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WWHD finishes off COVID-19 testing supplies, terminates testing

WWHD finishes off COVID-19 testing supplies, terminates testing

Natalie Bandura '22, Paper News Editor

March 19, 2020

The Westport-Weston Health District (WWHD) ran out of COVID-19 testing supplies and was forced to terminate testing for the purpose of tracing residents who may have come in contact with the virus. “The WWHD is no longer attempting to trace individuals who might have come into contact with the virus,...

District moves to Distance Learning model amid coronavirus pandemic

Students began Distance Learning on Tuesday March 17. Teachers assign work through platforms such as Google Classroom and Schoology. Students must complete the assignments and submit online for a grade.

Claire Redmer ’21, Social Media Director

March 17, 2020

Westport Public Schools began Distance Learning on Tuesday March 17 in order to continue teaching students while schools are closed due to COVID-19.  The district’s Distance Learning model at the high-school level requires students to complete daily assignments which are published through online platf...

President Trump imposes travel ban on Europe, prompting travel cancellations in Westport

President Trump banned all travel between the U.S. and the European Union for 30 days last Wednesday, effective March 13, to help control the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He later included the United Kingdom and Ireland in the ban, and advised Americans not to gather in groups of more than ten people.

Jack Dennison '21, Sports Editor

March 17, 2020

President Trump banned all travel between the U.S. and the European Union for 30 days last Wednesday, effective March 13, to help control the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He later included the United Kingdom and Ireland in the ban, and advised Americans not to gather in groups of more...

Lamont temporarily closes all Connecticut public schools

Lamont signed an executive order following the revelation that Connecticut now has 26 confirmed cases since March 15.

Maya Hruskar '23, Staff Writer

March 16, 2020

On March 15, amid growing concerns of the Coronavirus pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont ordered Connecticut public schools closed effective March 17 until March 31, in an executive order. “To promote and secure the safety and protection of children in schools related to the risks of COVID-19, all public school classes will be canceled for all s...

New school start time frustrates parents

Nearly 500 people have signed a petition in under a month that aims to reverse the 30 minute delayed school start time taking effect next school year.

Giselle Oldani ’22, Web Arts Editor

March 15, 2020

Nearly 500 people have signed a petition in under a month that aims to reverse the 30 minute delayed school start time taking effect next school year.   Westport parent Elena Shmonia started the petition, which consists of mainly preschool, elementary and middle school parents’ signatures.  “From four years of age to 11, that is their childhood and they should be o...

Administration plans to reopen schools March 26

Dr. David Abbey announces via email that WPS will be closed through March 25. In the meantime, WPS and the SDE are developing a mandatory distance learning program for students.

Charlotte Armstrong '21, Staff Writer

March 14, 2020

Westport Public Schools (WPS) are planning to reopen March 26, according to an email by Superintendent Dr. David Abbey on March 13. “During this time we will be consulting with the WWHD to evaluate COVID-19 status and its potential risk to our students and educational community,” Abbey wrote. WPS...

COVID-19 wipes out April break plans

Plans for traveling over April break come to a halt as the corona virus spreads and travel bans are set in place.

Graham Wood '20

March 14, 2020

As the recent COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Coronavirus outbreak, first identified in December, spreads around the world and the United States, students are finding travel abroad more and more unlikely, with many scrapping international trips altogether. Despite the reconsideration of planned trips to Europe,...

Music festivals postponed due to COVID-19

Full statement from Goldenvoice regarding the postponing of Stagecoach and Coachella.

Chelsea Strober '21

March 14, 2020

Spring music festivals Coachella and Stagecoach were postponed on Tuesday, March 10, because organizers were concerned about the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The cancellation of these festivals has raised concern that the Governors Ball music festival in Randall's Island, New York...

Westport confirms first two COVID-19 cases

Westport’s first two official cases of the coronavirus were declared Friday, bringing the total number of infected Connecticut residents to 11..

Allison Gillman '23, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

Westport’s first two official cases of COVID-19 were declared Friday, according to Mark Cooper, director of the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) and the Hartford Courant. The confirmations marked the sixth and 11th cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut. First Selectman Jim Marpe said the individ...

COVID-19 causes cancellations of school competitions

The annual We the People competition usually takes place in Washington D.C. but will not be happening due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dana Perelberg '20, Paper Managing Editor

March 12, 2020

The national We the People and Science Olympiad competitions had their plans altered due to the persistent spread of COVID-19. The We the People national competition was supposed to be held in Washington D.C. from April 24-27 and was cancelled on March 12. The Staples We the People team received fir...

Westport institutions adjust to potential COVID-19 spread

Westport Town Hall will be closed to the public on March 12 and 13 for town employees to discuss the process moving forward.

Sophie Casey '20, Web Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

Following a party attended by approximately 40 students and adults on March 5, one attendee—who was not a Westport resident— who is now presumptively positive for coronavirus may have infected 14 other party-goers who are now experiencing flu-like symptoms.  There has been no positive confirmation of d...

Closure sprouts questions over make-up days

Closure sprouts questions over make-up days

Eddie Kiev '20, Web Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

The Westport Public School administration clarified scheduling plans in an email to parents on Wednesday March 11.  This follows Westport Public Schools’ indefinite closure as concerns surge over the COVID-19 pandemic. “[I]f districts were to decide to close schools for up to two weeks, they would...

Westport schools close over coronavirus concerns

Westport schools close over coronavirus concerns

Andreas Lolis '21, Paper News Editor

March 11, 2020

Westport Public School (WPS) will close indefinitely amid concerns of exposure to COVID-19, according to an email sent out to WPS parents and teachers by Superintendent Dr. David Abbey on March 11. “We have just learned that a number of Westport parents and Westport Public School students [...]...

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