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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...

The original schedule for BIS to return to school, one that will not be put in place because of new restrictions.

BSD walks back reopening plan, leaving no clear plan for reopening Burlingame schools

Alex Kelly, Staff Reporter December 10, 2020

The Burlingame School District (BSD), including Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS) was planning on returning to in-person learning with a hybrid learning program on Dec. 2. But with an increase of cases...

Discord is a service used to chat with friends and colleagues digitally, which has recently become more popular as a result of social distancing.

Discord: A new method of communication during social distancing

William Chastain, Staff Reporter December 7, 2020

Discord was formerly used as a virtual chat service by video game players to communicate with each other during gameplay without having to sacrifice quality by using in-game chat. Now, Discord is a chat...

Downtown Burlingame’s Pizza My Heart posted their requirements for service.

Students respond to San Mateo County’s return to purple tier

Isaac Bostonmaer, Staff Reporter December 1, 2020

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, San Mateo County falls back into the purple tier, increasing restrictions previously in place over the summer. As of Nov. 28, after only two weeks of being in...

Traditional Thanksgiving feasts may be abandoned by many as COVID-19 has put a stop to large gatherings.

Some Burlingame restaurants to be open on Thanksgiving

Samantha Johnstone, Webmaster November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving is when most people head home to their families; by way of  planes, trains and automobiles. But a pandemic Thanksgiving has limited travel, and as a result, most are celebrating with only...

Burlingame's historic Howard Avenue School in 1915, captured by A.G.C Hahn.

Looking back on how schools handled the Spanish Flu Pandemic

Sabina Barrolaza, Staff Reporter November 24, 2020

Since the COVID-19 lockdown began in March, students have had to adjust to online learning. Luckily, with the availability of the internet, there are many resources and programs that allow students to...

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