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Students discuss opinions on one-way hallways

Staples has implemented one-way hallways as a precaution due to COVID-19. Students have varying opinions on the convenience and effectiveness of this regulation.

Lys Goldman ’21 and Emma Dantas ’21, Managing Editor and Staff Writer

October 21, 2020

Seasonal changes create divide in how students hang out

 Pictured Molly Liles ’22, Cailen Geller ’22 and Romy Nusbalm ’22. During the summertime, hanging out with friends was easy to do outside and socially distant. As the weather gets cooler, it will be harder to hang out in the same ways.

Theresa Vandis '22, Business Manager

October 21, 2020

During the summer, many people were able to hang out with their friends doing activities that maintained the COVID-19 guidelines by staying outdoors. As the weather gets colder, Staples students are split on whether going inside their friend’s houses is safe or not.  Some students think that going inside is saf...

Many Staples athletes choose club sports, prompting COVID-19 concerns

Many Staples athletes choose club sports, prompting COVID-19 concerns

Jake Fitzpatrick ’22

October 14, 2020

With COVID-19 concerns still looming over the current fall sports season and teams adapting to fit the CIAC’s criteria, many Staples athletes have turned to club sports to get their athletic fix. Club teams are organizations that are not connected to Staples in any way. As Staples has no jurisdiction...

Virtual back to school night provides convenience, cannot recreate in-person experience

Staples parents Holly Rogers (right) and Zoran Hruskar (left) watch virtual back to school night presentations from the comfort of their home. As a precaution to stay safe from COVID-19, teachers pre-recorded or streamed their presentations live through zoom.

Maya Hruskar ’23, Blue Staff Paper Opinions Editors

October 13, 2020

Picture this: adults frantically running through school hallways, lost in the labyrinth-like maze of Staples. Their next  presentation is in one minute and they have yet to find the classroom- the stress they undergo being very similar to that of a freshman on the first day of school. This used to be ...

Food pantries depend on Westport community during pandemic

The food pantry at the Gillespie Center is well-stocked after a recent food drive, allowing them to provide for those affected by the pandemic.

Ella Shi '23

October 13, 2020

COVID-19 has left many families with financial instability, food insecurity and no guarantee of what the future holds. Because of this, food pantries have seen an increase in visitors who are in dire need of assistance. Many Westport organizations have jumped into action to address this issue. However,...

Students consider online vs in-person learning

Students in class while maintaining a 6 feet distance.

Sydney Chinitz ‘23 and Valerie Dreyfuss ’22

October 13, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/valerie-dreyfuss/which-is-preferred-in-school-or-at-home-learning

Freshmen adjust to high school during a global pandemic

Alex Gordon ’24, Ruby Kantor ’24 and Alice Anderson ’24 eat lunch with the new dividers to accommodate for school with COVID-19. With the new regulations, students must sit three or four to a table, with X’s on every other seat.

Hannah Kail ‘22 and Lily Caplan ‘22

October 13, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/user-154303966/freshman-adjust-to-high-school-during-a-global-pandemic-1

One-way hallways perplex and disorient students and staff

Staples students exit the cafeteria through the music hallway in the direction of the one-way hallways. Some are inevitably fated to come in late to class.

Natalie Bandura ‘22

October 13, 2020

https://youtu.be/qUh08ccYiKA

In 2020: The year of unpredictable, NFL Sundays provide a constant

NFL Redzone running seven hours of commercial free football as Staples students tune in.

Max Dorsey ’21

October 12, 2020

This year has been a trip. Almost nothing has felt normal, and almost nothing is normal. Relying on normal aspects of life like school and after school sports and activities can prove to be a let down for a lot of Staples students. So many questions have been left unanswered. But in a year of uncertainty,...

Staples needs strong response to COVID-19 cases already present in schools

Weston schools shut down for deep cleaning after positive COVID-19 cases arise.

Hannah Conn '23 and Toby Goldfarb '23, Staff Writers

October 9, 2020

Although it seems like doors just opened yesterday, several schools across the county have already reported cases of COVID-19 among their students and staff members. Westport, Weston and Norwalk have all officially released knowledge of cases in the past two weeks alone. However, it is difficult to neg...

Virtual learning takes a turn, improves students’ mental health

At home set up for distance learning.

Margot Richlin '23, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

Sitting at a desk in an uncomfortable, stiff chair for hours at a time can be tough. Trying to learn and grasp new concepts while shivering, sweating or trying to quiet a growling stomach can be stressful. Listening to the kid sitting next to you tap his pencil for an hour while you’re trying to t...

Outdoor seating offers safe environment for students to interact during lunch

This is the setup for the outdoor seating tables at Staples High School.

Gabriella Gerig '23, Staff Writer

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 time in hours. Hand sanitizer is casually passed around. A year ago, it would have been hard to imag...

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