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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 [...]...

Garelick and Herbs Saugatuck location closes

The Saugatuck location of the Garelick and Herbs has been open for the past six years but was closed on Feb.29. Due to a decrease in customers, the owners felt it was necessary to close the Saugatuck location, however the Westport, Southport and Greenwich locations remain open.

Ella Alpert ’22, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

The Saugatuck location of Garelick and Herbs closed last Saturday, Feb. 29, due to a lack of customers. The market's three other locations in Westport, Southport and Greenwich will remain open. The closing comes after a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigation in December 2019. Ga...

Stock market underperforms due to Coronavirus

The stock market has taken a detrimental hit as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and while it has begun to return to normal in certain businesses, most markets are continuing to decline.

Karina Murray '22, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

The stock market is being negatively impacted by the spread of the novel Coronavirus, affecting many Staples students who own stocks.  “The Coronavirus wiped about the past four months of my gains in the span of a few days,” Brian Campbell ’20 said. “While I haven't technically lost any mon...

Players postpones ‘Seussical’ due to coronavirus threat


Owen Keveaney ’20, Colin Konstanty ’22, Tomaso Scotti ’20 and Ben Zack ’21 rehearse a scene together in the Black Box Theater. Performances were previously scheduled to take place on March 13 through March 21.

Siri Kanter '20, Associate Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

Staples Players’ spring show, “Seussical,” has been postponed in response to growing public fear surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19.  Productions were initially slated to take place on March 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21. There will be a show for the parents of the actors on March 11 and 12, and g...

Lamont declares state of emergency, braces for COVID-19 pandemic

Lamont expressed his concern over the COVID-19 cases in Connecticut on Tuesday in a press conference.  Lamont believes his state of emergency will provide the state with the federal funding necessary to most effectively combat the virus.

Eddie Kiev '20, Web Managing Editor

March 10, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont declared both a public health emergency and a civil preparedness emergency Tuesday afternoon following two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut. The former grants the state legal power over quarantine, while the latter gives the governor power to restrict travel and close...

Winter sports tournaments canceled due to COVID-19 threat

The Staples girls’ basketball team celebrated their win against Norwalk High School during the FCIAC tournament. Their season has been cut short due to the cancelation of the CIAC tournament.

Molly Gold '21, Paper News Editor

March 10, 2020

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) has canceled all remaining state tournament games due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19.  In an email sent out by the CIAC on March 10, the organization stated that many teams and neutral sites had already pulled out of the tourna...

Coronavirus concerns result in delay for teacher planning

Coronavirus concerns result in delay for teacher planning

Finnigan Courtney '23, Staff Writer

March 10, 2020

Westport Public Schools will be operating on a 3-hour delayed schedule on March 10 to allow teachers and administration additional time to plan for possible home-based academics. Under current conditions, all schools in Connecticut are preparing for the possibility of school closure due to the COVID...

Health officials discover Coronavirus in Danbury

As March 6, at least 20 U.S states have had confirmed cases of COVID- 19, some resulting in deaths. Residents of all states are taking precautions to decrease the chance of contracting the virus.

Lucy Arrow '21, Paper Features Editor

March 8, 2020

The first case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Connecticut was discovered in Danbury on March 6, found in a nurse working at the Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital. The nurse is a New York State resident and is self quarantined in her home.  Although the nurse does not live in Connecticut, the hospital is...

COVID-19 threat prompts update of pandemic plan

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Westport Public School district will update its operational pandemic plan in the event of a prolonged school closure, including the continuity of teaching and learning.

Eddie Kiev ’20, Web Managing Editor

March 6, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Westport Public School district will update its operational pandemic plan in the event of a prolonged school closure, including the continuity of teaching and learning. A health update sent to Westport families via email on Feb. 27 by Interim Superintende...

Westport Library funds suffrage exhibit with $4,999 grant

Kathie Bennewitz, a curator for the WestportREADS exhibition “Westport’s Suffragists - Our Neighbors, Our Crusaders, displays an infographic by the Westport library about the upcoming exhibit.

Lea Rivel ’22, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

The WestportREADS exhibit entitled “Westport’s Suffragists - Our Neighbors, Our Crusaders” will be on display at the Westport library’s Sheffer Gallery from Feb. 26 until May 13, with an opening reception on March 6 from 6:00-7:30p.m.   Connecticut Humanities awarded the Westport Public Library a $4,...

BOE votes to remove the Innovation Fund

The Board of Education (BOE) voted 5-2 to remove the Innovation Fund funding for the 2020-21 school year in a 5-2 vote during their meeting on Feb. 10 to reduce the budget and because of the lack of applicants.

Katie Simons ’22, Arts Editor

March 3, 2020

The Board of Education (BOE) voted 5-2 to remove the Innovation Fund funding for the 2020-21 school year in a 5-2 vote during their meeting on Feb. 10 to reduce the budget and because of the lack of applicants. The Innovation Fund was created to inspire creativity within the Westport school system. T...

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