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Cloth face coverings will be required for all students above the first grade.

Wearing a Mask Gets Us Back to School

July 21, 2020

What used to indicate that someone was sick is now a preventative measure for the general public. Masks are considered to be one crucial aspect of the fight against COVID-19. While they can be uncomfortable, masks are just one measure allowing students to return to in-person school this year. Guidelines by the Education Continuation Task Force as well as the Governor’s Office, Department for Public Health, Kentucky...

The recent outrage over police killings of black Americans has led thousands of people to sign petitions like this one.

Students, Policymakers Call for African American Studies

June 12, 2020

As many students take to the streets to protest police violence, two Dunbar graduates have taken a different approach: addressing how racism impacts school systems. Kaden Gaylord and Olivia Geveden, graduates of Dunbar’s class of 2018, have started a petition “to make ‘African American Studies’ a course offered at each public high school in the district.” The petition was inspired by a thread Gaylord posted on Twitter on May 29 questioning the lack of educatio...

Comparing Kentucky’s Largest Districts’ COVID-19 Responses

Comparing Kentucky’s Largest Districts’ COVID-19 Responses

April 25, 2020

Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) are the largest school districts in our state. How have they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic? Let's take a look at different issues and how each district handled them. (Note: consider the population of and challenges faced by each district. Over 60% of JCPS students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, and 49% o...

While students who took the ACT on March 10 are getting their scores, those who missed the original test date will be unable to take the exam for months.

COVID-19 Pandemic Prompts Universities to Adopt Test-Optional Admission

April 18, 2020

Elizabeth Moore, a junior at Henry Clay, woke up sick on the morning of March 10.  “I had a GI bug and was throwing up the night before,” she said. “We thought it might pass and I would be able to take the ACT, but realized at 3 a.m. that I wasn’t going to get over it quickly enough.” She said that she wasn’t too concerned about missing the test. “COVID cancellations hadn’t starte...

At the University of Kentucky hospital, nurses and doctors are risking their lives for the well-being of their patients.

Our Healthcare Heroes

April 15, 2020

Since the beginning of COVID-19, doctors and nurses in the Lexington community have worked diligently to take care of patients battling this fast-spreading virus. They have risked their lives every day going into work, making them the heroes of our community. “The risk to our healthcare workers is one of the great vulnerabilities of our health-care system in an epidemic like this,” Liam Yore, a board member of the Washington state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians said. When the pandemic first hit the U.S., many hospital...

The Vaping Epidemic isn’t Over

April 3, 2020

Teen smoking is not a new problem, and over the years, proof of addiction has been heavily documented. According to the Center of Disease Control, in 1988 around three-fourths of people who were considered to be addicted to cigarettes claimed that they tried their first one before they turned 18. 32 years later, many teens are still smoking before they legally become adults, but now teens are using e...

A bare parking lot in front of local businesses in the Lexington community.

How COVID-19 is Affecting Local Businesses

March 27, 2020

In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, Governor Andy Beshear has now closed all non-life sustaining businesses from in-person traffic. This currently includes restaurants, gyms, and other in-person services. This has presented many difficulties for people who are self-employed or work in these industries. “The biggest challenge that I’ve had to face is the fact that it isn’t safe for me to do hair rig...

The US Department of Commerce owns the Census Bureau, which conducts the decennial survey.

U.S. Census: Every Person Counts

March 25, 2020

The 2020 Census is quickly approaching and this time it is crucial that every individual is accounted for.

Dunbar student wiping down the screen of a school Chromebook to prevent the spread of germs.

KDE Issues Precautions to Stop Spread of Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

Since eight Kentuckians have been identified as carriers of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kentucky Department of Education has issued guidelines for schools. In addition, the Kentucky Department for Public Health released a document that indicated their response to the COVID-19 situation. On its web site, KDPH stated "Our State Health Operations Center is operating at Level 1, its hig...

Kentucky has a bill proposing the ban of conversion therapy on minors. The reception in the state has been divided, and the bill is still pending.

Kentucky’s Anti-Conversion Therapy Bill Still Pending

March 11, 2020

A Dunbar freshman who asked not to be named shared her fears about revealing herself to her parents. “I am not out to my family yet, and I don’t really plan on coming out any time soon because I'm scared they will send me to something like conversion therapy," she said. "I’m just really afraid they won’t accept me for who I am." This is a valid concern of many youths in Kentucky and t...

Super Tuesday Shake-up

Super Tuesday Shake-up

March 5, 2020

Super Tuesday is the most important day of any Presidential election, it can make or break a campaign. Historically speaking the candidate who wins the most delegates on Super Tuesday is able to keep their delegate lead wide enough to eventually become the nominee. Super Tuesday is the first real test for candidates as every demographic participates, unlike Iowa and New Hampshire which are nota...

The site of the crash at Harrodsburg Road and Old Higbee Mill Road

PLD Teachers Run to the Rescue

March 5, 2020

At an intersection near Harrodsburg and Old Higbee Mill roads, approximately 2.5 miles from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, band director Mr. Brian Morgan, physical education teacher Mr. Lee Jonas, and English teacher Mr. Gary Egan witnessed a three-car wreck on their way home from school. At approximately 3:45 p.m., cars were waiting at the stoplight at the intersection when a truck came barr...