Face Coverings and Mask Selection
Stevenson Athletics is following the recommendations of our medical partner PediaTrust and has announced that student-athletes will no longer be allowed to wear masks with exhalation valves or vents. In addition, it is recommended that gaiter-style face covers should not be used. This will be the expectation for all students on campus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined that the use of gaiters or face shields is not recommended.
The State of Illinois has not extended the deadline for seniors to show proof of meningitis vaccination. Seniors are reminded to submit proof of vaccination to the Stevenson nurse’s office as soon as possible to comply with the state deadline of Oct. 15. Forms can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about this requirement is outlined on the Health Services Nurses webpage.
Half-Wit Submissions Sought
The Wit and Half Wit co-curricular club produce several literary magazines that showcase student fiction, poetry, prose, drama, raps, musical scores and art. This year the Half Wit, which publishes works created by freshmen and sophomores, is going online and in addition to fiction, poetry, essays, and art, students will now be able to send in music, short films, and even animation. Any freshman or sophomore is invited to send submissions to club sponsor Jim Barnabee by Oct. 30 to have their work featured.
Illinois Virtual College Fair
A Virtual College Fair Event is being held online through Oct. 22. This free program is open to all Illinois students and their parents. Hundreds of programs are offered for students to get exposure to a variety of colleges and interact with college admission counselors. More information and links to register for individual programs can be found on the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling website.
PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS
Varsity Results for Tuesday, Sept. 29
The Stevenson Boys Golf team finished with a team score of 308, finishing in second place in the North Suburban Conference behind Lake Forest, who combined for a score of 286. Junior Madhav Muralidharan paced the Patriots with 74 and tied for fourth place. Seniors Nick Udoni and Bradley Park tied for eighth place with a round of 77.
Results for the Sept. 29 girls cross country meet at Lake Zurich High School were not available at the time of publication.
Correction: The name of Yachi Patel, a member of the girls swimming and diving team, was misspelled in yesterday’s edition.
Chicago Public Schools Plan to Provide Some In-Person Special Ed Services
A plan to reopen CPS buildings to offer some in-person therapeutic services for students receiving special education services is being considered. The proposal includes services such as physical therapy or vision screenings.
Economic Impact on Higher Education
The estimated financial impact of the pandemic on American colleges and universities is expected to exceed $120 billion. Additional costs related to testing, contact tracing, quarantine, treatment and learning technology and increased need for student aid are contributing factors.
New Earned Admissions Program at Utah State University
For students who lack the grades or test scores to normally be considered for admission, Utah State announced a new program that gives students an alternate way to show their college readiness. This program which involves taking three self-paced classes is considered a low-cost and low-risk method for students to demonstrate they are prepared for college-level work.
Minnesota Schools Address Educational Disparities
Schools across Minnesota are adding new staff and approving policies to combat racism in schools.
North Carolina School Board Censors Member for Slur Heard Off-Camera
Although the cameras were off, a school board member in North Carolina was heard using a word to demean people with intellectual or developmental disabilities when her microphone was still open. A petition is circulating for her resignation and the school board has censured her behavior.