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Law enforcement implements fines for shelter in place violations

A grocery cart stands abandoned during shelter in place.

Melissa Auchard, Staff

April 7, 2020

Reports of carelessness surrounding the shelter in place order have prompted the Fairfax police department to issue fines.  According to an email from the department received by local residents today, April 7, most complaints relate to construction projects considered non essential, a lack of so...

TUHSD offers free meals for families in need starting April 13

TUHSD offers free meals for families in need starting April 13

Emily Cardwell, Staff

April 3, 2020

Friday, April 3, families of the Tamalpais High School District (TUHSD) received either a phone call or email from Student Nutrition Director Lisa Herberg regarding student nutrition services amid school closures.       With the closure of schools across America, students are faced with a crisi...

College Board releases new AP testing policy

College Board releases new AP testing policy

Jack Reuter

April 3, 2020

With schools across California closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Advanced Placement (AP) Exams have transferred to 45 minute online tests. The College Board is basing the new exam material on what most schools could reach by early March.  Senior Vice President of the AP Program Trevor Packer hosted a v...

Coronavirus puts mountain biking season in peril after successful first race

Sophomore Luke Willis tears through mud on the trails of Swasey.
Photo courtesy of Katherine Csizmadia

Jack Reuter

April 3, 2020

The Drake mountain biking team won their first race at Swasey Recreation Area on Mar. 7, yet the coronavirus threatens to end the rest of their season. The race was a muddy, five mile loop with a 586 feet elevation gain. Riders had to not only battle the uphill climb, but withstand the rain peltin...

TUHSD moves to structured school schedule in response to COVID-19 closures

TUHSD moves to structured school schedule in response to COVID-19 closures

Fiona Nudd

April 2, 2020

As of this morning, Apr. 2,  the Tam Union High School District has a new schedule in place for teachers and students across the district. The schedules set specific and unified times across the district for both classes and office hours.    This new schedule will be going into effect once students and fa...

Prospective UC high school students, accepted UC students, and UC transfer students affected by new UC coronavirus accommodations

Prospective UC high school students, accepted UC students, and UC transfer students affected by new UC coronavirus accommodations

Melissa Auchard, Staff

April 1, 2020

While the coronavirus may put California students out of school for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, the Universities of California have accommodated for the unusual circumstances.  For prospective fall 2021 students, standardized test scores will not be required, letter grades for the s...

Governor Gavin Newsom says California schools will not reopen this year, fails to issue official order

The quad of Drake sits unusually empty for a Thursday afternoon.

Samantha Parr, Staff

April 1, 2020

For nearly three weeks, students in California adjusted to remote learning while waiting to hear how long schools would stay closed. On Wednesday, April 1, Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed that all California schools will remain closed throughout the remainder of the academic year.

State superintendent says California schools will not reopen, TUHSD has yet to make a decision

State superintendent says California schools will not reopen, TUHSD has yet to make a decision

Natalie Agnew

March 31, 2020

In a letter released this morning, California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recommended that schools prepare distance learning for the rest of the year. Despite news coverage highlighting the certain nature of this closure, Thurmond stressed that this letter is not a directive. The final decision remains in the hands of school districts and health departments.

Books that are terrible to read during a shelter in place order

Alexandra Fry

March 30, 2020

My motif is usually writing about good books and water bottles, but today I’ve decided to share some books that make for terrible reading material during a shelter in place order.  To the Lighthouse. A book about people reflecting on their life choices while on a remote coast.  Lovely Bones. A teenage g...

Social distancing activities for couples

Alexandra Fry

March 30, 2020

Just because we’re under a “shelter in place” order, doesn’t mean that you have to cancel date night! Here are some safe outdoor activities that involve being at least six feet apart.  Canoeing. The average canoe length is seventeen feet long, making social distancing easy to balance. Plus...

Bay Area Shelter in Place explained

Jack Reuter

March 30, 2020

Six Bay Area counties closed on Tuesday Mar. 17 following the new ‘shelter in place’ directive. The order affects Santa Clara, San Francisco, Alamanda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Marin, totaling 6.7 million people. Health officials plan to reduce the spread of coronavirus by social distancing, maintaini...

Fairfax provides a stage for local teen talent

Adelina Merrell

March 30, 2020

The Women's Club in Fairfax hosted an under 21 event this past Saturday evening. Hosted by Adam Shapiro, a music instructor and Fairfax local coordinated with the help of Fairfax Mayor Renee Goddard.  This event was the first of many more to come. The turnout of teens who attended the event show...