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On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that school districts would be prohibited from instituting mask mandates for the 2021-22 school year. As a result, Coppell ISD has announced that wearing masks will be optional in the fall.

Full in-person learning returning for 2021-22

Anjali Vishwanath, Staff Writer May 20, 2021

On Tuesday, Coppell ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt announced the district will not require face masks for staff and students in the 2021-22 school year.  Dr. Hunt also announced CISD is resuming...

Following a brief period of lowered COVID-19 cases, a recent surge of cases in April has left India grappling with a second wave, making it the country with the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world currently. Source: Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

India’s COVID case spike spurring increased caution among locals

Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager May 17, 2021

After a period of little to no COVID cases in India, a recent surge of cases created a second wave, leaving millions infected.  “Every boundation [imitation] was removed, schools, colleges, malls,...

Transitioning into high school can be a daunting task for oncoming middle school students. This can intensify when students are dealing with the troubles of a poor state of mental health that can come along with a pandemic.

Pandemic makes for challenging one-year experience for freshmen

Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor May 13, 2021

“This year has been crazy.”  CHS9 student Sunya Ajani began the first nine weeks of her freshman year virtually and switched to in-person school in the second nine weeks for the remainder of the...

Common microaggressions against the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community can snowball into violent hate crimes, as evidenced by the Atlanta spa shootings on March 16. The shootings sparked a nationwide reaction against racism and spurred local organizers into action.

COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act passes following waves of anti-Asian sentiment

Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor May 6, 2021

On April 22, the United States Senate passed a bipartisan COVID-19 hate crimes bill to enact protections for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.  The bill is a concrete step from the...

Coppell High School AP chemistry teacher Amy Snyder receives her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on March 9 at CVS Pharmacy in Southwest Arlington. Teachers nationwide have been eligible to get the vaccine since March 8. (Photo courtesy Amy Snyder)

District teachers protecting classrooms by getting COVID-19 vaccine

Iniya Nathan, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

Teachers across the nation celebrated in relief when President Joe Biden announced he was using “the full authority of the federal government” to help teachers and other school staff members get the...

It has been a full calendar year since the last regular day of school at Coppell High School prior to COVID-19’s influence. Coppell ISD is still upholding various coronavirus-related guidelines, such as social distancing and wearing masks.

One year later: Campus commemorating memories on school closure anniversary

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor March 6, 2021

Three fourths of the way into the 2020-21 school year, Coppell High School art teacher David Bearden’s classroom, E103, holds about five students per class period, out of approximately the 25 enrolled....

2020 was defined by politics, a global pandemic and social justice movements. Though many were optimistic about the beginning of a new decade, the year turned out to be full of unexpected changes and ups and downs.

The hand we were dealt

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief December 31, 2020

It was meant to be the best of times, it was warped into the worst of times, it was the age of social activism, it was the age of polarization, it was the epoch of pandemic, it was the epoch of politics,...

After online end-of-course exams last week, Coppell High School and Coppell ISD are responding to adjustments to testing requirements for graduation. Spring exams are set to be online, while individual graduation committees seek to fill in the gaps.

Testing graduation requirement upheld

Neha Desaraju, Entertainment Editor December 17, 2020

Last month, Coppell ISD sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for flexibility in administering standardized end-of-course exams and potentially eliminating them altogether. While the state...

As we approach the end of this semester, some students may feel exhausted or experiencing academic burnout from a tiring year. The Sidekick staff writer Manasa Mohan provides tips on how to stay motivated and finish the year off strong.

Preventing academic burnout with simple tips

Manasa Mohan, Staff Writer December 15, 2020

High school is a difficult experience for many students. With coursework, extracurricular activities and a student’s personal and social life, it can get very overwhelming. Now, high school students...

COVID-19 brings changes to Coppell Farmers Market

COVID-19 brings changes to Coppell Farmers Market

Tanvee Patil, Staff Photographer December 7, 2020

Coppell Farmers Market business owners explain how COVID-19 has affected their businesses this year. The Coppell Farmers Market is open while following COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines every Saturday...

Coppell ISD conducts manual contact tracing, in which a team of four district leaders receive phone calls and answer questions from administrators and nurses across 18 campuses daily. NOVID, a COVID-19 radar mobile application developed by Carnegie Mellon University associate professor Dr. Po-Shen Loh, was pitched to CISD in August, but the district is not planning to adopt it at this time.

Mapping COVID-19: adopting manual, technological means of contact tracing

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor December 1, 2020

One positive case.  One student, walking the carpeted halls of Coppell High School, sitting down for lunch and going home to siblings and parents.  One student, unwittingly spreading the virus...

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Thanksgiving plans to change this year as people travel less and have less extensive meals due to unemployment. These economic restrictions and health concerns may allow for a more low-stress celebration.

COVID-19 Thanksgiving modifying family traditions

Anjali Vishwanath, Staff Writer November 25, 2020

The pandemic has now taken over the holiday season, as new guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise against traveling for Thanksgiving. Accordingly, people have had to...

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