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Showing your face on Zoom #2: The laws around showing your face & “active participation” in class

During remote learning, the AV Introduction to Criminal Justice teacher Nakisha Harris gave an animated explanation of a topic while a student in her Zoom call had their camera off. Ms. Harris was extra enthusiastic in order to keep her student engaged.

Shuchi Parikh, Staff Writer

October 16, 2020

During remote learning, the laws around keeping cameras on during class have been unclear to many students, and the issue of what counts as participation varies from class to class. In order to ensure that students are participating in distance learning, California state law has established certain rul...

Showing your face on zoom #3: Tips & Tricks for dealing with teachers who require you to show your face

Showing your face on zoom #3: Tips & Tricks for dealing with teachers who require you to show your face

Albertine Combs, Editor

October 16, 2020

Many Amador students are enrolled in classes where showing their face is necessary. Some students are struggling with this new format of learning. Teachers around campus have shared their tips and tricks on how to successfully deal with online classes.  “I'm not telling [students] to put your ca...

Showing your face on Zoom #1: positive and negative effects on others

Four students sit in a Zoom call with their cameras off as is the case in many Zoom classes during the remote learning period.

Shuchi Parikh, Staff Writer

October 15, 2020

Many classes during distanced learning at AVHS have various rules and expectations regarding keeping your camera on during class. Students also have diverse opinions on how Zoom classes and camera expectations have been working so far this year. Teachers that are flexible about whether students need to have t...

117 New emojis coming to Apple

The Apple emojis currently available can be expecting some new additions.

Senyi Yang, Staff Writer

October 14, 2020

Apple users everywhere are in luck, as Apple has 117 new emojis lined up for 2020. The added icons include almost 60 new emojis created in an attempt to be more gender and racially inclusive. There are also 62 newly added object-based emojis such as a toothbrush, a boba drink, and many new animals lik...

Pleasanton PTA Council School Board Candidates’ Forum (October 5)

Moderator Linda Dewlaney, President of the PTA council Donalyn Harris, and the five PUSD school board candidates gather in a Zoom meeting to discuss their ideas and views on particular issues.

Samantha Clinton, Staff Writer

October 8, 2020

On Monday, October 5th, the Pleasanton PTA Council held a forum for the PUSD school board candidates via Zoom.  During the 90-minute forum, candidates delivered their introductory and closing statements, and they answered questions from audience members and moderator Linda Dewlaney.  A few of the ...

Recent studies show that vaping makes you more prone to COVID-19

Recent studies show that vaping makes you more prone to COVID-19

Kennedy Mayo, Senior Staff Writer

October 4, 2020

There has been a recent study undergone by Stanford University that reveals that young people that JUUL are more likely to get COVID -19.   “San Francisco showed that vaping significantly increases the likelihood of a COVID-19 diagnosis among young people aged 13 to 24 in the US,” said Queen's ...

The Oakland Zoo reopens with new COVID-19 restrictions

Signs are placed around the premises of the zoo to remind visitors of precautions.

Soumya Sahay, AVT Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2020

Many businesses and tourist attractions around the Bay Area have shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, one beautiful part of the bay has recently re-opened for public visitation: The Oakland Zoo! The Zoo has opened its doors once again, with a few new precautions to keep visitors safe...

Pleasanton salons refuse to shut down, instead go card-only

The front doors at Sola Salon Studios in Pleasanton are filled with signs to encourage social distancing to their best ability.

Jasmine Andrea, Staff Writer

October 2, 2020

“Quarantine hair” is a new term that people started using to call their long, unkempt, or poorly cut and sometimes dyed hair due to the pandemic.  There is a clear desire and public request for salons. Luckily, as Alameda County slowly creeps out of the dark, and as salon owners and employee...

UC applicants still must worry about placement based on standardized test scores

UC applicants still must worry about placement based on standardized test scores

Jamilla Zuniga, Senior Staff Writer

October 2, 2020

UC’s decision to transition into a test-blind application process has led to a variety of positive and negative impacts. “A student could still choose to submit their score, but...it would not be considered for the admissions decision. It would be considered for other matters, [such as] course p...

New petition against losing 40% of Bicentennial Park

With Century House at its center, Bicentennial Park is a landmark of Pleasanton.

Matthew Kim, Editor

September 30, 2020

A recent move by the City of Pleasanton to create a parking lot in Bicentennial Park located on Tanager Drive has been met with strong pushback from Pleasanton community members. “I think parks are really important right now, and that especially with COVID having everyone stay more at home and s...

Which masks are the proper ones to wear?

Which masks are the proper ones to wear?

Albertine Combs, Junior Editor

September 30, 2020

With COVID-19 cases increasing and masks rules being emplaced, many are left wondering what the best mask to use during this global pandemic is.  All masks aren’t created equal. While others can be a life saver, others can wind up being more detrimental than wearing no mask at all. The CDC recomme...

Students are remotely signing in from distant locations

Students can join their online classes from any location, as long as they have internet and a working device.

Kendall Witters, Editor

September 28, 2020

When it comes to attending your classes, it’s as easy as the click of a few buttons and you’re there. This now gives students the flexibility to sign in from anywhere.  Locations range from going to a friend’s house all the way to traveling to another state. Some students have jumped at th...

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