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Fact-checking the pandemic part two

Fact-checking the pandemic part two

Gabriel Kaplan and Talia Lissauer

March 26, 2020

This story is updated as of 3:30 p.m. March 26. Earlier this month, Echo asked its Instagram followers to submit questions and we did our best to answer your concerns then, and we have reached out again and done our best to answer below. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to co...

Governor announces stay-at-home order, further school closures

Governor announces stay-at-home order, further school closures

Marta Hill, Gabriel Kaplan, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer

March 25, 2020

During a conference call March 25, Gov. Tim Walz ordered all Minnesotans to limit their movement outside of their homes to protect those most at risk from the pandemic — this request includes an extension of distance learning until May 4. “There is no magic around a two-week period. We ha...

IB exams cancelled

IB exams cancelled

Isabel Kjaer and Talia Lissauer

March 23, 2020

Amid concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak, International Baccalaureate has canceled its May 2020 exams, according to a statement released March 23.  “Our students, their well-being and their progression in future stages of life have been at the forefront of our thinking as we respond to this extraordinary pande...

District implements free meal program

District implements free meal program

Ryan Barnett

March 22, 2020

Due to school closures, St. Louis Park Public Schools will begin to deliver daily meals to students who rely on free and reduced lunch starting March 23. The meals, delivered by buses to 13 locations, will consist of bag lunches for students and their families, and bag breakfast for the morning after. ...

College Board announces COVID-19 plan

College Board announces COVID-19 plan

Gabriel Kaplan

March 20, 2020

This story is updated as of 12:10 p.m. March 20. According to a release published by the College Board, which administers Advanced Placement exams and the SAT tests, the testing will focus on what students were able to learn by early March and will be administered online. “Some students may w...

Park to begin distance learning March 18

Park to begin distance learning March 18

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

March 17, 2020

Though the decision to cancel all Minnesota schools March 18-27 due to COVID-19 was not one Governor Tim Walz made lightly, he said the school closures will allow for a smooth transition if long-term cancellations are necessary.  “While children have proven to be less vulnerable to this virus, w...

Mayor Jake Spano declares state of local emergency 

Mayor Jake Spano declares state of local emergency 

Noah Orloff

March 16, 2020

This story is updated as of 10:30 p.m. March 16. After speaking about the city’s plans during a City Council COVID-19 briefing March 16, St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano declared a state of local emergency. “In order to make sure our city staff have the opportunity to move quickly when they ne...

Governor closes restaurants, bars, other public facilities

Governor closes restaurants, bars, other public facilities

Marta Hill, Gabriel Kaplan, and Talia Lissauer

March 16, 2020

This story is updated as of 6:20 p.m. March 16. At a press conference March 16, Gov. Tim Walz announced Executive Order 20-04 which closes restaurants, bars and other public accommodations for in-person services between 5 p.m. March 17 and 5 p.m. March 27 in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Deliver...

Park releases schedule for March 16

Park releases schedule for March 16

Gabriel Kaplan and Marta Hill

March 15, 2020

This infographic is updated as of 8:50 p.m. March 15. Following Governor Tim Walz’s order that all schools close starting Wednesday, St. Louis Park Public Schools announced it will close its doors to students beginning March 17 in a phone blast to students March 15. Teachers will use March 16 — which will run on the advisory day schedule — to update their students on their plans for ...

St. Louis Park closes public facilities, plans to meet on COVID-19

St. Louis Park closes public facilities, plans to meet on COVID-19

Gabriel Kaplan

March 15, 2020

This story is updated as of 7:15 p.m. March 15. In an update published by the St. Louis Park municipal government, the city announced it will close the Westwood Hills Nature Center, the Recreation Outdoor Center, and the Rec. Center, however, city hall will remain open for the time being.  “...

Staff Editorial: School closure necessary to protect community

Staff Editorial: School closure necessary to protect community

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...

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