McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

Though the public has sought guidance from the CDC throughout the pandemic, the organizations most recent guidance, which leaves choices up to individuals, does not adequately protect the public.

Opinion: New COVID guidance shows CDC’s unreliability, negligence

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer August 19, 2022

After two years of guiding Americans through COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have seemingly given up on ensuring public safety. Though some chose not to follow previous guidance,...

Seniors from the class of 2021 toss their caps during a low-capacity graduation ceremony in the West Campus main gym on May 20, 2021. This year’s graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place at McCracken Field with no COVID restrictions.

MCHS to host outdoor graduation ceremony with all seniors

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor May 17, 2022

On May 21, Upper Campus will hold its first fully in-person graduation since the combining of East and West as well as the height of the coronavirus pandemic.  The ceremony will take place at McCracken...

The total numbers of behavior incidents between semester one at East Campus in 2019 and semester one the Freshman Campus in 2022 are comparable, which is notable because the school housed twice as many students before the pandemic.

Missed behavior

Kennedy Tetour and Freedom Tomasello April 7, 2022

Coming off of two years of a pandemic and a chaotic hybrid schedule last year, MCHS Upper Campus has faced some challenges in regards to controlling student behavior and attendance.  This school year...

Everyone is ready for COVID to be over so they can enjoy their spring break for the first time in three years. But if we dont put health and safety first, the virus could come back just in time to spoil the end of the semester.

Opinion: COVID isn’t over — even if you’re over it

Paulina Borowski, Staff Writer March 25, 2022

People are all over COVID, as it first broke out in the U.S. over two years ago, but the pandemic isn’t over yet. Pandemic or not, spring break is here. Vacationers are eager to travel again for the...

The Scraps: Golden Apple, the Queen and food trucks

The Scraps: Golden Apple, the Queen and food trucks

Bee Myers and Lydia Lawrence March 17, 2022

 The McHenry Messenger · The Scraps: Golden Apple, the Queen and food trucks (Episode One)   The Scraps is a podcast that spotlights past pitches that weren't picked up. To listen to the...

Students leave the Upper Campus after school on Friday, some donning masks and some without. Masks have been optional at MCHS since the beginning of February when a state judge upheld a restraining order against Governor JB Pritzkers mask mandate in schools.

Masks‌ ‌no‌ ‌longer‌ ‌required‌ ‌in‌ ‌most‌ ‌public‌ ‌places‌ ‌in‌ ‌Illinois‌

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director February 28, 2022

As of February 28, masks will not be required in most Illinois indoor locations following Governor J.B. Pritzker’s decision to lift the mask mandate. COVID-19 positivity rates in Chicago are now at...

Though COVID numbers are currently decreasing, the recent Omicron surge had students asking whether or not prom would be at risk if cases continued to climb.

Ready to dance

Lydia Lawrence, Staff Writer February 24, 2022

A student gets ready for a magical night with friends, excited to see all of the dresses sparkling and all of the suits pressed, the decorations in the ballroom and the tasty food abreast. Stepping onto...

Though masks became optional at MCHS and other schools in the state on Feb. 7, this decision puts students, staff and the larger community at risk as the school continues to face COVID-19.

Opinion: Choose safety over comfort

Lydia Lawrence, Staff Writer February 22, 2022

A student wearing a mask stumbles through the school halls that are full of students. Desperately trying to avoid contact with COVID-19 because of an ill family member at home, they become more worried...

Even as many states lift masking mandates, many businesses still want to see proof of vaccination. But what about those who have their reasons not to get the jab?

Opinion: Requiring vaccines is wrong

Kyla Henige, Features Editor February 11, 2022

With another year of COVID underway, comes another year of more restrictions. One of the newest most controversial rules, is that citizens must be vaccinated to enter buildings in certain areas, one of...

A chair sits empty in a Freshman Campus biology lab. During the first month of 2022, around 100 teachers called in sick due to COVID reasons.

COVID-19 versus the education system

Ali Casey, Freshman Correspondant February 11, 2022

After getting a last minute call, a substitute teacher hustles into a classroom, only to see all the students on their phones, not doing their assignments. Unable to grab the class's attention, the substitute...

Freshman Jazmine Argueta dons her mask while working on an assignment during AIM on Feb. 7 in room 413 at the Freshmen Campus. Starting today, Students are not required to wear masks in the building for the first time since the spring of 2020.

Masks recommended, no longer required at MCHS

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director February 7, 2022

As of Feb. 7, masks are optional at Illinois schools, including the Upper and Freshman Campuses. An email from District 156 Superintendent Ryan McTague states, “On Friday, a court ruling in Springfield...

Even though the CDC changed their quarantine guidance from 10 to five days, walking back into school only five days after testing positive for COVID puts students and staff at risk.

Opinion: The five-day quarantine is too short

Campbell Bitterman, Freshman Correspondent February 4, 2022

A student walks through the halls after being isolated for five days, their mind racing, wondering if they’re still contagious or if they’re infecting someone else. Their nose is stuffy, their eyes...

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