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Lamont warns of spike in cases as holiday season approaches

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.
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

December 22, 2020

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

Students reflect on unfamiliar travel experience during COVID-19

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

As winter break approaches, number of distance learners increases

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.
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

December 11, 2020

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

Governor Lamont initiates new vaccine plan

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.
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...

COVID-19 jeopardizes movie theaters

Many new shows and movies have been released through various online streaming services during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the closure of movie theatres, many have resorted to Netflix, Hulu, HBO and more in order to watch television.
December 11, 2020

Ordering a large movie theatre popcorn filled with butter, a large soda and some candy to snack on while sitting back and relaxing to watch a new movie is a classic source of entertainment. Now, in a COVID-19...

Statewide lockdown proves detrimental to learning, economy

Although increasingly more students have converted to full remote learning and classrooms feel relatively empty, schools have not proven to be super-spreaders and the necessitation of a statewide lockdown from a school point of view is unnecessary.
December 8, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike nationwide, a pressing question faces our nation for the second time since this novel pandemic struck the world: is another major lockdown the answer to this crisis...

Westport Public Schools make correct call after transitioning to a temporary fully remote schedule

Westport’s public high school and middle schools recently transitioned to a fully remote learning schedule. The schools are expected to return back to a hybrid model after Thanksgiving break.
December 3, 2020

The Westport Public Schools (WPS) have now returned again to the hybrid schedule after they were previously online full time for two weeks. The school system made the correct decision after calling the...

New season of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ maintains typical drama in midst of COVID-19 restrictions

Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy will tackle the COVID-19 pandemic alongside the show’s usual drama. In the premiere, this combo felt overwhelming at times. However, the episode succeeded in showcasing the hard work of healthcare workers and provided information about many of the dangers of the virus.
December 3, 2020

Spoiler Alert! The long awaited return of Grey’s Anatomy was full of the plot twists and drama that the show is famous for. The two hour season 17 premiere aired on Nov. 12 and included the first...

Students react to Staples quarantine

November 26, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/valerie-dreyfuss/y2matecom-staples-students-react-to-a-2nd-lockdown

Changes to Advanced Placement test justifies College Board to charge full price

The College Board has implemented changes to their registration and cancellation policies regarding the Advanced Placement exams. This renders them the ability to charge students the full price of a normal test.
November 25, 2020

Uncertainty of the future seems to be looming over everyone as the pandemic once again begins to surge. While the future has become impossible to predict, we have time and time again found ways to adapt...

Westport establishes hotline, exposure notifications to track Covid-19

The exposure notification option in settings is available on both apple and android phones in Connecticut. When enabled, the service tracks if people have been exposed to others that have Covid-19 through logging any phone that comes within six feet. If someone with this service tests positive for Covid-19, they enter it into their phone and the exposure notifications send a message to phones that have come within six feet of the positive person.
November 25, 2020

Superintendent Thomas Scarice set up a coronavirus hotline and email address on Nov. 10 to report new cases. Additionally, exposure notifications were enabled on Nov. 13 to track exposure. “Should...

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