtual...

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