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Q: Will we be able to celebrate Halloween?

Hanna Kryhina, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

A: Yes! While Halloween will look different this year, the San Mateo County Department of Public Health has outlined safety guidelines and ideas for how to celebrate. Trick-or-treating is strongly discouraged because it makes social distancing difficult and involves touching high contact surfaces like doorbells and candy bowls. The safest way to celebrate is to plan activities with members of your househ...

Q: What should I do with my face covering after returning home?

Hanna Kryhina, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

A: When you return home, you should remove your face covering carefully. Untie the strings or stretch the ear loops and remove the mask, handling only the ear loops or ties. Wash your hands before and after handling your face covering. If you are using a surgical mask, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash to properly dispose of it. Surgical masks can only be used once. If you are usin...

Q: Can you get COVID-19 from food or water?

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer

October 3, 2020

A: According to Mayo Clinic, there is currently no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is transmissible by eating or handling food. However, it is possible to contract COVID-19 by touching an infected surface and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. According to the Centers for Disease Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contracting COVID-19 through water is also unlikely. Water treatment facili...

Q: Which masks protect against COVID-19 and wildfire smoke?

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer

September 13, 2020

A: N95 masks without an exhalation valve protect against COVID-19 and wildfire smoke. However, experts recommend reserving N95 masks for healthcare professionals. Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cloth masks that protect against COVID-19 do not offer the same protections for wildfire smoke. Surgical masks are also ineffective. Unlike the aerosols that carry...

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 Response  -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.

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