We’re over 600 days into the COVID-19 pandemic, but Fairfax County Public Schools is still lagging behind for coronavirus testing. FCPS recently announced new COVID-19 testing procedures, including optional opt-in parental consent forms that must be signed for any student to be tested as a plan to test 10% ofContinue Reading

The Freshman Transition Program, or FTP, pairs senior mentors with classes of freshmen to help aid their transition from middle school to high school.  FTP went from in-person to virtual and back again, separated by gender to co-ed. Rank & File members recall their individual FTP experiences from the pastContinue Reading

Measles, mumps, chickenpox, Hepatitis, HPV: these are all viruses and diseases FCPS students are required to be immunized against. We should add to this list COVID-19. Last month, Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the nation, became one of the first school divisions to announceContinue Reading

There is no better feeling in the world than waking up to a Ryan McElveen alert that school has been canceled due to snow. But be careful – your snow days are under assault. The advent of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has brought rise to a new movementContinue Reading

The ability to work from home for months on end may sound like a blessing to many, but Biology teacher Michael Osborn’s two children occasionally force him to travel to school in the middle of a pandemic to escape the noise. “I have to balance teaching my class, then checkingContinue Reading

As the days, weeks and months of quarantine get longer day by day, so does the hair on sophomore Andrew Perez’s head. Students have started taking risks and cutting their own hair after barbershops shut down due to health regulations presented by COVID-19. Perez said his hair has been annoyingContinue Reading

When I was in elementary school, every time I would travel on Leesburg Pike, construction crews working on the roof of Marshall High School always caught my eye. Particularly, large and distinct improvements and expansionsto the library fascinated me. The library renovation was one aspect, and the most noticeable one,Continue Reading