OPUSD board approves plan to return to on-campus instruction in a hybrid model

Graphic created by Oak Park Unified School District, as they prepare to return to school.

Emily Francis, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2020

A blueprint for the return to on-campus learning with a hybrid model was approved by the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Ventura County is now located in the red tier, which allows districts within the county to open their schools for on-campus learning. The tier locatio...

Costumes and candies vs. COVID-19

Reminiscing about last year’s Halloween was usually a leisure pastime, yet it may be the leading manner of celebration this October as COVID-19 has deprived us of trick-or-treating.

Veda Bollapalli, Guest Writer

October 23, 2020

It’s that time of year again. The moon rises in painful deliberation, barely hiding behind that shadowed tree. Just faintly, in a distance, a wolf lets out a small cry from its lips. It rings louder than the silence in the air, and at once everything is set into motion. The monsters come out and roam fr...

OPHS athlete tests positive for COVID-19

The football field is the site of many athletic practices and one of the few places students assemble on campus

Charlotte Nicks, Staff Writer

October 23, 2020

A positive COVID-19 test for an Oak Park High School athlete has been confirmed. The last day the student who tested positive was at practice was Oct. 8, 2020. This is one of the four OPHS-related confirmed positive tests since the beginning of the school year, according to a spreadsheet the Oak Park U...

Could a COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory?

In California, the state legislature can create a law that requires all citizens who live in the state to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

J. R. Servais, Guest Writer

October 21, 2020

As researchers come closer to finding the vaccine for COVID-19, there are questions of whether we will need a vaccine to return to normality. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 65% of the population would take the vaccine. Can governments make the vaccine mandatory and what rights do people hav...

Ventura County moves to state’s red tier

This diagram depicts the different country risk levels. Ventura Country lowered from

Emily Francis, Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2020

Ventura County has now moved into California’s red tier after the average case rate dropped below seven cases per 100,000 people and the testing positivity rate went below 8%.  Ventura County met these markers for the past two weeks, allowing the county to move to the lower tier. As of Tuesday, Oc...

EYE 2 EYE: Mandatory or optional cameras during Distance Learning

As students and administrators adjust to  Distance Learning, the decision must be made on whether or not to mandate camera use in class.

Oliver Carter and Charlotte Nicks

October 9, 2020

Pro mandatory cameras: Smile—you’re on camera! Don’t shutter in fear, it’s just a camera By: Oliver Carter John Doe would like FaceTime …  Remind Me 📅 Message 💬 Decline 📞 Accept 📞 Decline. 📞 I get it. I really do. When receiving a FaceTime call, I either turn my camera off, position...

Club Oak Park has not reopened for 2020-21 school year

Jay Dugar, Managing Editor

October 9, 2020

Among the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon Oak Park Unified School District is the halting of childcare offered through the district. Club Oak Park is the OPUSD Extended Care Program, which has provided before and after-school childcare for more than 850 students per year between ...

OPUSD staff member tests positive for COVID-19

An Oak Park Unified School District staff member had tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case in Oak Park since July 2020.

Minnoli Nori, Senior Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

In a virtual board meeting live-streamed via YouTube on Sept. 15, Special Safety and Equity Counselor Holly Baxter announced that an Oak Park Unified School District staff member had tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case in Oak Park since July 2020. Due to their confidentiality, the district i...

The return of college basketball

The return of college basketball

Alex Gaspar, Eric Yeung, and Adam Helfstein

October 9, 2020

For the first time since the annual March Madness tournament was cancelled in March, college basketball looms on the horizon. In an announcement made on Sep. 16, the NCAA officially approved the starting date for both men and women’s college basketball as Nov. 25.  Recently, the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences—who had both originally ...

Student ID photos take place on OPHS campus

Shoshana Medved, Ombudsman

October 8, 2020

Social distance and smile! Student identification pictures are being taken each Friday in October 2020 in the Oak Park High School Pavilion. Strict social distancing guidelines have been implemented to ensure the safety of the event, with masks required to enter. Yearbook adviser and English teacher Kathie ...

Halloween during COVID-19: A compromise between safety and tradition

As Halloween approaches, people will have to balance safety with holiday fun.

Oliver Carter, News Editor

October 8, 2020

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!  The jingle itself is sacred scripture for all things spooky. However, as Halloween-esque as it may sound, a bat from a wet market is not “something good to eat.”  2020 seems like a nasty trick played on us whose origin was sometime around Hallowe...

Get outside and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

Navya Batra / Talon

Navya Batra, Digital Media Manager

October 8, 2020

The majority of my quarantine has been spent in my room behind my laptop screen or lying in bed for hours. It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago that I really pushed myself out of my house to actually do something. It was hard, but worth it. I know it seems like a ton of effort to just go anywhere, but...

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