Potential COVID-19 Vaccine is in Development

A Swedish Doctor injects the Coronavirus vaccine into an AstraZeneca volunteer. The many stages of vaccine development depend on the success of previous trials.

Sidra Asif, Staff Writer

September 21, 2020

AstraZeneca, a Swedish pharmaceutical company, started the third and last phase of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine clinical trial on Sept. 1. The vaccine would be administered world wide  if all trials go well. On Sept. 9, however, the vaccine resulted in one of the volunteers developing an unknow...

California’s 2020 Forest Fire Season Deemed ‘The Worst’

California’s dry climate nurtures forest fires. Homes surrounded by dry grass and bush are especially vulnerable to burning down.

Aadi Mehta and Erin Choi

September 18, 2020

Over the past three weeks in California, the Los Angeles Times and CNN reported record-breaking heat temperatures and that more than 3.2 million acres of land have burned down because of the forest fires. Air pollution in metropolitan areas has skyrocketed: in an interview with ABC News, Dr. Mark Nicolls...

Seniors Socially Distance at the Top of the World

Krisha Konchadi and Clara Ferreira Lopes

September 14, 2020

The Top of the World, Laguna Beach, is the traditional spot that most Irvine High schools host their senior sunrise, because of the local shops and breakfast spots nearby, and the breathtaking view of the ocean and sky from high elevation.  A group of seniors came together to host a student-run senior sunrise...

Irvine Unified to Begin Hybrid In-Person Instruction September 24

Though hybrid learning will allow students to return to campus, most elements of a traditional school day will be modified to account for safety procedures such as cohorts, social distancing and minimization of shared surfaces. The adjusted cohort schedule will make enforcement of such procedures more management for students and staff.

Jenny Won, Opinion Editor

September 11, 2020

Assuming that current downward trends of coronavirus spread continue, Irvine Unified students enrolled in the hybrid model will resume in-person instruction Sept. 24-25, depending on their cohort assignment.  The schedule for the week of Sept. 21 will be staff development days with no student in...

Freshmen Campaign Week and Elections Held Virtually

Under in-person instruction, freshmen would vote for their ASB leaders during their advisement period. This year, freshmen can vote on Canvas from their homes.

Ryne Dunman, Business Manager

September 11, 2020

UPDATE (09/15/20) 10:41 p.m.: After the voting period ended, it was revealed on Sept. 14 that freshmen Makena Wong was chosen as the freshmen vice president while Arjit Singh was elected as the freshmen president. "My biggest goal is to bring people together," Wong said. "Social distancing has really left ...

Asynchronous Videos Replace In-Person Back to School Night

Back to School Night videos for each teacher will be around ten minutes long, mimicking the time schedule that physical Back to School Nights had.

Bia Shok, Features Editor

September 9, 2020

Parents will receive a personalized email with their child’s schedule and a link to access pre-recorded videos of their child’s teachers created for Back to School Night on Sep. 9. Videos will include content on the course curriculum, grading system and teacher, which are identical details parents w...

Virtual Spirit Week Replaces Annual Welcome Back Dance

WOW had five events, and ASB featured participating students on ASB Instagram stories. The grade with the most contributing students earned a point for the class points system, a competition in which each class competes for the most points at the end of the year. Before WOW, freshmen had 10 points, sophomores have 5 points, juniors have 15 points and seniors have 20 points in the class points system, and the updated points will be announced in a few days.

Bia Shok, Features Editor

September 4, 2020

To maintain school spirit during online learning and compensate for the lack of the Welcome Back Dance this year, ASB arranged Week of Welcome (WOW), a virtual spirit week from Aug. 31 to Sep. 4.  The interactive event encouraged students to send pictures of them participating in various activities ...

Clubs Go Virtual for the 2020-21 School Year

Requiring club meetings to remain virtual even in the event students return to in-person instruction allows IVA students to continue to participate in clubs.

Ryne Dunman and Kate Hayashi

September 2, 2020

Clubs will meet in a virtual setting for the entire school year and can include students from both the Irvine Virtual Academy (IVA) and hybrid learning models, according to clubs commissioner and junior Britney Vuong’s announcements at the club interest meeting on Aug. 28. Clubs that have been ren...

Orange County School Reopening Recommendations Delayed to September 22

Under California’s new four-tiered COVID-19 system, almost all counties in Southern, Central and coastal California are in the “purple” tier.

Jenny Won, Opinion Editor

September 1, 2020

The Orange County Health Agency announced on Sept. 1 that any possible school reopenings have been extended to Sept. 22 at the earliest, in accordance with the new COVID-19 progress tracking system released by the California Department of Public Health. IUSD Communications sent an email also on Sept. ...

One Last Time

Simrat Singh, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 5, 2020

In many ways senior year has not played out the way I had hoped or ever envisioned for myself. After struggling and working through three years of high school, I was excited to go to more football and basketball games, spend more time with my friends and enjoy the final dances and banquets. At the sam...

A Happy Ending

Helena Hu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 5, 2020

To say that I did not have high expectations for how my senior year would play out would be a complete lie. Senior year was supposed to be the best year of my life to date-- I would enjoy my last tennis matches, Friday sports games, dances and, of course, my last year of being in the Pilot, in which...

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