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Staff editorial: Time to wind down restrictions

Staff editorial: Time to wind down restrictions

May 8, 2021

Gov. Walz announced the end of most pandemic restrictions by May 28 — including the mask mandate by July 1. Considering the continuous decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the Echo...

Students walking through the hallway to get to class on April 9. while COVID-19 cases rise, students feel conflicted going back to 100%.

Staff Editorial: Move to full-capacity forces for normalcy

April 13, 2021

Park returned back to 100 percent capacity April 12. Students will return four days a week, with Wednesdays remaining as a support day where they will only attend connections class. All classes will be...

Art teacher Angela Jacob talks to a student during an asynchronous class Feb. 23. The Echo Editorial Board is in favor of keeping Park’s current schedule and believes switching to a fully synchronous schedule would be unhelpful to students.

Staff Editorial: Adjusting schedule not necessary

March 5, 2021

With students returning to hybrid learning, some students, parents and staff have questioned the current schedule and whether it could be changed. While a change could benefit the people in hybrid a little...

Sophomore Mya Stanberry works on her assignments in the cafeteria during first hour Feb. 25. Cohort B returned for in-person learning on Feb. 25 and 26, while cohort A and cohort C remained online.

Staff Editorial: Return to hybrid successful

February 28, 2021

Park returned to hybrid learning at 50% capacity Feb. 22. Originally, grades 9 and 12 were to return first and 10 and 11 March 8, but after Gov. Tim Walz announced it was safe for schools to move at a...

Junior Murphy Fries and Ava Hanson work on their assignments in the Learning Lab Feb. 12. Seniors and freshmen will be returning to school Feb. 22, split into three cohorts with a new hybrid-learning plan.

Staff Editorial: Return to hybrid learning raises concerns

Sam Listiak February 15, 2021

Although distance learning has taken a toll on many of us, it may be a little too early to go back into school. Park introduced a plan which includes freshmen and seniors returning back to school for hybrid...

Junior Will Dooley eats lunch during hybrid learning Oct. 26. Park students were no longer required to attend asynchronous check-ins as of Jan. 25.

Staff Editorial: End of asynchronous check-ins proves beneficial

February 5, 2021

Although asynchronous check-ins were initially helpful in building community and offering extra support, ending the check-ins Jan. 25 was the right decision. It seemed every teacher treated the mandatory...

Sophomore Frankie Robello works on his computer at the Oriole Study Nest Dec. 17. The Study Nest is open Monday to Friday during school hours and is a resource for those who need a quiet environment to work.

Staff editorial: Schedule changes bring hope for academic success

January 26, 2021

During Park Connections, Park was introduced to a possible change to block scheduling. Students at Park were asked to fill out google forms to express their sentiments towards the changes for the upcoming...

Seniors Claire Bargman and Olivia Etz ski at the track during Nordic’s first practice Jan. 4. The Nordic team has been split up into four pods with 25 people each.

Staff Editorial: Students should reevaluate their pods

January 15, 2021

With new changes in the community like the return to sports across Minnesota, the pod size of students has steadily grown. Opinions vary in the definition of what a pod is and how big it should be. The...

Jeffrey Cohen works with students over Zoom during an asynchronous period Jan. 8. The Echo Editorial Board believes one-on-one or optional asynchronous classes like these should be implemented at Park.

Staff Editorial: Check-ins for asynchronous classes unproductive

January 9, 2021

Using up work time for attendance during asynchronous class periods proves to be a waste of students time after almost a semester doing it. At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, it was well established...

Junior Juan Russy skates up the ice with the puck in his possession Nov. 12. After Gov. Tim Walz’s restrictions end, students believe high-risk sports like hockey may be delayed longer than low-risk sports such as Nordic skiing

Staff Editorial: Low-risk sports deemed safe to return after restrictions are lifted

December 14, 2020

Restrictions were imposed Nov. 20 for winter sports, delaying them for four weeks. Gov. Tim Walz will make an announcement on whether the delay will be extended, or end, on Dec. 18. Walz has broken up...

Math teacher Erik Ahlquist talks with students during an AP Calculus class. Students can now receive help from their teachers by signing up on the Student Support Time App for either individual or group sessions.

Staff Editorial: Student Support Time proves beneficial

December 11, 2020

Under the weight of the ongoing pandemic, many are struggling to keep up with school work. But, Park has our back.  With the Student Support Time App, which was rolled out last month, administration...

Junior Murphy Fries works to complete her schoolwork in the Orioles Nest. The Orioles Nest is a safe place to work on schoolwork during the school day.

Staff Editorial: Orioles’ Nest program feels safe

November 22, 2020

Although Park has moved to distance learning, the administration created a program that allows students an opportunity to study in-person. With the new Orioles’ Nest program, students are able to go...

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