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Outdoor seating offers safe environment for students to interact during lunch

This is the setup for the outdoor seating tables at Staples High School.
October 9, 2020

Large, white X’s mark the spots at every table, allowing only three people to sit together at a time. As students sit down for lunch, they sigh with relief as they tear off their masks for the first...

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.
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...

Lamont removes Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health

Governor Ned Lamont removed the Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health in the midst of the coronavirus.
May 19, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont fired Public Health Commissioner Renée Coleman-Mitchell on May 12.  Coleman-Mitchell’s tenure was marked by controversy surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations,...

Fresh Green Light uses remote learning, keeps students engaged

Online classes are updated and posted every other week; however, students are only allowed to take one class on a school day per DMV regulations.
May 18, 2020

After passing a permit test, attending 30 hours of classes and eight hours of driving with an instructor, the much-anticipated ability to safely drive on your own has been earned for many teenagers.  Learning...

Social distancing becoming optional, still obligatory

Graphic by Lia Chen ’20
May 17, 2020

At long last, after what has felt like an eternity, summer is finally beginning to approach us. All around our community, there are signs that life seems to be returning to normal: the weather is starting...

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.
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...

COVID-19 spoils summer plans

May 8, 2020

Summer vacation: a two-month recess between the school years that gives time to relax, play and have fun without school. To fill the void, some students spend their winter and spring planning and applying...

Social distancing accepted into everyday routine

One positive thing that has come out of this quarantine is that I am now able to have dinner with my family every night. It is a nice way to end the day and catch up.
April 27, 2020

Talking to one of my friends face-to-face feels like it hasn’t happened in an eternity. As someone who generally sees herself as extroverted and social, coronavirus was a sudden slap in the face. The...

Technology helps students overcome social distancing

The application Zoom allows many people to video chat at once and is a great way to stay in touch with friends. Many students have been using this and find it effective.
April 13, 2020

The coronavirus has closed businesses, schools and recreational locations nationwide, severing human connection as a result. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is critical...

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