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Staples students will learn asynchronously at home on Friday, April 9. This schedule change was made because teachers will be receiving their second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, April 8.

Staples to have asynchronous remote day on April 9

Chelsea Strober '21, Associate Managing Editor April 4, 2021

Staples High School will have a remote day on Friday, April 9, according to an email sent out by Principal Stafford W. Thomas Jr. The remote day is due to the large number of teacher COVID-19 vaccinations...

COVID-19 fatigue is a real issue that is negatively impacting adults, teenagers and children. It is important to find ways to counteract this fatigue and avoid acting based on the desire to return to normalcy.

COVID-19 fatigue threatens national progress

Gabriella Gerig ’23, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

Social distancing, masks, online school, lockdowns, quarantining and the inability to see loved ones is nothing less than draining. It is understandable that people are becoming exhausted with their current...

All Connecticut residents ages 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 5, according to Governor Lamont.

Lamont announces acceleration in Connecticut vaccine rollout

Lea Rivel ’22, Web Arts Editor March 17, 2021

Connecticut residents 45 and up will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccinations starting this Friday, and ages 16 and up beginning on April 5, Governor Ned Lamont said on Monday, March 15 in a press...

Connecticut is set to open 100% on March 19

Connecticut to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Jack Dennison ’21, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont introduced changes to COVID-19 restrictions in Connecticut on March 3, which will go into effect on March 19. These changes include the elimination of capacity limitations on restaurants,...

COVID-19 deaths have surpassed 7000 in Connecticut and cases are predicted to increase as the year continues further into winter. Currently, vaccines are being administered to phases 1a and 1b and are expected to open up to more people soon.

Connecticut COVID-19 positivity rates projected to increase

Abbie Goldstein '22, Features Editor February 3, 2021

The COVID-19 positivity rate in Connecticut has decreased to 3.55%, but the number of deaths due to coronavirus has surpassed 7000, as reported on Jan. 28. It is projected that Connecticut will have an...

The Longshore ice rink remains closed to the public for open skating but still allows for private lessons. This decision will be reevaluated by Governor Lamont on Jan 19.

Longshore ice rink full opening remains in question

Brooke Dembin '22, Business Manager January 20, 2021

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that all indoor  and outdoor rinks, including Longshore, are restricted to “four plus one” until Jan 19, when the decision will be reevaluated.  The “four...

The COVID-19 pandemic took a turn with UK variant B117, which was found in Connecticut in early January, and may soon hit Staples as the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate jumps to 11%.

New COVID-19 strain found in New Haven County

Kristina Chaney ’23, Staff Writer January 20, 2021

Connecticut governor Ned Lamont announced on Jan. 7 that the new UK-discovered variant of COVID-19 was found in New Haven County, just 35 miles from Staples High School. The B117 COVID-19 variant has...

Just days after Thanksgiving, the number of cases per day in Connecticut nearly doubled. Governor Lamont, President-Elect Joe Biden and many top scientists are predicting a bigger spike of cases throughout this holiday season.

Lamont warns of spike in cases as holiday season approaches

Jake Fitzpatrick '22, Staff Writer December 23, 2020

Governor Lamont advised in a Dec. 17 press conference that Connecticut residents restrict how much they travel, aiming to avoid the same rise in cases that the Thanksgiving break brought. "We all paid...

Students discuss hesitancy, misinformation on coronavirus vaccine

Maya Hruskar ’23 December 22, 2020

https://anchor.fm/maya545/episodes/Students-discuss-hesitancy-and-misinformation-on-the-coronavirus-vaccine-eo15qd

Staples students share their personal experiences with traveling during the pandemic and discuss whether or not it is worth risking exposure to the virus.

Students reflect on unfamiliar travel experience during COVID-19

Abigail Nevin ’23, Staff Writer December 21, 2020

With COVID-19 restricting travel for almost a year, families have finally started to venture out and experience safe yet cautious vacation opportunities. This strange yet accessible way of traveling has...

Prior to Thanksgiving break 190 students were fully distance learners. After the break over 176 additional students decided to go fully remote, with the numbers anticipated to grow.

As winter break approaches, number of distance learners increases

Marina Engler '21, Staff Writer December 16, 2020

The number of distance learners at Staples has tripled since the start of the school year with 363 students, roughly 20% of the population, fully remote as of Dec. 7. 125 students were distance learners...

Staples Superfans banned from games due to COVID restrictions

Max Dorsey '21 December 11, 2020

https://anchor.fm/max-dorsey/episodes/Staples-Superfans-During-Coronavirus-em7t3r

Those who fall under Phase 1a will be the first to receive one of two vaccine doses. The first dose is Pfizer’s vaccine. The second dose is the Moderna vaccine and will be received a few weeks after the first dose.

Governor Lamont initiates new vaccine plan

Anna Diorio '23, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont announced the plan for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to Connecticut residents on Thurs., Dec. 3.  Lamont has given top priority to healthcare workers, medical first responders...

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