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Staff Editorial: Pass-no credit system’s value unclear

Art by Maggie Klaers. Park administration announced the high school would switch to a pass-fail grading system for the rest of the semester.

May 5, 2020

Although it is important to ensure accessibility and fairness for all students, Park’s decision to switch to the pass-no credit grading system may not have been the right one, and the roll-out of the plan could certainly have been better. Under the new system, students will either receive credit or no ...

Staff Editorial: School closure necessary to protect community

Art by Maggie Klaers. According to the Echo, St. Louis Park Public Schools will remain closed from March 17 to April 6 in order to stem the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As of 4:15 p.m. March 15, there are 35 cases in Minnesota, 2,815 cases in the United States and 156,800 infected worldwide with 5,762 dead, according to The New York Times.

March 15, 2020

This op-ed is updated as of 4:20 p.m. March 15. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Louis Park Public Schools plan to close for nearly three weeks from March 17 to April 6, according to a phone blast sent out March 15. Although this decision should’ve been made sooner, the Echo Editorial Board applauds the district for acting with an abundan...

Staff Editorial: Park must keep students informed of COVID-19 

Photo illustration by Kaia Myers. A doorknob is sanitized by a disinfecting wipe. The district has cancelled all after-school events and field trips in response to COVID-19.

March 14, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread around the United States, schools are taking action to combat the pandemic. According to the Star Tribune, there have been 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, including one confirmed in St. Louis Park.  Students and staff alike have been anxious to hear P...

Staff Editorial: New law benefits fight against COVID-19

Patients check into Methodist Hospital March 10. As the spread of COVID-19 continues, lawmakers made the decision to invest over $20 million to plan a statewide response to protect Minnesotans. Through this funding, hospitals will be better equipped to handle the outbreak.

March 13, 2020

After the first case of COVID-19 in Minnesota was announced March 6, state lawmakers have decided to rush $20.89 million to help fund and plan a public health response to protect citizens from the virus. The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate and House, and Gov. Tim Walz signed it into law March...

Staff Editorial: Permanent block scheduling feels unnecessary

Assistant principal Jessica Busse explains the block schedule and seven-period schedule options to junior McCabe Dvorak and freshman Te’Seanna Tate Feb. 24. Students who participate in the survey will be entered to win gift cards.

March 4, 2020

As new start and end times come into effect in the 2020-21 year, the Scheduling Task Force has turned its focus on the 2021-22 year. Currently, it is presenting its options for the daily schedule. The seven-period option allows for meeting time before school and collaboration after third hour. The block sch...

Staff Editorial: Protest brings important issue to national stage

A protestor leads a chant through a megaphone during Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's rally at St. Louis Park High School March 1. Klobuchar announced she would be suspending her campaign March 2.

March 4, 2020

At the beginning of Sen. Amy Klobuchar rally March 1, a group of protesters took to the stage with the goal of spreading awareness of Klobuchar’s involvement in the imprisonment of Myon Burrell. Although all citizens have an inalienable right to the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and...

Staff Editorial: Bathroom mirrors should not be incentive

Senior Alex Riley takes a shot during the Sno Daze pep fest Feb. 14. Student Council announced the possibility of new mirrors in the bathrooms if students participated in dress codes.

February 24, 2020

Going to the bathroom at school is a hassle. First, you have to find an unlocked bathroom and wait in line for an open stall. Also, few bathrooms include mirrors, so you have to search for a bathroom with a mirror if you need it, even if that bathroom is nowhere near your class. At the pep fest Feb. ...

Staff Editorial: Iowa Caucus produces muddled results

Photo Illustration by Emily Ziessman. The Iowa Caucus Feb. 3 failed to announce a winner for several days and was riddled with technical and human errors.

February 11, 2020

In light of the Iowa Caucus controversy — where nearly everything went wrong — changes must be made to the overall nominating process for the Democratic Party. The Caucus Feb. 3 initially planned to announce a winner by evening, but issues arose surrounding the use of a relatively new and untested ...

Staff Editorial: Protest at state capitol highlights community values

Art by Maggie Klaers. India's new controversial law concerning immigration has caused protests in cities across India and the United States, including St. Paul.

February 1, 2020

On Jan. 26, more than 200 people, many of Indian descent, arrived at the Minnesota Capitol to protest India’s new law regarding citizenship. The Citizen Amendment Act causes religion to be taken into account when immigrants apply for citizenship in India.  Many protesters believe the law is discriminatory ...

Straws by request will create environmental impact

Art by Sophie Livingston. In an attempt to reduce straw waste and help the environment, the straws by request amendment was added to the Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance. The straws by request amendment went into effect Jan. 1.

January 17, 2020

In an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic used by consumers in St. Louis Park, the straws by request amendment was added to the Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance, which went into effect Jan. 1. Under this amendment, food establishment personnel are required to wait for a customer to request a straw rathe...

Staff Editorial: Sale of parking passes inaccessible

Students buying parking permits online may cause barriers. Second semester parking permits will be sold online for the first time Jan 24.

January 9, 2020

As finals and the beginning of second semester near, Park administration has announced that parking passes for the remainder of the year will be sold online for the first time.  Although this system will likely be more efficient than the one used in the past — where students had to come in to sch...

Staff Editorial: Shortened winter break prompts many perspectives

Snow falls in front of the new high school entrance Dec. 8. Winter break is now shorter than in previous years with students getting back to school Jan. 2.

December 19, 2019

With a shorter winter break, the Echo Editorial Board feels this change may be detrimental to students despite its benefits. For the 2019-2020 school year, winter break will last Dec. 21–Jan. 2, less than the previous year’s winter break which spanned from Dec. 22–Jan. 6. The final day of school for Park this school year is June 4, earlier t...

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