With Quarantine in full effect, as of March 16-Present, people have been staying inside more with family members and passing the time either, studying or picking up a hobby. This is evident in Costa Mesa, where the NMUSD has made all students use distance learning for the remainder of the school year. This does not stop the instances where students and other members of society, from going outside either for supplies, or to simply pass the time outside of their homes. In order to safely ensure yours and others well being, it is highly recommended to do any of the following 10 recommendations to help protect one another from COVID-19:
Since the spread of COVID-19, many countries have put regulations to halt the virus this includes the closing of public places. Schools across the United States are currently closed, with Estancia High School being closed on March 16 and sports being suspended in early march. The exact time to return to everyday life is still uncertain as of yet.
The first instances of COVID-19 were reported in Wuhan, China, in December of last year, with the virus spreading nationwide in early to mid January. As of now many countries have brought in measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 by temporarily closing establishments, places of meeting and entertainment, and schools. Schools in the United States have closed indefinitely, with California closing for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year by decree of Governor Gavin Newsom.
With schools closing across the state, this closure has affected the 2019-2020 school year for all students, especially seniors, having to let go of any dreams of prom, and spending the remainder of their school year with their friends and teachers.
Erick Barajas (Estancia Junior) feels the pandemic has left a dent on his school and social life, ‘I feel trapped because of quarantine. I feel sort of sad that I can’t finish my junior year.’ This sentiment is also felt strongly by Alan Gutierrez (Estancia Senior), ‘I do feel as if my senior year has been robbed of me. Hopefully I'm not alone when I say that I truly miss going to school and socializing with everyone.’
Although quarantine has affected students education, Estancia's teacher and staff have made sure that the transition to distance learning has gone smoothly, with the former making sure to give out all the information and support they can on School loop, email, or Google Classroom.
To ensure students are not bored at home, they could pick up new hobbies, and find new ways to innovate themselves . Students like Oswaldo Medina (Estancia Senior) see it as an opportunity for change, ‘ I have the chance to work on myself, talk to new people and become a better version of myself. It does suck that we don't have a senior year like any other of the previous classes but everything happens for a reason so I don't try and look down upon that.’ Gutierrez has also used this time to change and retract from the situation with distraction, ‘I've honestly just been playing video games, bonding with my family, trying out new hobbies, and just trying to find new ways to keep my mind off this quarantine.’ This is an example students could follow, in order to make quarantine more bearable and interesting.
Schools will remain open via Distance Learning and will help students keep up with their education. Pass by local schools to pick up lunches, and to contact teachers for help. Stay inside and stay safe.
The Albertsons located in Harbor Center on the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Wilson Street is set to close on February the 22nd; making way for a Northgate Gonzalez Market that will replace the Albertsons that has been in Harbor Center after two decades.
Mellissa Hill, a spokesman for Albertsons, stated that the company had not renewed the lease for the property that had been in Harbor Center since January the 26 of 2000. Northgate has made sure that any employees who worked for the Albertsons find a job through them.
Northgate will also bring a new concept for its grocery stores implementing a “Fresh Mercado” which will open space for their customers to have more room to shop, while also reducing the number of shelves in the store, giving a farmers market feel to the store.
Northgate will have local rivals, El Campeon, which is also located on Harbor and Wilson, and El Metate that is located on West 19 Street, with people soon having to choose between those three locations to buy their authentic groceries.
The store is set to open in late 2020’s to early 2021, with the store making sure to cater to every resident of Costa Mesa, while also clinging to their Hispanic/Latino identity as a “Super Mercado”.
On January the 26th at around 10 in the morning, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and 7 other people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The helicopter, after receiving special permission despite foggy weather, was headed to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oak for a youth basketball event.
The report first came from TMZ, sunday morning, that Kobe Bryant and 8 other people died in a helicopter crash. People dismissed the report for yet another fake attempt of news coverage, but was later revealed that what TMZ had reported was accurate and the basketball legend has passed away at the age of 41.
The passengers on board included Bryant ́s 13 year old daughter, Gianna Bryant , John Altobelli, a champion OCC baseball coach, his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa. The other 4 were Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and Ara Zobayan.
The bodies have not been recovered by first responders due to a bushfire caused by the crash as authorities suspect it will take days for recovery.
On Tuesday December the 3rd, Costa Mesa ́s Estancia High School student attendance plummeted with many students missing school due to the potential threat of a school shooting during the days of the 3rd, 4th, or 5th of December posted to a social media account.
This occurred due to an instagram post made by a minor from Estancia who uploaded two disturbing pictures Monday night, of a male holding a gun with text saying ̈sometimes you just gotta say **** it and cause a mass shooting at Estancia High School on December 5th, 2019 at 11:35 AM.” Many students after viewing the photos decided to warn other students, and stayed away from school while other students chose to attend school with students like Senior, Diego Almanza saying, “I was still going to have school no matter what” and Senior, Makai Walker who also said, “I went because I feel like a real threat would not publicly announce their intentions”.
The threat was automatically taken to the local authorities and was quickly investigated by the Costa Mesa police department and Estancia High School working together to ensure the safety of the students. More Information was brought up Tuesday morning that the CMPD arrested two individuals and it was determined the gun seen in the picture was a BB gun. Although there was no credible threat the school community will remain vigilant for any future threats.