Dear Parents, Guardians, and Members of the Newmarket Community,
We are reaching out to provide an update on the investigation related to the student who tested positive for COVID-19. As previously communicated, we have been working with, and following guidelines from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Contact tracing has been completed by the school, and we have communicated to those individuals who have been identified as potential close contacts. This contact information has also been shared with DHHS who will also reach out to these individuals to instruct them how to self-quarantine at home. Due to the timing of this occurrence, we expect that we will be able to maintain our planned return to on-campus learning on November 2nd for staff and students.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- 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.
Susan K. Givens
Superintendent of Schools