Dear Parents and Newmarket community members,
Remote learning (learning away from the classroom setting) will continue in New Hampshire until May 4 and possibly beyond. As nearby states go into various stages of shelter in place, and the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase all over the United States, it seems prudent to expect to deliver our educational program and support services remotely for the remainder of the year. The District leadership team and Joanne Lazarus, President of the Newmarket Teachers Association, have been meeting daily to develop a plan to support the physical and mental well-being, growth and development of all members of our academic learning community including faculty, students, and parents.
Starting on Monday, April 6 faculty will teach four days per week and spend one day a week collaboratively identifying power standards and essential skills by discipline and grade level; calibrating, curating and sharing instructional materials; and participating in remote learning related professional development. The planning day will be staggered by grade level/discipline. This will allow us to advance our online instructional practices and ensure that the workload moving forward is more manageable for students and parents.
On Monday April 6, the elementary school will be collecting completed work and handing out a two-week packet. All students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be issued a Chromebook at this time. The drop off/pick up schedule is as follows:
PreK through grade 1 drop off / pick up 8 -10 am
Grade 2 & 3 drop off/ pick up 10 -12 pm
Grade 4 & 5 drop off / pick up 12 – 2pm
Thereafter, all instructional materials will be provided to parents electronically.
SAUs across the state are weighing whether to cancel April vacation this year given that most travel, entertainment, and hospitality industries are closed. Continuing through the April vacation break will also allow us to close school a week earlier on June 18 instead of Thursday, June 25. To help inform our decision, we would like to gather some information from you. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. https://forms.gle/dkmR6EqrqQAxDkj16
Have a good night!
Susan K. Givens, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools