The Trailblazer

This section was created to include all coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic that has upended American life.

The front of Woodcliff Middle School, which sends many of its students to Pascack Hills after they graduate.

Woodcliff Middle School goes all-remote after teacher tests positive for Covid-19

September 11, 2020

In a statement to the Trailblazer, Superintendent Lauren Barbelet said “the abundance of other faculty members who came in close contact with the teacher” led her to temporarily close the school for in-person learning.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Pascack Hills and every school in New Jersey were closed from March 13 through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

What New Jersey’s school reopening guidelines may mean for Hills

June 26, 2020

After a spring of Zoom lessons and virtual test-taking, many have asked: Will students be back at Pascack Hills this fall? According to Governor Phil Murphy, the answer is yes –– with precautions.

The closest comparison to the week of March 9 is when the school is expecting a snowstorm to hit. This time, the forecast met the agitation that preceded it.

Capturing the week of March 9, when our world changed

June 16, 2020

The closest comparison to the week of March 9 is when the school is expecting a snowstorm to hit. This time, the forecast met the agitation that preceded it.

The Shoppes at DePiero Farm in Montvale, where many Hills students and families go to eat and shop, has seen its dining and retail closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hills community prepares for reopened retail, dining June 15

June 2, 2020

“During this quarantine, my family has been feeling tired when it comes to everything that is going on in the world. Since we own a business, it has definitely taken a toll on us,” said freshman Pr...

Whether it's beaches, campsites, restaurants, or shopping malls, here's the latest on reopening in New Jersey.

New Jersey reopenings: everything you need to know

June 1, 2020

The latest on everything you need to know about Covid-19 in the area and what's reopened, restricted, or still closed –– updated with the most recent information.

A graphic of cases throughout the tri-state region, which has been devastated by Covid-19. Circles represent relative size of outbreak but may not be to scale.

‘They did not have any tests’: how Covid-19 tore through the tri-state area

May 22, 2020

Why has Covid-19 so thoroughly devastated the tri-state area in particular? With insight from a Woodcliff Lake resident who tested positive, the larger picture can help us combat future pandemics and get through this one safely.

A chalk creation in Woodcliff Lake reminding residents to stay home. During quarantine, families have adjusted to the increased time spent together.

Families adjust to new normal in quarantine

May 21, 2020

Social distancing has been practiced for about two months already. Pascack Hills is closed for the rest of the year, and students and teachers are being put in a situation that they have never experience...

Stern and Bow in Closter, NJ, like many other restaurants, has been deeply affected by the pandemic.

‘We only have five people working’

May 10, 2020

Stern and Bow is trying to keep business rolling by offering two different ways of getting food to their customers as well as changing their menu in order to fit certain regulations. 

The fall Pascack Hills pep rally, the first where the Class of 2020 were seniors.

From a senior during the coronavirus pandemic

May 9, 2020

These are the small things, often overlooked, that we are all upset about, as they are the last moments we have together.

Donations collected at a contactless food drive drop-off site hosted by National Honors Society member Alec Boyajian. The organization is seeking to safely help local food pantries and those who are in need.

National Honors Society hosting contactless food drives outside members’ homes

April 29, 2020

Grocery store prices have soared as the virus has spread, making the day-to-day even harder for hard-working families.

The Richard Rodgers Theatre on West 46th Street in July 2019. The Broadway theatre, which is closed because of the coronavirus, has hosted productions such as In The Heights, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamilton.

The fall of Broadway

April 28, 2020

"...Theater is an escape from some people’s real lives. and I think some people really feel a void without the presence of Broadway.”

Customers lined up outside Wegmans on Friday morning. Many wore masks and gloves. A sign on the right reads “Entrance only” as the store is controlling the number of shoppers who enter.

What ‘just doing my job’ now means

April 5, 2020

We must give a hand to those who are risking their well-being for everyone’s –– they include our friends, fellow students, and family members.