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Students quarantining at home will have access to their classes virtually through a new online school accommodation beginning on Jan. 10 in order to mitigate the stress that comes with missing several days of school.

Staples High School temporarily reinstates remote learning

Kiswa Khan ’23, Paper Sports editor January 9, 2022

The recent  increase in Covid-19 cases due to the Omicron variant led to concerns about how quarantined students would cope with their academic workload from home. “We will be implementing a temporary...

Haskell is the Senate Chairman of the joint Transportation Committee, Vice Chairman of the Government Administration & Elections Committee and serves on several other state committees.

Haskell seeks intermission from Senate position to begin law school

Mishael Gill ’23, Paper Features Editor January 6, 2022

Senator Will Haskell announced Jan. 3 that he will not be running for reelection and plans to take a break from public service to pursue law school. “There are a lot of exciting things going on, but...

The mask mandate in Westport was reinstated as of Dec. 27, meaning all indoor public settings will require masks.

Mask mandate reinstated for public areas in Westport

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Staff Writer December 24, 2021

First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker announced that the mask mandate in Westport Connecticut, is being reinstated on Thursday Dec. 23, as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the town. Currently, according...

Greenwich High School began winter break two days early due to a dramatic increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

Greenwich High begins winter recess early citing rise in COVID-19 cases

Caroline Coffey ’22, Staff Writer December 23, 2021

Superintendent Toni Jones of Greenwich Public Schools announced on Dec. 21 that Greenwich High School would begin December break early due to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases within the school district....

Staples High School families received an email Dec 16. addressing potential violence and updates on the investigation into the reported threats.

Vague threats concerning Connecticut public schools prompts panic among school administrators, families

Ella Stoler ’22, Photostory Editor December 17, 2021

 Districts state-wide plan to monitor local schools on Dec. 17 due to recent threats of school violence circulating TikTok. While the social media threats were not deemed credible by law enforcement officials,...

Throughout early December, several schools in Fairfield County have seen misleading threats against high schools, most recently, Greenwich High School.

Fairfield County schools experience surge of threats

Jason Stein ’22, Staff Writer December 13, 2021

A threatening message, which the police labeled as ‘disturbing’ was found in a Greenwich High School bathroom early Thursday morning, Dec. 9. With the involvement of the Greenwich Police Department,...

The CDC announced that 16 and 17 year-olds are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. The CDC recommends receiving a booster shot six months after the second vaccination.

Vaccine boosters approved for ages 16-17

Amanda Rowan ’22, Web Photostories Editor December 13, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters for 16 and 17 year olds in the United States, which are being administered at Walgreens, CVS, and other pharmacies.  “Vaccination...

Winners of the 2021 Westport election were sworn in and took the Oath of Office during the inauguration held at Town Hall on Nov. 15.

Inauguration held at Westport Town Hall for local election winners

Tierney Kugel ’22, Breaking News Manager November 17, 2021

The inauguration and Oath of Office Ceremonies for Westport 2021 election winners were held at Westport Town Hall on Nov. 15. The inauguration and ceremonies lasted from 7:30-8 p.m. where representatives...

A panel of students from Civic Leadership High School along with Connecticut Board of Education Student Member Natalie Bandura discuss preliminary ideas for budgeting proposals at the Nov. 10 event.

New state initiative expands youth civic engagement in education budgeting

Anna Diorio ’23, Paper Arts Editor November 10, 2021

Staples will participate in Voice4Change, an initiative in state educational financing, which allows students to craft, campaign for and vote on budget proposals for how to spend $20,000 allocated to each...

The mask mandate in Westport was lifted on Nov. 4, effective immediately.

Mask mandate lifted for indoor public settings in Westport

Meg Enquist '23, Assistant Business Manager November 6, 2021

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe rescinded Executive Orders #9 and #10 and lifted the mask mandate for indoor public settings on Nov. 4, effective immediately. Westport has been in the gray category...

Governor Lamont’s “Screen and Stay” initiative provides an opportunity for unvaccinated students and staff to remain in school when contact-traced. Certain criteria must be met for contact-traced unvaccinated persons to continue attending school under these rules.

Lamont announces optional statewide contact-tracing initiative for schools

Natalie Bandura ’22, Editor-in-Chief November 6, 2021

Governor Lamont announced the rollout of the “Screen and Stay” initiative for Connecticut schools on Nov. 4. For schools that choose to participate, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students and...

Republicans Jennifer Tooker and Andrea Moore won as First and Second Selectwomen in Westport’s Nov. 2 election, beating out the Democratic incumbents. Seven Democrats and 11 Republicans won elected positions.

Republican candidates secure victory as Westport’s First and Second Selectwomen

Natalie Bandura ’22, Editor-in-Chief November 4, 2021

Republican candidates Jennifer Tooker and Andrea Moore became Westport’s First and Second Selectwomen, defeating the Democratic First Selectman incumbent Jonathan Steinberg, who represented Westport...

Due to a policy change from the CT Department of Public Health, starting on Oct. 20, vaccinated high school and middle school teachers will have the option to remove their masks during class.

Mask restrictions lifted for vaccinated teachers

Jason Stein ’22, Staff Writer October 20, 2021

Staples High School teachers are no longer required to wear masks in the classroom, starting on Oct. 20. The CT Department of Public Health is permitting this option for all vaccinated teachers of grades...

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