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Elementary teachers, students adjust to new COVID-19 protocols

Elementary school students and staff demonstrate responsibility and resilience while adhering to new public safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allison Gillman ’23 and Lucy Dockter ’23, Web Opinions Editor and Arts Editor

September 27, 2020

Here at Staples, we have settled into a new ordinary. Coming into school two days a week, you squeeze some hand sanitizer into your palm, put on a mask and rush to your first period class.  But how does a school day work for the elementary students and for the dedicated educators who teach them...

School closures highlight economic inequality across Connecticut

School closures highlight economic inequality across Connecticut

Claire Redmer '21, Editor-in-Chief

June 22, 2020

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont issued an executive order closing public schools on March 15, beginning an unprecedented time of completely online schooling. While this served as a dramatic change for all students, some school districts faced a particularly difficult transition due to their funding and resour...

Exploring pandemic responses, which one is best?

Westport Public Schools were closed for the rest of the academic school year on March 11th.

Graham Wood '20 & Prasaus Yeager '22, Staff Writer & Opinion Editor

May 22, 2020

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Gillespie Center keeps residents safe and healthy with help from community

Jacob Greenberger '22, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

In a time of need, Westport citizens have continued to support each other with donations large and small. Last week, the Staples Lacrosse Association food drive was able to make donations of over $1000 and 1000 food items to the Homes with Hope Gillespie Center’s Food Pantry. The donations wer...

Gradual CT opening necessary, crucial

The Westport Library announced plans to begin curbside pick-up of books and other materials as soon as June 15th.

Dana Perelberg '20, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

In March, businesses and parks were forced to close their doors due to COVID-19. Westport began to resemble a ghost town as people cleared the streets and buildings became empty. Two months have passed, and the town is slowly beginning to open up again. On May 15 parks and beaches were able to open u...

Summer at sleepaway camps currently remains in jeopardy

Sleepaway camps are unsure of what their summer will look like.

Brooke Dembin '22 and Charley Guthartz '22, Business Manager and Sports Editor

May 15, 2020

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Questions arise with graduation season approaching

Having seniors graduate at their normal time brings up many health concerns and would require all of the families and faculty to wear masks.

Tori Wilson ’22 and Shira Zeiberg ’22, Staff Writer and Assistant Business Manager

May 14, 2020

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Westport Country Playhouse postpones season, in danger of permanent shutdown

The Westport Country Playhouse, normally a stage for plays, now has postponed its entire 2020 show season, due to COVID-19.

Finnegan Courtney '23, News Editor

May 14, 2020

The Westport Country Playhouse postponed their planned 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which would have included five shows, including “Antigone” and “Next to Normal.” “After careful consideration of public health guidelines and with the well-being of our Playhouse community in mind, ...

Barnett’s baked goods aim to restore summer

Lea Rivel '22, Web Arts Editor

May 14, 2020

Summer is something that almost everyone looks forward to. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chance of a regular summer is at great risk. Camps are in jeopardy, travel plans have been cancelled and even social interactions are in an uncertain state. Sasha Barnett ’22 has been...

COVID-19 delays multiple movies’ production, filming

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging across the world, multiple blockbusters have had their original release dates postponed.

Finnegan Courtney '23, News Editor

May 13, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading around the world, numerous movies had to stop and delay production, effective immediately. This halt disappointed many fans who were excited to see a variety of movies, originally supposed to come out weeks ago; now delayed months into the future, with the closure of...

Internet usage escalates due to Covid-19

 Chart shows the change in internet usage since the virus outbreak in Websites and Apps.

Maria Krug '22, Web Opinions Editor

May 12, 2020

No traveling, no restaurants, no movie theaters and no school. COVID-19 has impacted so many lives around the world, as well as daily routines. Because people are stuck at home with not much to do, boredom and stir-craziness have caused people to spend more time online than ever.   An increase i...

Social distancing efforts prove heartbreaking but lifesaving

There are 165 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Westport as of April 7, and social distancing, which Governor Lamont implemented with his stay at home order on March 23, is meant to prevent the outbreak from surpassing what our local healthcare system can manage, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rachel Suggs ’21, Web Managing Editor

May 12, 2020

Precautions against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been immensely disruptive. Schools are canceled, SAT testing centers shut down, AP exams modified, fourth-quarter moved to pass/fail and extracurricular events put on hold due to the outbreak.  Yes, these are all activities that we, as fu...

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