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COVID-19 pandemic delays many on-campus plans, reopening of school on Nov. 2 will not affect progress

The area in front of the building is enclosed with fences in preparation for the ongoing school construction of the landscaping of the PAC, which will include the installation of a retaining wall.
Alice Shin November 22, 2020

Despite the completion of the $4.5 million renovation of the Performing Arts Center [PAC] since the spring semester, the coronavirus pandemic has delayed landscaping work outside of the building with no...

Relief, frustration, confusion among student reactions to cancellation of SAT testing locations, California public universities’ decision to not require scores on college applications

Many public colleges, including California State University, Fullerton, have decided against requiring an SAT or standardized test score on college applications, as College Board testing centers have been closed throughout much of California because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lauren Jung November 19, 2020

With COVID-19 positive cases still being reported in much of Southern California, the College Board has yet to reopen any of its SAT or SAT subject testing locations, forcing students -- especially seniors...

Students, staff adapt to new hybrid learning schedule with shorter class periods, longer gap before break for those with a zero period

Senior Benicio Tristan uses his chromebook on the tables next to the cafeteria while following COVID-19 health guidelines on Nov. 5 during break, which comes after third period in the new hybrid learning schedule.
Michelle Sheen November 17, 2020

All Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] campuses have now implemented the new hybrid learning schedule, which was used starting Nov. 2 to accommodate in-person and distance learning. “Overall,...

Biology, chemistry teachers renovate classrooms with new laboratory stations

Science teacher Andrew Gartner’s renovated classroom, Room 112, features new lab stations in the
Henry Lee November 10, 2020

When students return to campus for hybrid learning next week, they will see “batwing” style lab stations in many of their science classes. “Our science department is really, really strong and...

School library reopens to students though only 40 allowed inside at a time

School officials have placed plexiglass in front of the checkout counter of the campus library as one of several other COVID-19 health and safety measures added inside. Since Sunny Hills reopened Nov. 2 for live classroom instruction, the library has also opened with updated hours for students to use, though the maximum amount that can be inside at a time has been reduced by 24%.
Yeihn Lee November 7, 2020

As Sunny Hills reopened for live classroom instruction under the hybrid learning model Nov. 2, the school’s library also became available for student use with 40 out of the regular maximum of 164 allowed...

Most Sunny Hills seniors eligible to vote opted to mail in their ballots during COVID-19 pandemic

Seniors eligible to vote this year were given the option of voting in-person, by mail or by drop box.
Rida Zar November 5, 2020

With a black pen in hand, senior Andrew Miller sat at his dining room table signing documents, checking boxes and reading over propositions before leaving his ballot in the mailbox early last month. “I...

Students, parents and teachers clash on effectiveness of school opening, safety plan

Sunny Hills staff and custodial crew have placed stickers throughout walkways and walls to remind students returning to school when it opens Monday to social distance, sanitize their hands and keep their masks on.
Kate Yang November 1, 2020

This is the third and final of a series of stories dealing with the scheduled Nov. 2 reopening of Sunny Hills High School and what COVID-19-related safety and health measures the Fullerton Joint Union...

COVID-19 forces about 60% to stay home next week

Nearly eight months after the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the shuttering of classrooms, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District will reopen on Nov. 2.
Yeihn Lee October 31, 2020

When Sunny Hills moved to a distance learning form of education in March, Fullerton only had six positive coronavirus cases, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency [OCHCA].  When the 2020-2021...

ASB creates safety guidelines video for students in preparation of Nov. 2 campus reopening for hybrid learning

A skit in the video shows principal Allen Whitten checking to see if students are wearing their required wristband, which signifies that a student has a temperature below 100 degrees and is allowed to be on campus for that day.
Sydnee Tallant October 28, 2020

The Associated Student Body [ASB] has produced and posted online a seven-minute video to reinforce to students Sunny Hills’ safety plan for when the campus reopens Nov. 2 for live classroom instruction. “The...

Expect to see Safety Hills when hybrid learning starts Nov. 2

The Winston the Lancer statue sits above the touch-free sanitizing unit placed in the main office in Room 3. Custodians have placed one touch-free sanitizing unit identical to this one in every single classroom for students to utilize as they enter or leave.
Kate Yang October 27, 2020

This is the second of a series of stories dealing with the scheduled Nov. 2 reopening of Sunny Hills High School and what COVID-19-related safety and health measures the Fullerton Joint Union High School...

High winds Monday, Oct. 26, spark fire — twice — on palm tree across street from Sunny Hills, forcing evacuation of staff, teachers

While standing on Anaheim Fire Department’s Engine No. 2, a firefighter uses a hose to extinguish a palm tree’s flames across the street from the 20s building on Oct. 26. Firefighters had been dispatched to the Sunny Hills campus twice -- at 11:36 a.m and again at 12:20 p.m. to respond to a palm tree that struck power lines and caught fire twice because of winds reaching 20 mph.
Andrew Ngo and Tyler Pak October 26, 2020

While gusts of up to 60 mph wreaked havoc in Orange County for most of Monday, Oct. 26, and caused several wildfires totaling over 7,000 acres, the Sunny Hills campus in Fullerton was also momentarily...

Apocalyptic or epic? Teachers, students share reactions to Nov. 2 reopening of live classroom instruction

While the COVID-19 pandemic caused a transition to distance learning on March 18, the district’s board of trustees voted on Oct. 6 in favor of returning to school on Nov. 2, which led to students having mixed reactions about the decision.
Alice Shin October 23, 2020

Theater and English teacher Amanda Gieser called a return to live classroom instruction under the hybrid learning model this semester “uncomfortable, eerily quiet and even more isolating -- an apocalyptic...

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