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Hopes of LA county moving to the red tier spark conversations among Webb students

Taylor Crawford (‘23)
Outdoor dining in Downtown Glendora appears to be ghost town on March 11, 2021.

Growing optimism regarding Los Angeles County moving to a less restrictive tier concerning COVID-19 regulations has inspired conversations as well as hope for a return to normalcy and to the Webb campus. Governor Gavin Newsom recently shared that once LA county hits the goal of two million COVID-19 vaccinations administered in low-income communities, the county can move to the red tier. LA county is currently in the purple, or widespread, tier. 

LA County has faced uncertainty about moving tiers. Currently, it remains in the purple tier, which means more than 8% of COVID tests are positive and there are at least seven new daily cases per 100,000 residents. These data mean that COVID-19 is still widespread, and schools are not permitted to offer in-person classes.  

However, Los Angeles County could move to the red tier as soon as this weekend, according to ABC news. The red, or substantial spread, tier’s conditions are 5-8% positive COVID tests and only four to seven new daily cases per 100,000 residents. After 14 days of being in the red tier, schools are allowed back to in-person classes within the proper safety guidelines.  

This potential shift has significant implications for Webb. As a private school, Webb has its own guidelines for reopening. The Medical Board wants to ensure the absolute safety of all members of the Webb community. Because of this goal, it is still unclear as to whether Webb will reopen for boarding and online classes. 

Dr. Theresa Smith, Assistant Head of Schools, on the behalf of the school, shared her thoughts of the recent news regarding LA County’s tier color. 

“We are thrilled to see the case rate numbers declining in Los Angeles and are hopeful they will continue to fall so we can indeed move into the red tier. We encourage everyone to continue to follow the protocols established by Webb and our state and local public health agencies,” Dr. Smith said. “We are still assessing what the red tier will mean for Webb and expect to get updates from our local public health department later this week. We will be updating the community on Monday about our next steps.” 

Students at the Webb Schools share different reactions and thoughts regarding LA County’s latest decision to stay in the purple tier this Tuesday, March 9th 

“I wasn’t really surprised that LA County chose to stay in the purple tier,” Daniel Serna (‘23) said. The county has been slow moving and has been very nitpicky on when to open things up. 

In my opinion, I think that LA county should be in the red tier and should have been for at least a few weeks now,” Daniel said.This whole time I thought they should have gone by city and not county because the city LA is so large, and the vast majority of the positive cases are from the inner cities. 

For LA County to move to the red tier would be a big accomplishment to prove that our county is thriving. This would be a big step for the city and the first decision I’d actually agree with them on,” Daniel said. 

I do not see such an importance to rush forward and possibly endanger more people,” Harry Grossman (‘24) said. I personally believe it is safer and more practical for people to stay home and wait the pandemic out.” 

“When thinking of the pandemiconce someone can do something they’ll take it to the extremes,” Harry said. If restaurants and bars are given more leniency, we’ll start to see more rules and regulations being broken, which would just further the casualties of COVID-19.  

I personally don’t see enough reasons to have students start going back to school or dining out this soon because I think it would just cause more death, Harry said. 

“I think that LA County is being safe, which rocks. Its smart and they’re learning from their mistakes, but also it sucks because it means we still can’t do stuff, like come back to school, which is all I really want to do,” Laura Caldwell (‘21) said. 

“I did not have a strong reaction when I heard LA county was staying in the purple tier. At this point, I have gotten so used to this way of life that it does not make a difference, and I honestly do not have a strong opinion,” Isabella Llorens (‘22) said. “I know that these decisions are strictly based on statistics and numbers, so whenever it is safe to move tiers, I will be excited to see what that means for the Webb community.” 

Even though reactions to LA county’s latest decision on Tuesday to stay in the purple tier vary, most Webb students and faculty wish for a safe and successful return to in-person classes. We can all anticipate word from Webb regarding possible return to in-person classes on Monday, March 15th. We can also expect word from Governor Gavin Newsom regarding a possible shift to the red tier no later than this coming Tuesday. 

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Taylor Crawford
Taylor Crawford, Chief Editor of Culture & Lifestyle
Fitting for the Chief Editor of Culture & Lifestyle, Taylor Crawford (‘23)’s many interests help her create a vibrant presence in her section. As a resident of Glendora, Taylor enjoys playing soccer, shopping, and occasionally reading. She is a member of the VWS varsity soccer team as well as the soccer club Legends FC. She spent her summer in northern California with her church, spending lots of time hanging out with her family and friends cultivating meaningful relationships. Last year, Taylor wrote multiple articles, but she was most proud of iWebb, which is the Webb version of iCarly. Taylor also has leadership roles on campus, as she is a new member of the day student prefect group. Her commitment takes root in seminary, which she partakes in every day before school.  During her free time, she watches her favorite shows, Criminal Minds, Knight and Day, and listens to her favorite artist Justin Bieber. This year, Taylor hopes to leave her legacy in journalism by making more entertaining videos and articles.  Favorite Song: “Valerie” by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse 
Oma Sukul
Oma Sukul, Editor of Photography
One hundred kilometers an hour. Blink, and you’ll miss it. Hesitate, and it’s too late. But for Oma Sukul (‘23), Editor of Photography, it’s just another day of volleyball. Her lightning-fast reflexes not only help her as a varsity player out on the court, but they also enable her to capture spontaneous moments that are featured on the front page. However, Oma also treasures the slower parts of life. If one were to visit her home in Rancho Cucamonga, she would likely be found indulging in romance stories alongside her cat Lucky or singing along to Niel Diamond with her dad. She cherishes her connections with her friends and family, and you can always count on her to be genuine, friendly, and delightful in conversation. Born in Toronto, Canada, her transcontinental family means that she has roots spanning the Pacific Ocean. Contributing to dozens of articles last year, this year Oma seeks to further explore her creative side. Rediscovering her passion for the WCC's quizzes, she continues her quest to make the publication engaging and entertaining for all. One thing’s certain: whatever life throws at her, whatever the speed, you can count on Oma Sukul to spike it back with a smile.   Favorite song: “I am... I said” by Neil Diamond 

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