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JSHS Pivot to Remote Learning

September 21, 2020
 

Dear parents, guardians, and members of the Newmarket community,

This afternoon, we were informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at our Junior Senior High School. The person who has tested positive is an essential worker who has limited contact with staff and students. Employees who had close contact with the person are also essential workers who are needed to maintain the day-to-day operations of the school. For this reason, we will shift Newmarket Junior Senior High School to remote learning on Wednesday, September 23rd. Faculty will prepare for remote learning tomorrow and contact students by the end of the day; therefore, all classes are cancelled tomorrow, September 22nd . The Junior Senior High School will continue with remote learning through October 2nd. This shift only impacts Junior Senior High students. On campus learning will continue at the elementary school at this time.

We are actively working with and following guidelines from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). NH DHHS has requested we provide contact information for anyone who has been identified as having had close contact (within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes) with the infected person. NH DHHS will contact these individuals and will instruct them how to self-quarantine at home. Those staff will be directed to get tested and keep themselves quarantined until 14 days following their last possible exposure. A guide for self-quarantine can be found here.

Just a reminder, if you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell, please stay home and away from others and get a COVID-19 PCR test. You may also choose to seek out testing from your healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state
 (
https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/covid-testing-options.pdf). If you choose either of those options, you should bring this letter with you.

The safety of our children and staff is our top priority. To ensure their health and safety, we have been following CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting for our high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces. In addition, to prevent further spread of the disease in our community, please:

ü  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

ü  Avoid close contact with others. When outside your home, keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. This is known as social distancing.

ü  Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas.

ü  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

ü  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

ü  Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well.

Children may worry about themselves, their family and friends getting sick with COVID-19. Tips for talking to children about COVID-19 can be found here.

More information about remote learning will be provided to students and families by Principal Dalton and teachers tomorrow.

 

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