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Magic of cinema from comforts of home

COVID-19 has forced several movie production companies to adjust their release timelines. Disney's Mulan's March 27 scheduled release in the United States has been delayed because of coronavirus.

Yasemin Ragland, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic, we have not been able to go to the movies or other crowded public places. Disney - Pixar’s Onward was in theaters for about two weeks, having been released on March 6. And it can be bought digitally in the United States for $19.99 before going on Disney Plus starting o...

Executive Order extends school closure

Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a press conferencing issuing an Executive Order regarding social distancing due to COVID-19. Per his instruction, Coppell ISD along with other Texas schools will remain closed through May 4.

Karen Lu, Daily News/Assignment Editor

March 31, 2020

In Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s press release today, an Executive Order was issued implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas, effectively extending school closures through May 4.  Per Abbott’s instructions, schools in Coppell ISD will remain closed...

CISD extends closure through April 19

CISD extends closure through April 19

Karen Lu, Daily News/Assignment Editor

March 27, 2020

Today, Coppell ISD announced an extension in the school closure through April 19. Currently, the district plans to reopen April 20 for staff and April 21 for students. Online learning will remain through April 20.  With Texas having more than 1,700 COVID-19 cases and more than 20 deaths and the Unit...

CISD implements new pass or fail grading policy for fourth nine weeks

Coppell ISD changed grading practices for the fourth nine weeks to reflect either a passing or failing grade in a class, as opposed to numerical grades. This is one of many district-wide changes that have come about due to school closure and COVID-19. Graphic by Anthony Cesario

Akansha Singh, Staff Writer

March 27, 2020

Amidst a district-wide shift to online curriculum, Coppell ISD has changed grading practices such that final and three-week report cards will reflect either a passing or failing grade for the fourth nine weeks of school. This change applies to elementary and secondary campuses. Any assignment ave...

A day in the life of two quarantined high school students

Nishant Medicharla

Christie Hernandez and Nishant Medicharla

March 27, 2020

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) disease, many schools throughout the nation have closed to limit the spread of the virus. In this video, The Sidekick business manager Nishant Medicharla and staff videographer Christie Hernandez show their daily routine, and how they have been passing ...

Board of Trustees discusses COVID-19 school closure update

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees met Monday night via Zoom video conferencing. The board discussed the plan moving forward in the coming weeks with campuses closed due to COVID-19.

Sarah Habib, Writer

March 26, 2020

On Monday night, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees meet virtually to discuss updates and courses of action taken during CISD’s school closure due to COVID-19.  CISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt reported recent cancellations and the decision on school holidays such as April 10 and April 13: Wea...

International IB exams canceled for 2020 Diploma, Course Certificate candidates

International Baccalaureate (IB) exams have been canceled internationally due to the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting over 200,000 students worldwide. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) will release FAQs and additional details regarding the cancellation to IB schools and coordinators by Friday.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

March 23, 2020

Today, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) announced the cancellation of all IB exams internationally that were scheduled from April 30 through May 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The decision affects over 200,000 juniors and seniors worldwide who were signed up to take Standard Leve...

College Board to implement home testing for AP exams

College Board to implement home testing for AP exams

Karen Lu, Daily News/Assignment Editor

March 20, 2020

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, College Board released an announcement today regarding the revised AP exam policies.  In lieu of traditional face-to-face exam administrations, College Board is offering a 45-minute online exam at home. These new exams can be taken on any device stud...

COVID-19 pandemic shuts down local entertainment culture, brings struggles for eatery owners

GEORGE | COFFEE + PROVISIONS and the Cozby Library and Community Commons are only two of the many local eateries and facilities impacted by the City of Coppell and Dallas county’s regulations to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19). The new restrictions include the closure of citywide facilities, the cancelation of large events and the minimization of restaurant services.

Shravya Mahesh, Entertainment Editor

March 20, 2020

With coronavirus (COVID-19) cases growing nationally and locally, Dallas County and the City of Coppell have mandated numerous closures, cancelations and modifications to entertainment-related activities and locales.  On Wednesday, Dallas County issued an amended order stating that no recreational gat...

Athletes utilizing resources to stay fit without school practice

Coppell senior defender Nathan Hernandez delivers a pass against Lewisville on Jan 31 at Buddy Echols Field. Hernandez has been working out this week by practicing soccer with one or two friends due to the UIL suspending all school practices outside of school hours, including the use of school facilities

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

March 20, 2020

Following UIL direction, all school practices and use of school facilities (including open gym and open weight room) outside of school hours have been suspended due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus. As Coppell ISD has canceled school through April 3, this leaves athletes without a class pe...

Coppell sports suspended amid COVID-19 concerns

Coppell senior tennis captain Clark Parlier is one of many players who were affected by UIL's suspension of all sports seasons and closure of school facilities due to COVID-19 (the coronavirus). The suspension will last through May 4 per UIL, though the UIL is expecting to allow practices before competition is allowed to resume. Photo illustration by Shriya Vanparia and Sally Parampottil

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

March 19, 2020

Coppell athletics is seeing a stop in all sports following an official announcement from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) prohibiting competition until May 4 due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. This is an extension from the previous March 29 suspension given last week.  A...

Prom latest event to cancel due to COVID-19 pandemic

Coppell High School canceled prom to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.The class of 2020 prom was scheduled for April 4 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Nishant Medicharla, Business Manager

March 19, 2020

Coppell High School canceled prom, originally scheduled for April 4 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, for the class of 2020 in an email sent by CHS Principal Laura Springer on Wednesday.  The cancelation is a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak which also suspended STAAR testing and postponed S...