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BMS offers drive-through COVID-19 testing

Bedford Middle School (BMS) offered Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests on April 7 to Westport and Weston residents, following the first round of testing on March 31.

Annabelle Iannone, Web News Editor

April 13, 2020

Bedford Middle School (BMS) offered Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests on April 7 to Westport and Weston residents, following the first round of testing on March 31.  “I think it’s great that we have testing available for our town,” Hamza Islam ’20 said. “But if we don’t make testing available...

Gov. Lamont pushes school return to May 20

Students have been out of school since March 12. Learning has been able to continue online.

Molly Gold ’21, Paper News Editor

April 11, 2020

All Connecticut schools will remain closed until May 20 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an announcement made by Governor Ned Lamont on April 9. The announcement was made via Twitter at 2:24 p.m and was followed by a livestreamed news briefing at 4 p.m. The date also applies to small businesse...

Board of Education implements optional pass-fail grading 

The Westport Board of Education has changed fourth quarter grading to an optional pass-fail standard for Staples in an effort to decrease stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remy Teltser ’21, Paper Features Editor

April 6, 2020

Staples High School students will have the option to report their fourth-quarter grades using a pass-fail system or with a standard letter grade due to the new distance learning system.  Grades from quarter one through three, which ended on April 3, will be reported by traditional grade letters.  Interim Superintendent Da...

BOE appoints Thomas Scarice as superintendent

Westport Public Schools were closed for the rest of the academic school year on March 11th.

Anastasia Thumser '22, Web Opinions Editor

April 5, 2020

During a virtual meeting on Apr. 2, the BOE unanimously voted to designate the Westport superintendent position to Thomas Scarice, who has been superintendent of Madison Public Schools since 2012. At the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year, he will replace interim superintendent Dr. David Abbey....

Restaurants adapt to social distancing guidelines

Westport restaurants have implemented curbside pickup and delivery services in response to First Selectman Jim Marpe’s Executive Order #1 that ordered the closing of all on-site restaurants services, effective March 16.

Ella Bloomingdale '20, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Westport restaurants have implemented curbside pickup and delivery services in response to First Selectman Jim Marpe’s Executive Order #1 that ordered the closing of all on-site restaurants services, effective March 16. “The new rule has surprisingly made my family and I eat out more,” Abby Rag...

Westport accumulates 1/5 of all Connecticut COVID-19 cases

Connecticut state officials reported on March 23 that the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Westport has surpassed 70, which is one fifth of the state’s confirmed cases, while Westport only represents 1% of the state’s population.

Evi Tarshis '20, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Connecticut state officials reported on March 23 that the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Westport has surpassed 70, which is one fifth of the state’s confirmed cases, while Westport only represents 1% of the state’s population.  “Last week the number of testing sites and...

Staples implements daily A/B schedule

A/B schedule will be put in place starting March 26. During each time period students will have Zoom meetings available and other ways to communicate with teachers.

Shira Zeiberg ’22, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Staples will begin an A/B schedule starting Thursday, March 26 where students meet with classes from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m for the duration of the distance learning academic plan.  On A days, periods one through four will meet and on B days periods five through eight will meet. Some Staples students ...

Board of Education eliminates April break for 2020 school year

The Board of Education voted to cancel April vacation for the 2019-20 school year. Students will continue doing online lessons through the district Distance Learning model on April 6 through April 9. There will be no virtual teaching on Good Friday, April 10.

Claire Redmer ’21, Social Media Director 

March 25, 2020

The Board of Education voted to cancel four days of the Westport Public School spring recess during a special meeting held virtually via Zoom on March 23. The vote was unanimous with member Vik Muktavaram abstaining.    April 6 through April 9—which students originally had off from school—w...

School closure further prolonged

Connecticut schools, including Staples High School, will remain closed until April 20 at the earliest.

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont announced Monday in a news conference that all Connecticut schools will remain closed until at least April 20th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, distance learning programs will remain in operation throughout the state. “We are not going to let this period be a loss for your kid...

Westport Center for Senior Activities closes until further notice

The Westport Department of Human Services (DHS) closed all facilities and daily programs at the Westport Center for Senior Activities (WCSA) until further notice due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), effective March 11.

Serena Ye ’20, Broadcast Director

March 23, 2020

The Westport Department of Human Services (DHS) closed all facilities and daily programs at the Westport Center for Senior Activities (WCSA) until further notice due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), effective March 11.   Prior to the initial local outbreak, the department took vital steps to prep...

COVID-19 prompts standardized testing cancellations

Multiple standardized testing dates have been cancelled in test centers across the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and many are not planned to reschedule.

Lucy Arrow '21, Features Editor

March 23, 2020

Multiple standardized testing dates have been cancelled in test centers across the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and many are not planned to reschedule.  These cancelled tests include Connecticut’s in-school March SAT, the April ACT, March SAT and May SAT. The April ACT, the only test res...

Stop & Shop adjusts hours to accommodate patrons ages 60 and over

Stop & Shop added a window of time from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM for customers ages 60 and over to shop alone, effective March 19, as this age group is highly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Emma Van Riper ’20, Social Media Director

March 23, 2020

Stop & Shop added a window of time from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM for customers ages 60 and over to shop alone, effective March 19, as this age group is highly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The store hours for the rest of customers will be from 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM, which will give wor...

Connecticut establishments closed to restrict COVID-19 community spread

Connecticut establishments closed to restrict COVID-19 community spread

Margot Stack ’22, Staff Writer

March 20, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont has ordered all restaurants, movie theatres, gyms and bars to close in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the Hartford Courant. In addition, President Trump has confined all gatherings to less than 10 people.  Starting Monday night, local restaurants will be restricted to food de...

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