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Kids 11 and under are more susceptible to getting Covid-19 because they are not eligible for the vaccine. Now, K-12 schools, like Westport Public Schools, face the impact.

Increased Covid-19 cases in students 11 and under

Ava Cordella, Staff Writer September 23, 2021

In just three weeks into the new school year, Westport Public Schools has had a total of 71 individuals with confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 and 168 individuals who have been quarantined, according...

Students from Connecticut College return to remote learning as a result of the increased COVID cases.

Connecticut College returns students to remote learning amid COVID-19 outbreak

Sarah Marron ’24, Web Sports Editor September 21, 2021

Connecticut College decided to return their students to remote learning on Sep. 8 due to the increasing number of COVID cases, as the school faced 20 positive known cases on Sep. 6 and another 34 cases...

The fireworks this Fourth of July in Westport have pretty much faded out of existence, due to the town’s decision. But it’s absolutely clear now it shouldn’t have.

Fourth of July fireworks should not be canceled

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor June 15, 2021

Unlike most years, the fireworks that fire right over a crowded Compo Beach around Independence Day, celebrating our country’s most patriotic day of the year, will not be occurring.  Westport has...

The Westport Board of Education returned to in-person meetings, like the one pictured above from two years ago, for the first time since March of 2020 (reused photo from previous Inklings BOE article).

Westport BOE returns to in-person meetings

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor June 10, 2021

The Westport Board of Education (BOE) returned to in-person meetings at Staples High School on June 7 for the first time since before the pandemic began in March of 2020. This announcement comes as Connecticut...

In the state of Connecticut, 63% of the population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Despite the worries from the beginning, many individuals have gotten the vaccine.

Students reflect on vaccine controversy

Emma Smith '22, Staff Writer June 7, 2021

After months of masks, sanitizing and social distancing, the fantasy of the COVID-19 vaccine became a reality. Some were annoyed with the limitations the Coronavirus inflicted on their life and were eager...

An overview of the major changes expressed in Superintendent Thomas Scarice’s update, including an update on mask policy.

Westport schools update COVID guidance, masks at recess not required

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor June 4, 2021

As part of the announcement that Westport schools will not be offering district learning next year, Superintendent Thomas Scarice also announced that masks will no longer be required outside at recess...

Schools are legally allowed to have vaccine mandates meaning that Staples can require this next year.

Requiring vaccines is important, necessary for the return to normal life

Prasaus Yeager ’22, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

As more age groups become eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccines, new questions for the future arise. Among these questions is whether or not vaccines should be required for the next school year. The...

First COVID-19 vaccine dosage yields difficult side effects in 12 to 15 year olds

First COVID-19 vaccine dosage yields difficult side effects in 12 to 15 year olds

Lea Rivel ’22, Social Media Director June 4, 2021

Since Pfizer’s approval for children ages 12 to 15 on May 10, many vaccine recipients at Staples have experienced negative reactions to the shot.  Although the news of vaccinations opening up...

As India struggles to cope with its most recent surge in Covid-19 cases, thousands of people die every day. Lack of medical resources and professionals, dwindling vaccine supply and various other factors have plunged India and its population even deeper into crisis, a situation that demands attention and action.

Lack of attention paid to India’s Covid-19 crisis reflects empathy deficit

Mimi Casey ’22, Opinions Editor June 2, 2021

On May 19, there were 4,594 reported Covid deaths in India, according to the AP. Certainly, it is almost an insult to attempt to quantify the loss that underlies that number. Statistics, as we have all...

While currently masks are required in school classrooms across the state until the end of the school year, the case may be very different come August.

Time to re-enter the world, vaccinated and maskless

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor June 2, 2021

Recently, the CDC and state governments across the country announced that, with some exceptions, masks will no longer need to be worn by those who are fully vaccinated. Of course, this doesn’t mean every...

She La La, a retail business, along with other buildings in Westport, have put signs in their storefront to inform customers of their mask policy.

Connecticut stores, restaurants individually decide mask mandates for vaccinated customers

Margot Richlin ’23, Web Opinions Editor June 1, 2021

Starbucks and Trader Joe’s are amongst the first stores to lift indoor mask mandates since Governor Ned Lamont changed Connecticut’s mask guidelines on May 19.  In Connecticut, fully vaccinated...

Due to the Connecticut State Senates bill, students who were previously exempted from the vaccine for religious reasons are no longer excused.

Religious exemption bill for mandatory vaccines terminated

Phoebe Miller '23, Sports Editor May 27, 2021

The Connecticut State Senate has passed a bill that will no longer allow religious exemptions from children’s vaccination requirements for schools, colleges and other educational facilities. One such...

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