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The student news site of Amador Valley High School


The student news site of Amador Valley High School


The student news site of Amador Valley High School


Following the new masking guidelines, Laurel Wall (24) and Anika Parkhi (24) complete their work next to each other.

State and county health departments highly encourage mask wearing as campus COVID cases rise

Lucy Taylor and Haley Gottlieb May 9, 2022

Throughout the past few weeks, there has been an influx in COVID-19 cases on Amador’s campus. School officials, the California Department of Public Health, and the Alameda County Public Health Department...

The number of absent students in Mrs. Da Costas classroom reached new levels at 27 on Tuesday, Jan 11.

Attendance rates plummet by over 10 percent at Amador after winter break

Carol Xu, Kevin Zhu, and Soumya Rangan January 18, 2022

Rows of empty seats and desks greeted Amador teachers and students in classrooms with the return to school on January 11. In response to the recent proliferation of the Omicron variant, attendance rates...

While vaccination rates are relatively high in our state, the near 50% of the population that is not fully vaccinated is still at risk.

Mandatory vaccinations for students in public schools are on the horizon

Renna Popli, AVT Editor-in-Chief October 13, 2021

Gavin Newsom has set into motion a plan to make COVID-19 vaccinations a part of the list of required vaccines needed to attend California public schools.  “I think it’s good that the vaccine is...

Videos on the fake theories and news on the COVID-19 vaccines can no longer be found on YouTube.

YouTube banned all anti-vaccine content: why it doesn’t violate the First Amendment

Leila Touati, AVT Editor-in-Chief October 11, 2021

YouTube banned all anti-vaccine content on their site, and contrary to popular belief, the free speech portion of the First Amendment is not violated. “YouTube is not the government, it is a private...

Volunteers get students ready for registration and testing in front of the band room.

Amador band students begin weekly COVID-19 testing

Carol Xu, AVT Page Editor October 4, 2021

As of Monday, Sept. 27, all Amador band students are required to take a COVID-19 test in class every Monday after the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated their guidelines on playing with...

Downtown Pleasanton carries shops for everyone’s needs, with small local stores and chain stores alike.

Pleasanton shop owners on their opinions on SF’s new vaccination policies

Elyssa Lieu, AVT Editor-in-Chief August 25, 2021

Pleasanton shop owners remain firm in their support for protection measures, including San Francisco’s recent change to their coronavirus policies. “[Right now] the mask mandate is Alameda County’s,...

Teachers watch as news sources describe the new mandate that Newsom recently announced.

Governor Newsom mandates vaccination for teachers

Yi (Steven) Yang, AVT Editor-in-Chief August 18, 2021

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced a new measure that requires all California school teachers and staff to either show proof of vaccination or get tested every week to accommodate in-person...

Examples for proof of vaccination include a copy of your CDC vaccination card, documentation from a healthcare provider, or a digital vaccine record.

San Francisco to mandate vaccination proof for indoor venues

Leila Touati, AVT Editor-in-Chief August 17, 2021

San Francisco will require proof of full vaccination for residents entering indoor places starting August 20. Being the first major city to place such a mandate, San Francisco, like many other cities...

The Amador campus awaits students for the 2021-2022 school year.

Health and safety guidance for the 2021-2022 school year

Yi (Steven) Yang, Editor-in-Chief July 28, 2021

Last Friday, Pleasanton Unified School District sent an email detailing its plan for the student body to return to in-person instruction during the next school year and its safety precautions as well.  According...

Having been (and still somewhat) isolated at home for so long, more families and adults feel capable bringing a furry friend into their homes.

Dog adoptions have increased since covid hit

David Cease and Auguste McDaniel May 21, 2021

Pet adoption has seen a major boost over the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have been turning to furry friends for company while, in the meantime, giving cats and dogs a loving home.  Since the COVID-19...

Masks have been in high demand the past year because of the CDC guidelines.

New mask rules under Biden’s adapting vaccine plan

Jasmine Andrea, Staff Writer May 21, 2021

Over one-third of the US population is fully vaccinated. As anyone age 16 and up is eligible to get the COVID vaccine, the vaccine rates are accelerating. But what happens when you are fully vaccinated? Remember,...

With possibilities of the Covid-19 pandemic becoming an endemic, the world is far from the herd immunity threshold.

The world may never reach herd immunity — here’s why

Leila Touati, Senior Editor May 16, 2021

In a recent New York Times article, Andrés R. Martínez writes that the world, especially the United States, may need to learn how to live with the virus, as the hope for ‘herd immunity,’ the point...

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