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Restaurants in Connecticut are now able to dine at full capacity, which has allowed for a resurgence in popular Westport dining spots such as the Spotted Horse in downtown Westport.

Restrictions ease as Connecticut prepares for new phase

Amanda Rowan ’22, Web Photostories Editor May 12, 2021

Outdoor dining restrictions have eased in Connecticut, and many Westport restaurants followed suit, as of May 1. Governor Ned Lamont announced that the state will now allow individuals to be served at...

The Fourth of July firework show at Compo Beach during the summer of 2019 was the last before COVID-19.

Westport cancels Fourth of July fireworks

Theresa Vandis '22, Business Director May 12, 2021

The Fourth of July fireworks have been canceled in Westport for the summer of 2021 as of May 7. Due to CDC guidelines, the PAL board along with other Fairfield County towns, such as Danbury and Ridgefield,...

The Staples field, which often plays host to football games, will be the venue of a much different event this year: the class of 2021’s graduation.

Graduation to take place on the football field

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor May 11, 2021

For the first time in almost 30 years, Staples will be holding its graduation ceremony for the class of 2021 outside on the football field rather than indoors, with the event taking place on Thursday,...

Due to the Connecticut State Senate's 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, Paper Sports Editor May 11, 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...

Students were asked a series of questions regarding their mental health during the pandemic as well as teacher-student relationships. The goal of the survey was to help students with their well-being in the school environment.

Developmental Wellness survey intends to provide intel into students’ well-being

Maria Krug ’22, Paper Arts Editor May 10, 2021

Staples students present in school April 28 through April 30 completed The Developmental Relationships Survey for Youth, a survey organized by the Search Institute with the intention of gathering information...

Prior to April 27, Connecticut residents scheduled vaccine appointments through the statewide COVID portal or a specific provider website, which would be confirmed before receiving their dose. Governor Ned Lamont’s implementation of walk-in clinics is meant to combat the traffic seen below and ease the process of getting vaccinated.

Vaccine providers offer walk-in clinics to Connecticut residents

Anastasia Thumser ’22, Web Managing Editor May 6, 2021

Over 50 vaccine centers in Connecticut will no longer require appointments starting on April 27, as stated in a press release by Governor Ned Lamont one day before implementation.  The announcement...

Connecticut sleepaway camps are being allowed this summer, but they will be structured differently in the interest of COVID-19 safety.

Summer camps set to reopen in Connecticut

Kristina Chaney ’23, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood has decided to authorize sleepaway camps to operate this summer in accordance with the CDC’s April 24 guidelines, allowing for sleepaway camps to be run for...

While normally taken in-person, this year the Seal of Biliteracy Test was taken online using a proctoring program that caused several issues for students.

Juniors encounter issues with proctoring software for the required Seal of Biliteracy Test

Katie Simons ’22, Editor in Chief May 6, 2021

Over the course of April and May, eligible juniors at Staples are required to take the Seal of Biliteracy Test; however, many students have reported issues with the proctoring software used and encountered...

The FDA is predicted to approve the distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents ages 12 to 15 early next week. Connecticut plans to get vaccines to this age group through the use of school clinics.

FDA set to authorize Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and above

Claire Redmer '21 May 6, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to authorize distribution  of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds during the week of May 10. The vaccine was previously approved...

The exact borders of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is continuing to be reassessed from a variety of perspectives, with some officials and CIAC executives acknowledging the ambiguity of the term “sex” in Title IX. Others protest that transgender women do not belong in women’s sports because it violates the Amendment.

Connecticut lawsuit regarding rights of transgender high school athletes dismissed

Morgan Han-Lemus ’23, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny dismissed a case that attempted to prevent transgender athletes from competing in girls high school sports in Connecticut on April 25.  The case was made in...

A partial view of the full rankings, showing the top three schools, out of a list featuring nearly 200 public high schools in the state.

Staples named Best Public High School in Connecticut

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

Staples was named the number one best public high school in Connecticut according to Niche’s annual “Best Public High Schools in Connecticut” ranking for 2021, receiving an A+ in its overall Niche...

Sophie Spheeris ’23 stands in front of a sign after receiving her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, only a couple of weeks after it opened up for 16 years and older.

CDC eases mask guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals

Karlie Saed ’23, Web Features Editor May 4, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated new guidelines for individuals who have received both of their COVID-19 vaccinations. As of April 27, those who have received both shots are...

The COVID-19 relief plan money will be allocated into five different sections of investment. More specific information can be found on Connecticut’s Official State Website.

Lamont introduces new COVID-19 relief plan

Gabriella Gerig ’23, Paper Sports Editor April 30, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont released his proposal for the allocation of COVID-19 federal recovery funding on April 26. Lamont’s vision for the future of the state will target both recovery and governmental support....

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