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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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

Japan needs to postpone 2020 Olympics

Due to the spread of the coronavirus worldwide, Japan should postpone the 2020 Olympics.
March 14, 2020

The Olympic Games is a multi-sport event held every four years, each time in a different location. It is an honor for any country to be the host of this amazing global sports festival, which is watched...

Coronovirus prompts mix of emotions, needs to be given a closer look

Teachers give homework for students to complete during the two weeks of school closure.
March 14, 2020

March 11 will be a date that will be forever ingrained into my mind. I remember sitting in the choir room and getting a text that schools were closed indefinitely and it was possible that someone in Staples...

School safety precautions serve as uneffective solutions against the coronavirus

Many households are taking necessary precautions to combat the rapid spread of the coronavirus.  Cleaning products like these can prevent the transfer of germs, washing your hands thoroughly throughout the day can also be beneficial.
March 14, 2020

A number of American universities along with Staples High School have closed their doors out of fear. This fear spurred by the escalating panic and rapidness of the coronavirus’ spread has increased...

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.
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...

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..
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...

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.
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...

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