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Q: Will we be able to vote in the 2020 General Election?

May 15, 2020

A: Yes, as several political leaders view voting as an essential event, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who issued an Executive Order to ensure that California residents will be able to exercise their right to vote. So whether we must send in our ballots by mail or drop them off at a specified location, those eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election on Nov. 3 will most likely get their c...

Q: Which sources are reliable for COVID-19 information?

May 15, 2020

A: Among the fake news and conspiracies, there is a myriad of resources that provide daily and trustworthy information: -California Coronavirus ResponseĀ  -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -World Health Organization -National Institutes of Health -U.S. Food and Drug Administration -Occupational Safety and Health Administration -Hospitals, including, but not limited to Kaiser Permane...

Q: Can I still travel locally?

April 30, 2020

A: Yes, but only if it is imperative, as you may run the risk of contracting or exposing others to COVID-19. Several forms of public transportation, including Caltrain, BART, and SamTrans, are still open, but companies are reducing their services....

Q: Why do we need to wear face masks?

April 30, 2020

A: Wearing a face mask to cover your face and mouth can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as it limits exposure. So, when you are away from home or, for instance, going to the grocery store, it is recommended that you wear something to cover your face to further prevent others from contracting the virus. Also, be sure to wash your reusable face cover often.

Q: Is COVID-19 testing available near me?

April 30, 2020

A: Yes, pilot testing for COVID-19 is available at various sites in the Bay Area, including in San Mateo County. If you are interested in the program, click here for more information.

Q: Can COVID-19 spread to pets?

April 24, 2020

A: Yes. However, while animals can be infected by COVID-19, it is rare that they can spread the virus. As of today, there is no evidence that suggests otherwise. Refer to the Center for Disease Control's website for more information.

Q: What grade is considered passing? Or is passing subjective to the teacher?

April 24, 2020

A: If a student receives a grade of a D- or higher in a class, they will have "passed," meaning any grade below a D- will constitute an automatic fail for that class. While teachers don't flip a switch and decide whether a student passes or fails, it is up to that teacher what grade percentage produces which letter grade.

Q: What will Carlmont’s new grading system be?

April 16, 2020

A: Carlmont, along with other schools in the Sequoia Union High School District, is adopting the pass/no pass grading system for the 2020 spring semester. The district board made this decision on April 15. For more information, refer to this document.

Q: When will the next SAT be?

April 15, 2020

A: As of right now, there is no certainty that there will be an SAT soon. The College Board just announced that the June SAT will be canceled, but also that they will ensure that students will eventually be able to take the test.

Q: How much longer will the shelter-in-place last?

April 8, 2020

A: The shelter-in-place is projected to end on May 3, according to the San Mateo County website. However, this date may change depending on the increase or decrease in the number of cases.

Q: Is COVID-19 airborne?

April 8, 2020

A: No, COVID-19 is not airborne and primarily spreads through droplets produced by a sneeze, cough, or through saliva.

Q: Will there be a food or supply shortage?

March 26, 2020

A: It is highly unlikely that a shortage will occur, as the food supply chain is intact, and suppliers are working to meet the increasing demand. Although a widespread panic has caused store shelves to empty, that does not reflect the amount of supply and food production.

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