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Survey results and reopening information

Good evening, parents, guardians, and Members of the Newmarket community,

I suspect you are starting to get a little excited and anxious as the weeks wind down to our school opening, especially this year. I wanted to share a few updates with you before the weekend and will send you more information on our school opening progress and plans next week. 

Survey Results
Last week the parent survey requesting information about the instruction delivery model that you are choosing for your children and your transportation needs for the upcoming school year closed.  As of today, we have survey results for 1072 students representing 98% of our anticipated student population for the coming year. Here are the results:

Instructional Model:
On Campus               839 or 78%
Remote                      212 or 20%
Other                            24 or   2% (private School, home schooling, etc.)

 Morning Transportation:
School Bus                 175      (Prior year 486)
Parents                       556
Walk/Bike                   64
Parking on Campus   92
Other                           174

 Afternoon Transportation:
School Bus                261      (Prior year 614)
Parents                      406
Walk/Bike                 114
Parking on Campus  93
Other                          183

 This information is needed to redesign schedules and make teacher and class assignments for our hybrid model of instructional delivery.  We are currently developing the schedules to accommodate the two instructional models (on campus and remote learning), social distancing guidelines (ideally on campus class sizes of 15 students), and staff and student needs. This is a very involved process and will take several weeks to complete. Your patience and understanding are very much appreciated as we work our way through this process. 

 New Mules and Mini-Mules
Summer has never been so busy! We have hired 20 new faculty members for the upcoming year. Please join me in welcoming the newest group of amazing educators joining our community: 

Allison Tessier, Music/Band Teacher (HS)
Cristina Boisvert, Art teacher (JSHS)
Clayton Jacques, Life Science Teacher (HS)
Nathan Groth, Social Studies Teacher (HS)
Karyn Hinkley, Grade 1 Teacher (NES)
Emily Favaloro, Special Education Case Manager (NES)
Donna MacKenzie, Special Education Case Manager (NES)

Also, Jayne Sanborn, the Administrative Assistant to Guidance, has been promoted to Administrative Assistant to the Principal at the Junior Senior High School.  

Masks and Face Coverings
We will be implementing many new health and safety protocols this year. There are several strategies that when implemented in combination have proven to significantly reduce the risk of COVID transmission. Masks and face coverings are one of them. To help us all remain safe and to understand the importance of this, the Health and Wellness workgroup has created or curated the following resources and guidance.

1)   PBS has published a video that shows how virus transmission is reduced by using face coverings.  
2)   Information about masks (Why they are important, what type to buy, how they should fit, cleaning instructions)
3)   Protocol for student mask wearing problems

In these uncertain times, we ask for your continued patience as we navigate unfamiliar waters with the best interests of students, staff, and the greater community. As re-entry plans and strategies are finalized, we will provide updates.  In the upcoming days and weeks, we will be providing videos for students and parents related to movement in and out, and within the school, mask etiquette, screening, and classroom settings.

Susan K. Givens, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools