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Staples shifts to 100% capacity

Remy Teltser ’21 and Molly Gold ’21 April 9, 2021

https://anchor.fm/olivia-teltser/episodes/Staples-shifts-to-100-capacity-eu81mi/a-a558sbv

Drugstores such as Walgreens and CVS offer vaccinations, now open to people from the age of 16.

Vaccination of teenagers fosters enthusiasm in students

Isabella Rivel ’24, Staff Writer April 6, 2021

Those ages 16 and older were eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 1. Many teenagers are eager for this opportunity for their lives to regain some normality.  So far, Connecticut...

Westport teachers’ vaccination dates have been moved later in the week in order to ensure that they will not be missing school days due to side effects.

Moving vaccine clinic dates allows teachers to be attentive at school

Julia Leitner ’23, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

Superintendent Thomas Scarice announced the decision to move Covid-19 vaccination clinic dates for teachers from Wednesdays to Thursdays on March 17. This was done to prepare for side effects that may...

Starbucks in Norwalk, Connecticut has reopened its seating area for customers. Spaced out tables and wearing a mask when not eating are protocols that must be followed to ensure safety.

Full capacity return sparks varied opinions

Alexandra Glickman ’23, Staff Writer March 31, 2021

On March 19, it was declared that Connecticut would return to full capacity. After a year in the pandemic, the world has started to slowly return to normalcy: restaurants, libraries, gyms, offices, museums...

As the number of vaccinations continues to increase, many families felt it was safe to gather for a Passover seder. Some came together in-person, while others met through Zoom. There are many traditions that are celebrated during the seder, one being having a Seder plate like the one pictured above.

Families gather for Passover celebration

Abbie Goldstein ’22, Paper Features Editor March 31, 2021

Holidays are a time for family members to come together and enjoy each other’s presence, but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed that. In April of 2020, most families conducted Passover seders over Zoom...

Staples gets set to tip off at home against Fairfield Warde on March 28.

Staples Basketball Recap

Cameron Manna '21 March 30, 2021

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Marley Lopez ’21 is actively playing in her basketball game back in 2020. Her high school career was one of the best experiences for her, but this year, contact tracing suddenly prohibiting her participation in the last basketball game of her career.

Contact tracing seizes the excitement sports have produced

Sydney Chinitz ’22, Staff Writer March 30, 2021

This past year has been chaotic. The extensive amount of changes that have happened in order to adapt to COVID-19 have affected all different aspects of student lives: classroom experience, social life...

Achorn Pharmacy, Walgreens, and Stop & Shop are just a few of the available vaccination locations in Westport that provide the COVID-19 vaccine. Most locations offer direct appointment scheduling by phone or through their website.

COVID-19 vaccinations for adolescents create optimistic atmosphere at Staples

Jared Leonard ’22, Paper Sports Editor March 30, 2021

The administration of vaccinations for high school students and other young children is underway after Dr. Anthony Fauci’s announcement on March 7. On March 16, Moderna reported the start of trials for...

As masks prove extremely useful to fight off COVID-19, they introduce new opportunities to protect against other illnesses such as the flu.

Wearing masks after COVID-19 can limit spread of flu

Maddy Tansley ’23, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

Over the course of the pandemic, masks have become a necessity for anyone planning on leaving their house to go to school, restaurants or shops. With masks being the new norm, it raises the question of...

The most dramatic development in the wake of the shift to 75% capacity has been the new circumstances of lunch periods. Decidedly suboptimal, these have become frenzied and unsafe, but can be easily rectified.

Recent changes to lunch periods prove undesirable, require remedy

Mimi Casey ’22, Paper Opinions Editor March 24, 2021

With all of the changes that have come with the implementation of the 75% model, some of the most talked-about have been those affecting lunch periods. Considering the dramatically stricter regulations...

Prior to the week of March 23, students were contact traced and mandated to quarantine for 10 days if they sat within six feet of an exposed student. Staples' contact tracing guidelines were eased to mandate quarantining if students are within three feet apart of an exposure.

Delay in contact tracing exposes many to COVID-19

Lily Klau ’23, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

Westport students are experiencing delays in receiving notifications from the school about possible exposures to COVID-19. In some instances, students who were in contact with a positive COVID-19 case...

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