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Modern car garage offers 486 new parking spaces

As the initial phase of the 2017 Bowie Bond Program, the four story parking garage has been completed and is open to student and faculty use. In addition to 486 new parking spots, the garage hosts tennis courts on its fourth story, offering a modern practice and tournament arena for the tennis team.
Dimitri Silva, Reporter December 2, 2020

The parking garage seen behind the fence as students arrive at school every morning was finished during the past summer, concluding the initial phase of the 2017 Bond Program. The estimated $90 million...

AISD activates COVID-19 rapid testing program to ensure student and staff safety after November break

At a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site, health care workers perform rapid COVID-19 tests on individuals in a drive through format. Starting on Wednesday, Dec. 2 and ending on Friday, Dec. 4, Austin Independent School District will offer rapid testing at six locations for participants in on-campus instruction that want to ensure they are not carriers of the virus. After an initial week of remote  learning, on-campus instruction is projected to resume on Monday, Dec. 7.
Cade Spencer, Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2020

Large family gatherings with exciting games, potlucks, and celebrations are traditional cornerstones of the Thanksgiving holiday. However, in the era of COVID-19, the typical family celebrations had to...

Reopening Phase 3 offers new hybrid model for on-campus instruction

As of Monday, Nov. 2, Reopening Phase 3 will officially be activated. The main difference between Phase 2 and Phase 3 is the introduction of the new hybrid model, which allows for an increased number of students to participate in on-campus instruction.
Cade Spencer, Editor-in-Chief October 31, 2020

Since the implementation of Reopening Phase 2 on Oct. 5, less than 100 students have returned to campus to participate in Stationary Homeroom Instructional Pods (SHIPs). However, as of Monday, Nov. 2,...

Reopening plans for school

October 19, 2020

The plans for returning back to school from virtual learning.

Returning back to school debate

October 19, 2020

As school has started virtually this year, many students are debating wether or not returning to school is the safest option.

AISD reopening plan amidst a pandemic

Dylan Ebs, Election 2020 Editor October 14, 2020

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees met on September 28 to discuss the plans for the return to in-person school on October 5 and to vote on a proposed change to the 2019-2020 school calendar. When students...

Attending school off-campus could be the safest option

Schools should focus on keeping students, staff, and their families safe and healthy by allowing them to stay home until an effective vaccine for COVID-19 is developed and administered. 
Amanda Zinni, Copy Editor October 13, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many “normal” aspects of life have been taken away. As school continues virtually from home, students and teachers are making the best of the situation. However, many...

Reopening Phase 2 allows limited students and staff to return to campus

As of Monday, Oct. 5, Bowie is in Phase 2 of its campus reopening plan. After completing a COVID-19 health screening, students report to SHIP rooms on campus, remaining in the same classroom the entire school day while completing remote instruction via Zoom and BLEND. The total amount of students and staff allowed on campus is calculated on a weekly basis, called the building capacity, based off national and local health guidelines.
Cade Spencer and Arushi Sharma October 6, 2020

Monday, Oct. 5, the dormant halls of campus were awakened by the arrival of the initial group of students and staff to return officially since the facility was closed on March 13.  The individuals...

Google Fiber outage and unstable WiFi connections present challenges to students in remote learning

Junior Chris Thompson participates in remote learning from his father’s office after Google Fiber's service was disrupted at his home. On Sept. 11, Google Fiber had several outages across the nation, causing students to seek alternative methods of internet connection to complete online class work.
Sammie Thompson, Reviews Editor October 2, 2020

A student’s computer screen, displaying all of the people in their first period Zoom meeting, suddenly freezes. Moments later, the audio cuts out. A message pops up over the now-frozen faces of their...

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