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Staples implements daily A/B schedule

Staples implements daily A/B schedule

Shira Zeiberg ’22, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Staples will begin an A/B schedule starting Thursday, March 26 where students meet with classes from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m for the duration of the distance learning academic plan.  On A days, periods one through four will meet and on B days periods five through eight will meet. Some Staples students ...

Board of Education eliminates April break for 2020 school year

Board of Education eliminates April break for 2020 school year

Claire Redmer ’21, Social Media Director 

March 25, 2020

The Board of Education voted to cancel four days of the Westport Public School spring recess during a special meeting held virtually via Zoom on March 23. The vote was unanimous with member Vik Muktavaram abstaining.    April 6 through April 9—which students originally had off from school—w...

School closure further prolonged

School closure further prolonged

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont announced Monday in a news conference that all Connecticut schools will remain closed until at least April 20th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, distance learning programs will remain in operation throughout the state. “We are not going to let this period be a loss for your kid...

Connecticut establishments closed to restrict COVID-19 community spread

Connecticut establishments closed to restrict COVID-19 community spread

Margot Stack ’22, Staff Writer

March 20, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont has ordered all restaurants, movie theatres, gyms and bars to close in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the Hartford Courant. In addition, President Trump has confined all gatherings to less than 10 people.  Starting Monday night, local restaurants will be restricted to food de...

WWHD finishes off COVID-19 testing supplies, terminates testing

WWHD finishes off COVID-19 testing supplies, terminates testing

Natalie Bandura '22, Paper News Editor

March 19, 2020

The Westport-Weston Health District (WWHD) ran out of COVID-19 testing supplies and was forced to terminate testing for the purpose of tracing residents who may have come in contact with the virus. “The WWHD is no longer attempting to trace individuals who might have come into contact with the virus,...

District moves to Distance Learning model amid coronavirus pandemic

District moves to Distance Learning model amid coronavirus pandemic

Claire Redmer ’21, Social Media Director

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 high-school level requires students to complete daily assignments which are published through online platf...

Lamont temporarily closes all Connecticut public schools

Lamont temporarily closes all Connecticut public schools

Maya Hruskar '23, Staff Writer

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 and secure the safety and protection of children in schools related to the risks of COVID-19, all public school classes will be canceled for all s...

Administration plans to reopen schools March 26

Administration plans to reopen schools March 26

Charlotte Armstrong '21, Staff Writer

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 COVID-19 status and its potential risk to our students and educational community,” Abbey wrote. WPS...

Westport confirms first two COVID-19 cases

Westport confirms first two COVID-19 cases

Allison Gillman '23, Staff Writer

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 the sixth and 11th cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut. First Selectman Jim Marpe said the individ...

COVID-19 causes cancellations of school competitions

COVID-19 causes cancellations of school competitions

Dana Perelberg '20, Paper Managing Editor

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 D.C. from April 24-27 and was cancelled on March 12. The Staples We the People team received fir...

Westport institutions adjust to potential COVID-19 spread

Westport institutions adjust to potential COVID-19 spread

Sophie Casey '20, Web Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

Following a party attended by approximately 40 students and adults on March 5, one attendee—who was not a Westport resident— who is now presumptively positive for coronavirus may have infected 14 other party-goers who are now experiencing flu-like symptoms.  There has been no positive confirmation of d...

Closure sprouts questions over make-up days

Closure sprouts questions over make-up days

Eddie Kiev '20, Web Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

The Westport Public School administration clarified scheduling plans in an email to parents on Wednesday March 11.  This follows Westport Public Schools’ indefinite closure as concerns surge over the COVID-19 pandemic. “[I]f districts were to decide to close schools for up to two weeks, they would...

Westport schools close over coronavirus concerns

Westport schools close over coronavirus concerns

Andreas Lolis '21, Paper News Editor

March 11, 2020

Westport Public School (WPS) will close indefinitely amid concerns of exposure to COVID-19, according to an email sent out to WPS parents and teachers by Superintendent Dr. David Abbey on March 11. “We have just learned that a number of Westport parents and Westport Public School students [...]...

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