The Paly Voice

Wildfires in California are causing poor air quality throughout the Bay Area throughout the warmer seasons. Palo Alto Unified School District recently announced air quality protocols, stating that indoor COVID procedures will be temporarily suspended when the air quality index reaches 151. [[i think bc this photo was from that one day last year that was crazy it might be either a little weird to have it here or a little weird that its not mentioned that this was from one of the days last year when the smoke was similarly bad, i would recommend finding a way to solve one of those 2 issues? lmk if u need more guidance on it]] Some community members, including Palo Alto Educators Association President Teri Baldwin, have expressed concerns about COVID safety on smoky days. We worry about the situation of students in a room with doors and windows closed and no masks when eating, Baldwin stated. We don’t believe that the ventilation system will keep students safe from spreading and/or contracting COVID inside without a mask. [[i think this quote was earlier on in the story so id recommend finding and using a different one]] Photo: Ethan Chen
PAEA revises calendar as smoke complicates COVID protocol
Sofie Zalatimo and Benjamin Grimes September 13, 2021
With the ongoing threat of wildfire smoke, the Palo Alto Unified School District faces the combined challenge of poor air quality and COVID-19, prompting the Palo Alto Educators Association to alter its calendar proposal.
Supt. Austin: Were going to stay open
Supt. Austin: "We're going to stay open"
September 9, 2021
Schools in Palo Alto will almost certainly stay open for in-person learning for the foreseeable future, according to Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin.
Teachers reflect on the first month of school
Teachers reflect on the first month of school
September 8, 2021
After a month back on campus, students and teachers are finally adjusting to in-person learning. Teachers share their first thoughts on returning to school after a year on Zoom.
No outdoor mask mandate to come in high schools, says Supt. Austin
No outdoor mask mandate to come in high schools, says Supt. Austin
September 7, 2021
Despite the rise in Delta variant cases of COVID-19 nationwide, outdoor mask mandates will remain optional for Palo Alto Unified School District high school students, according to Superintendent Don Austin.
Students meet Friday evening on the Quad at Palo Alto High School’s Welcome Back dance.  “I’ve been looking forward to going with my friends and it seems really fun, the energy is really nice,” sophomore Lucy Li said. (Photo: Jonathan Chen)
Underclassmen react positively to ASB-organized events
August 24, 2021
To kick off the in-person school year, the Associated Student Body is organizing social events to welcome Palo Alto High School underclassmen to in-person school.
Community reflects on open campus policy after stabbing incident
College Counselor reacts to Assembly Bill 104

College Counselor reacts to Assembly Bill 104

August 25, 2021

At least one campus college counselor is questioning the recent approval of Assembly Bill 104, which gave California public school students the option to change any letter grades from the past school year to a Pass/No Pass credit.

Rising Artists Podcast: Spill Tab

Rising Artists Podcast: Spill Tab

May 25, 2021

The Paly Voice collaborated with KPLY, Palo Alto High School's podcasting publication, to create Rising Artists Episode 4 which features French-Korean indie-pop artist Spill Tab. In this episode, host Amy Yu analyzes Spill Tab's production and explores her path to music.

Slideshow: Students enjoy first day of ASB-run talent show

Slideshow: Students enjoy first day of ASB-run talent show

May 5, 2021

The lunch scene Wednesday on the Quad — with talent show performers on stage, students playing Spikeball and parents handing out cookies — was reminiscent of a pre-COVID era at Palo Alto High School, as more students return to in-person learning.

Preview: ASB to host student talent show

Preview: ASB to host student talent show

May 5, 2021

Students returning to campus can expect to be dazzled with an array of student performances at Palo Alto High School’s first-ever Talent Show during lunch on Wednesday and Friday on the Quad.

Community reflects on open campus policy after stabbing incident
Underclassmen react positively to ASB-organized events

Underclassmen react positively to ASB-organized events

August 24, 2021

To kick off the in-person school year, the Associated Student Body is organizing social events to welcome Palo Alto High School underclassmen to in-person school.

All roads lead to Jerry Berkson

All roads lead to Jerry Berkson

June 3, 2021

Assistant Principal Jerry Berkson deserves a raise (at least in my humble opinion). Over the course of a 30-minute interview late last month to discuss the unusual school year, I lost track of how many times we were interrupted — from texts to phone calls to people popping into Berkson’s office in the Tower Building. People regularly approach him for just about any issue, Berkson says.

Madrono seniors reflect on yearbook and school year

Madrono seniors reflect on yearbook and school year

June 2, 2021

As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, Madrono seniors can celebrate the final days of their high school career, reflect on a year revolving around COVID-19 and the yearbook-making process, and share the yearbook that they have worked so hard on for the past year.

Opinion: The virus doesn’t care if you’re an athlete
Opinion: How to get the remaining 50% onto campus — persistent testing

Opinion: How to get the remaining 50% onto campus — persistent testing

April 4, 2021

Despite the opportunity to return to campus, students at Palo Alto High School continue to face the harsh realities of distance and online learning: The loss of education, mental health issues, obesity and hunger are just a few. The exacerbation of the achievement gap also grows each day as a significant proportion of Paly students remain in distance learning.

Rising Artists Podcast: Spill Tab
Slideshow: Students enjoy first day of ASB-run talent show

Slideshow: Students enjoy first day of ASB-run talent show

May 5, 2021

The lunch scene Wednesday on the Quad — with talent show performers on stage, students playing Spikeball and parents handing out cookies — was reminiscent of a pre-COVID era at Palo Alto High School, as more students return to in-person learning.

Preview: ASB to host student talent show

Preview: ASB to host student talent show

May 5, 2021

Students returning to campus can expect to be dazzled with an array of student performances at Palo Alto High School’s first-ever Talent Show during lunch on Wednesday and Friday on the Quad.

Preview: ASB to host first-ever Senior Week

Preview: ASB to host first-ever Senior Week

May 3, 2021

Seniors can look forward to participating in exciting activities — including donning 2000s clothing and attending a concert — during Palo Alto High School’s inaugural Senior Week at lunch, May 11-14, on the Quad.