Month: April 2020

Closed Doors and Global Lockdowns Raise Domestic Violence Cases

By Alexandra Saffa-Hoethke, editor

Thu April 16, 2020

(GWUOHS) — Schools are dismissed, work is postponed, and doors are closed. As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads globally, another public crisis arises – domestic abuse. The intentions of the mandatory stay-at-home court orders and lockdowns work in the interest of public health; however, leave a vast majority in danger. Victims of physical, domestic, sexual, and psychological abuse are now trapped at home with their abusers. The mandatory regulations implemented worldwide aberrantly affect those who face domestic abuse and seclude them from outside resources that would ordinarily provide them relief and safety.

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How COVID-19 has affected students

Lily McLean, editor

This article was completed on April 16th and many of the students polled submitted their answers as early as mid-March. Some information will not be current due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation.

On March 16th, 2020, it was announced that millions of Californians, spread across several counties, would be required to shelter in place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At the drop of a hat, everything changed. Businesses closed, people lost their jobs, and everywhere, citizens were contemplating the prospect of being trapped within their homes for an indefinite period of time. Governor Gavin Newsom extended this order three days later to cover the entire state. Since then, 45 states have announced at least partial shelter-in-place orders, putting normal American life on hold. As the coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, news outlets have covered the myriad of ways it affects citizens, from record numbers of people filing for unemployment to a dangerous shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). In this article, we give students the chance to explain how they have been affected by the coronavirus in their own words.

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Creating Art Together- Figuratively

Francesca R., journalist

As is common knowledge, COVID-19 was officially characterized as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.  Following this, emails and news stories announcing the cancellations of various performances, classes, and even the closing of studios as a whole flooded into artist’s inboxes. Before we all knew it, everyone’s calendar was emptier than a grocery store’s toilet paper aisle. However, rather than being excited and looking at this as an extended spring break, this brought about significant panic. Artists already get paid very little, would they be paid during this time? And as it is so difficult to “make it,” in a career in the art industry, every minute of practice is of the essence for students. How would they receive proper instruction and training? Fortunately, because of modern technology, continuity in training and a continuation of practice in the arts has been made possible.

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Why GWUOHS is the perfect school for me

Emma D., journalist

According to the Middle States Association, one of the top regional accreditors of educational institutions in the country, the George Washington University Online High School was “by far the best online school…ever visited”. Since I was one of the few students that was a member of the GWUOHS re-accreditation team, I was ecstatic to receive this news. Still, when people hear that I attend the George Washington University Online High School, I receive mixed reactions. Some react positively, remarking that my decision is unique and interesting, while others react negatively, commenting that my decision is unusual and a bit strange. Whatever the reaction I come across, after having spent the last four years at GWUOHS, I have never once looked back.

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Art During an Epidemic

Hank T., journalist

Background:

On March 12, 2020 every Broadway show currently running was shut down by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. This was a response to stop the spread of COVID-19. Initially, the theaters were only supposed to be shut down until April 12. However, this date has been extended to June 7, the day the Tony Awards were supposed to be broadcast. Although this response is completely appropriate and helpful in stopping the spread of Coronavirus, it is leaving many people in the entertainment industry in need of money and supplies. So, many people with industry jobs are turning to an organization called The Actors Fund.

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Chernobyl Wildfires Increase Radiation Levels

Emre S., journalist

Ukrainian firefighters have reported a wild forest fire near the abandoned nuclear plant of Chernobyl. Radiation levels are considerably lower than they were after the 1986 accident but the radiation still poses risks. Now that the smoke is going up the levels of radiation are getting higher.

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A Look into the COVID-19 Effects on Refugees

Alexa W., journalist

In times of stress or uncertainty, most people tend to look toward humor as a coping mechanism.  Such remains true of the response to the coronavirus which currently affects the entire world. Although making jokes and poking fun at the disease helps to lighten the mood and make the situation more bearable, it remains important to consider some of the more serious matters at hand amidst the pandemic.

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