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Students oppose further plastic divider use

Students oppose further plastic divider use

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor January 27, 2022

The plastic dividers at lunch: you may or may not know them because it is likely that  someone has already tossed them under the table. They were first introduced last year, at the peak of the COVID-19...

There are multiple COVID-19 testing sites around Westport and they all experience the same traffic-related issues on a regular basis. Sometimes these testing sites run out of COVID tests, which creates even more backlog.

Long waits at COVID-19 testing sites create frustration

Izzy Sareen '22, Staff Writer January 14, 2022

Imagine this: You’ve just discovered you were exposed to COVID-19, and you need to get tested in order to get back to your daily obligations such as work, school, sports and other things. You get up...

Ice skaters of all skill levels enjoy spending time with family and friends on Saturday night, Dec. 18, 2021.

Westport PAL ice skating rink reopens amidst COVID-19

Ava Cordella ’24, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

The Westport PAL Ice Rink at Longshore reopened on Dec. 10, marking the rink's 25th season.  Due to the rink being outdoors, many Westport residents anticipated the opening amidst COVID-19.  “I...

Staples students make resolutions and set expectations for the upcoming year.

Despite pandemic, students eagerly live up to New Year’s resolutions

Margot Richlin ’23, Web Opinions Editor January 10, 2022

As 2022 begins, Staples students are using the new year as a chance to start fresh and make resolutions for the upcoming 12 months. After nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students feel as...

COVID-19 omicron variant causes student concern

COVID-19 omicron variant causes student concern

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Staff Writer January 6, 2022

The omicron variant of COVID-19 has led to concern about how students will stay safe throughout Westport Public Schools.  According to NPR, the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads twice as fast as...

The mask mandate in Westport was reinstated as of Dec. 27, meaning all indoor public settings will require masks.

Mask mandate reinstated for public areas in Westport

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Staff Writer December 24, 2021

First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker announced that the mask mandate in Westport Connecticut, is being reinstated on Thursday Dec. 23, as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the town. Currently, according...

Greenwich High School began winter break two days early due to a dramatic increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

Greenwich High begins winter recess early citing rise in COVID-19 cases

Caroline Coffey ’22, Staff Writer December 23, 2021

Superintendent Toni Jones of Greenwich Public Schools announced on Dec. 21 that Greenwich High School would begin December break early due to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases within the school district....

The third round of vaccination was approved by the FDA. Symptom hesitation leads to some questions about  getting the third shot.

COVID-19 booster shot gains approval

Mia Kirkorsky ’24, Assistant Business Manager December 21, 2021

The FDA recently recommended people above the age of 16 receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Many in the Staples community have already received the shot, while some have been hesitant due to the limited data...

The current COVID-19 vaccine mandate for teachers and other school employees.

Vaccine rates for Connecticut school employees rise to 90%

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Staff Writer December 13, 2021

90% of school employees in Connecticut are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Nov. 22, while Westport Public School employees have a vaccination rate of more than 95%, according to the Connecticut...

Many businesses around Westport are seeing a resurgence in their sales following the initial Covid lockdown.

Westport’s retail stores hope sales return to normal

Sarah Marron ’24, Web Sports Editor November 24, 2021

Over the past year, we have anticipated a return to normalcy as we come off of the peak of COVID-19 cases. Since the widespread implementation of the vaccine, many retail businesses in Westport are seeing...

The CDC recommends that all adults who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine get the booster shot six months after their second dose.

Staples handles teacher absences due to COVID-19 booster shots

Kiswa Khan ’23, Paper Sports Editor November 24, 2021

Staples teachers were offered booster shots for their COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 17. Many of the teachers were out the next day because of its side effects which include fatigue, muscle pain, chills, joint...

Chrissy Toeplitz’s kids, Henry (6) and Paige (9), received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Staples High School clinic on Nov. 13.

Vaccination clinic for ages 5-11 nurtures excitement for second dose

Toby Goldfarb ’23, Web News Editor November 24, 2021

Needles. Blood. Tears. Band-Aids. Usually, this is the standard protocol for young kids receiving a shot. Children are begrudgingly dragged into the dreaded doctor’s office, sick with anticipation for...

Westport children Penny and Jack Smith received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. They have just become eligible.

Westport parents remain hesitant about vaccinating their younger kids

Audrey Kercher ’23 , Web Arts Editor November 23, 2021

There are 194 million people fully vaccinated in the US helping to combat COVID-19 and lessening the impacts of the pandemic. Although this number may seem like a substantial number of Americans, this...

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