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,...

Boxes of prepared food wait to be distributed during the McHenry Public Librarys Grab N Go food program, which takes place each Tuesday and Thursday.

McHenry Public library offers community Grab ‘N’ Go suppers

Savannah Drost, Contributing Writer April 28, 2022

Every Tuesday and Thursday the McHenry Public Library offers Grab 'N' Go after school suppers to feed the McHenry community. Children 18 and younger may receive a meal and an activity at the twice-weekly...

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...

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...

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...

Last week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention made at-home COVID tests free for for all households in the U.S. To order one, people can visit COVIDtests.gov.

Biden Administration begins distributing free, at-home COVID-19 tests to Americans

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor January 28, 2022

As of Jan. 18, Americans are able to have free, at-home COVID-19 tests delivered directly to their homes.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that Americans use at-home...

Residents receive COVID test kits at the City of Boca Raton Administration Complex on Jan. 7, 2022.

Omicron devastates schools and businesses, including in McHenry County

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer January 18, 2022

Despite vaccination efforts, as of Jan. 18, the United States has 66.5 million COVID-19 cases. Omicron, a COVID-19 variant, accounts for over 98% of those cases. As of Jan 1, the CDC’s Nowcast Model...

Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center internal medicine resident Luc Overholt sits in a waiting area before receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital on Dec. 16, 2020, in Aurora, Colorado.

WHO confirms new COVID variant

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Manager December 17, 2021

The World Health Organization classified a new variant of COVID-19 on Nov. 26. Called Omicron, the U.S. classified it as a Variant of Concern on Nov. 30. This new variant is said to spread more rapidly...

Though students have been through a lot during the pandemic, staff members at MCHS and throughout the country have also felt burned out by the sudden changes to the field of education.

Spring break tired

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor December 15, 2021

Teachers go home, bag slung over a shoulder and head pounding with everything that went on through the day. Kids misbehaving, school work not being turned in, essays that need to be graded — all of it...

Pfizer began trials for the vaccine in early July, The vaccine, which was administered to 2,268 children, was found to be 90.7% effective in neutralizing COVID-19

FDA authorizes emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine for children

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer November 2, 2021

On October 29, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The decision followed the recommendation made by an independent...

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