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One student with a mask on, one with a mask off and no one says a thing.

Why am I allowed to not wear a mask?

Nick Lolis ’24, Staff Writer November 23, 2021

The world is still in the middle of a pandemic. As a result, schools across the country are mandated to have their students wear masks, even those who are vaccinated. The only time masks are not necessary...

Staples High School offered the COVID-19 booster shot for teachers on Nov. 17. They could sign up for a preferred time slot and receive it when convenient.

Westport Public Schools offers booster shot for teachers

Abbie Goldstein ’22, Paper Arts Editor November 21, 2021

Staples High School offered a booster shot clinic on Nov. 17 following the announcement that teachers were eligible to receive it as of Sept. 24. Despite the low transmission rates in school, many...

Due to a policy change from the CT Department of Public Health, starting on Oct. 20, vaccinated high school and middle school teachers will have the option to remove their masks during class.

Mask restrictions lifted for vaccinated teachers

Jason Stein ’22, Staff Writer October 20, 2021

Staples High School teachers are no longer required to wear masks in the classroom, starting on Oct. 20. The CT Department of Public Health is permitting this option for all vaccinated teachers of grades...

On Oct. 5, former student, Anaya Maignan-Thompson filed a lawsuit against Staples, accusing her teachers of verbal harassment.

Former Staples student seeks compensation for harassment claims

Sarah Marron ’24, Web Sports Editor October 14, 2021

A lawsuit was recently filed against Staples on Oct. 5 by Ayana Maignan-Thompson, a former Staples student, who claimed to have been harassed by her teachers and is asking for more than $15,000 in damages....

Eli Shorrock ’22 enjoys the new schedule format because he can get more work done during class time. Although, sometimes he gets antsy during the long periods.

New block schedule provides positive take-away from pandemic

Jess Leon ’22, Staff Writer May 26, 2021

In a year that has consisted of constant changes, students have adopted some and neglected others. The block schedule at Staples has been a change that some students and teachers have seen as a positive...

An email sent to all staff on April 5 specified that all staff members, including those who just received their second shots, are expected to work in person on the asynchronous Friday, April 9 following the district’s final second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

Staples staff expected to report in person on asynchronous day following second dose vaccine clinic

Lys Goldman ’21, Managing Editor April 9, 2021

All Westport teachers and staff are expected to work in person on Friday, April 9, an asynchronous day, after the district’s final second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic is held on Thursday, April 8, per...

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...

Staples students will learn asynchronously at home on Friday, April 9. This schedule change was made because teachers will be receiving their second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, April 8.

Staples to have asynchronous remote day on April 9

Chelsea Strober '21, Associate Managing Editor April 4, 2021

Staples High School will have a remote day on Friday, April 9, according to an email sent out by Principal Stafford W. Thomas Jr. The remote day is due to the large number of teacher COVID-19 vaccinations...

Despite having only one remote Wednesday this month, teachers have adapted different systems to manage their own kids who are also learning remotely. The constant schedule changes have forced teachers to rapidly make changes to their childcare—often without warning.

Constant schedule changes force teachers to abruptly adapt

Mishael Gill ’23 , Paper Sports Editor March 27, 2021

Due to the PSAT and SAT testing that took place this month, March’s schedule has had a  unique structure that eliminated most remote Wednesdays. This is not uncommon—the school schedule has varied...

With the announcement by Lamont yesterday, a new vaccine distribution schedule was released, including when teachers are eligible to Receive.

Teachers to become eligible for COVID-19 vaccination

Finnegan Courtney ’23, News Editor February 23, 2021

Connecticut teachers and school staff will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 1. This announcement from Governor Ned Lamont came in concert with the release of a new vaccination...

Teachers at Staples rearrange course curriculum, giving students with different teachers completely different learning experiences.

Disparity between teachers leads to student struggles

Kristina Chaney ’23, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

My English 10 teacher assigned the sophomore research paper months before any of the other teachers did, and for me, the project spanned the second quarter instead of the traditional third quarter. I asked...

The current hybrid model consists of two cohorts, cohort A going to school on Mondays and Tuesdays and cohort B going in on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays act as a remote learning day for everyone. The district will be moving forward with a new 75% model starting in March.

Staples teachers debate returning to full in-person learning

Natasha Taubenheim ’22, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

All Westport elementary and middle school students were given the option to fully return to school as of Feb. 3. While some chose to stay remote, most made the decision to go back and conclude their distance...

 When major, controversial events, like the Capitol riot, occur, it is important for teachers to better represent all beliefs and feelings and create a comfortable and safe environment for every person in the class.

Teachers should help protect minority students

Jalen St. Fort '22, Staff Writer January 29, 2021

For as long as I can remember, in every history or English class I have ever been in, there has been a unit where we talked about the Civil War or segregation. At a younger age, you don't think too much...

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