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The Student News Site of Rock Bridge High School

Bearing News

The Student News Site of Rock Bridge High School

Bearing News

A bus from CPSs Grab-and-Go Meal Service delivers food at a designated stop. Photo courtesy of Michelle Baumstark.

Food delivery programs service affected groups

Sarah Ding April 13, 2020
Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch won’t have access to cafeteria meals for the rest of the school year. The CPS Nutrition Services and Transportation Departments have combatted this issue by providing breakfast and lunch to students through the CPS Grab-and-Go Meal Service, which began March 30.
Students work jobs to save money, evade boredom; responsibilities affect online learning

Students work jobs to save money, evade boredom; responsibilities affect online learning

Maddie Orr April 8, 2020
RBHS students describe how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their work hours and income, as well as how it is changing their role in the workforce.
Hands of adult female student typing on computer keyboard while studying at home in the evening

First day of online learning sparks discussions of academic equality

Amira McKee March 31, 2020
In accordance with Boone County Health Department’s social distancing guidelines, Columbia Public School (CPS) students began their first day of online learning using virtual study and communication methods March 30. Originally, CPS closed its schools March 18 with the plan of resuming session April 13. After the city of Columbia issued a stay-at-home order from March 24 until April 24, however, CPS extended its recess until April 27. CPS Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark said the district still plans to reopen April 27, despite President Donald Trump’s March 29 announcement that social distancing guidelines should remain until at least April 30.
NHSEB considers hosting national tournament virtually after cancellation

NHSEB considers hosting national tournament virtually after cancellation

Amira McKee March 31, 2020
he University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, which hosts the National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB), is considering holding the competition virtually after announcing the cancellation of the in-person event March 11. This year, the RBHS Ethics Bowl team won the state tournament, disrupting Hickman High School’s four consecutive years as championship, and qualified to advance to the regional match for the first time since 2015. The team then went on to win a bout against the Nebraska state champions, earning them a spot at the national tournament.
Macro detail of Surgical medical face mask as individual protection device.

Students sew surgical masks to donate to healthcare facility amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Amira McKee March 30, 2020
As a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, there has been a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as surgical masks, gowns and face guards. In order to subsidize the demand, several non-profit organizations are calling for students and community members alike to sew or create supplies to donate to hospitals and charities.
Photo by Ryan Choe

Local places of worship cancel, adjust services

Ryan Choe March 23, 2020
At least 25 places of worship in Columbia, MO announced on their online websites that they postponed services due to the health and safety concerns stemming from COVID-19.
Photo from Envato Elements.

Coronavirus isolates but also unifies; an international outlook on the pandemic

Sarah Mosteller March 22, 2020

Students aged 15-20 from around the world share their experiences as they face the COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries are enforcing social distancing, causing feelings of isolation to creep in, but amidst...

District cancels school-related music concerts after COVID-19 concerns

District cancels school-related music concerts after COVID-19 concerns

Anjali Noel Ramesh March 18, 2020
District personnel from the Columbia Public School (CPS) Aslin Administration Building ordered the cancellation of all RBHS school-related music concerts after March 15.
CPS suspends school amid COVID-19 concerns

CPS suspends school amid COVID-19 concerns

Anna Xu March 17, 2020
Columbia Public Schools (CPS) won’t be in session tomorrow and won’t reopen until April 13 at the earliest; however, this 26-day cancellation may change depending on future events relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19), CPS Superintendent Dr. Peter Stiepleman said in an email to faculty and staff members yesterday. 
Close up woman hands using sanitizer gel dispenser, against Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

COVID-19 misinformation fuels racist sentiments and reactions

Audrey Novinger March 17, 2020
Students respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and discuss the racism surrounding the pandemic.
Doctor wearing respiratory mask and holding the Coronavirus Covid-19 blood sample

Research drives local reaction to COVID-19

Sarah Ding March 17, 2020
As COVID-19 spreads across the world, researchers and students in Columbia express their concerns and share information about the pandemic.
Junior Olivia Henderson takes off of the wall for her 100-yard backstroke. Im not happy with how I started that race, Henderson said. I left my hips in the water because I was afraid of my feet slipping, but it definitely slowed me down. Photo by Turner DeArmond.

Speedo Region VIII Sectionals canceled because of COVID-19 health concerns

Turner DeArmond March 16, 2020
Junior Turner DeArmond's swim season was supposed to culminate the Speedo Region VIII Sectionals March 12-15, but COVID-19 health concerns cut it short.
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