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Owen Steege (’22), Aren Turhan (’22) and William Iorio (’22) queue to pay for their lunches in the cafeteria Nov. 9. Grades 10, 11 and 12 ate lunch on campus as the administration modified the open campus policy to permit just one grade level to leave campus each day.

Open campus modification takes effect

Cameron Spurr and Sajah Ali November 9, 2020

The administration has restricted open campus privileges to maintain accordance with the U.K. COVID-19 restrictions. Now, students are only allowed to leave the building for lunch once a week: Grade 9...

The current electoral map shows President-elect Joe Biden above the 270 vote threshold required to be elected the next president. Biden’s running mate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the first woman of color elected to the vice presidency.

Biden wins presidency, community reacts

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor November 7, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the U.S. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes swung in his favor midday Nov. 7, propelling him above 270.  After a drawn-out counting process...

Israel and Sudan have agreed to normalize relations in a deal brokered in a three way call with the U.S. Oct. 23. This agreement makes Sudan the third Arab country to reach peace deals with Israel in the past two months, following the United Arab Emirates and The Kingdom of Bahrain.

Israel, Sudan normalize relations

Sajah Ali, News Editor: Online November 3, 2020

Israel and Sudan have agreed to normalize relations in a deal brokered by the U.S. Oct. 23. The Israel–Sudan normalization agreement makes Sudan the third Arab country to reach peace deals with Israel...

Marylebone train station stands empty April 2. The U.K.’s new lockdown, effective Nov. 5, could return many places that are typically very busy to a scene like this.

U.K. to re-enter national lockdown, schools remain open

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor November 2, 2020

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Oct. 31 that the whole country will re-enter a comprehensive lockdown effective Nov. 5. Pertinently for ASL, schools will remain open, unlike in March. Non-essential...

A poster requesting that students sign the SJC anti-racism Open Letter while simultaneously providing a summary of the concepts included in the letter hangs in the English Pod. Members of SJC wrote a letter addressing anti-racism within the High School community which students signed before being sent to administration Oct. 29.

SJC Open Letter stimulates action on anti-racism

Grace Hamilton, Culture Editor: Online October 30, 2020

The Open Letter, written by the Social Justice Council, addresses racism within the school community. SJC began formulating the letter at the beginning of October, and a student version of the letter was...

Owen Humphries (’22), English Teacher Sean Linton and Cece Muecke (’21) join the Gender-Sexuality Alliance’s silent protest, wearing rainbow colors to show support for the LGBTQIA+ community. After middle school students hung up a Trump-Pence campaign flag Oct. 19, GSA encouraged students to show up to school Oct. 26 wearing rainbows on masks, flags and stickers.

GSA silent protest, Trump-Pence campaign flag provoke debate among student body

Cameron Spurr and Sajah Ali October 26, 2020

Editor's note: Article has been updated from original version. Many students and faculty members wore rainbow colors to school Oct. 26 to show support for the LGBTQIA+ community. The silent protest...

With gloves on, Library Administrative Assistant Steve Reed retrieves a book from the shelves of the Mellon Library. The process for borrowing books follows a new quarantine protocol to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Mellon Library accommodates for unique challenges presented by COVID-19

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor October 19, 2020

When a book is dropped off in the Mellon Library, it no longer goes back on the shelves to exchange hands to its next enthusiastic reader. Rather, a meticulous protocol is followed in order to safely sanction...

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a briefing on the U.K.’s COVID-19 outbreak. The government introduced a new plan to quell the spread of the virus based on local risk levels Oct. 12.

U.K. Government introduces new tiered lockdown system

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor October 14, 2020

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a new lockdown system Oct. 12 to control the spread of COVID-19, which has been rising. According to GOV.UK, the seven-day average in cases has increased by...

President Trump and Former Vice President Biden challenge one another in this year’s first presidential debate of the 2020 elections. They addressed issues surrounding healthcare, climate change and taxes.

Community reacts to first U.S. presidential debate

Gabrielle Meidar, News Editor: Print October 12, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden went head to head in this year’s first, and possibly only, presidential debate of the 2020 election Sept 29. The event was moderated by...

The ASL Political Society, run by President Colin Bloom (’22) and Vice President Rodolphe Stern (’22), hosted a Zoom discussion with former Member of the European Parliament for South-East England Belinda de Lucy Oct. 8.

Former MEP Belinda de Lucy visits ASL Political Society

Nick Zirinis, Staff Writer October 9, 2020

The ASL Political Society, run by President Colin Bloom (’22) and Vice President Rodolphe Stern (’22), hosted a Zoom discussion with former Member of the European Parliament for South-East England...

President Donald Trump greets supporters while driving outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Trump was transferred to the hospital Oct. 2 after testing positive for COVID-19.

Community reacts to Trump testing positive for COVID-19

Sajah Ali, News Editor: Online October 5, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump announced via twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump contracted COVID-19 Oct. 2. They are both quarantining just four weeks away from the presidential election.  Trump...

Grade 12 graduation will take place at Central Hall Westminster with extra COVID-19 regulations and will be available to watch over livestream. Grade 12 students may only invite two guests and will be seated on the ground floor rather than the stage.

Grade 12 student tests positive for COVID-19 in second confirmed HS case

Cameron Spurr and Sal Cerrell October 1, 2020

A Grade 12 student has tested positive for COVID-19 Oct. 1, bringing the cumulative number of tests at the school to eight, Head of School Robin Appleby confirmed with The Standard. As a result, 25...

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