Dear Parents, Guardians, and Members of the Newmarket Community,
The warm weather has finally given way to more seasonable temperatures, just in time for Thanksgiving turkeys and pumpkin pies! Our elementary school bulletin boards are covered will fall student artwork, signaling upcoming celebrations of gratitude and thanks.
As the busy winter holidays approach, we are all confronted with the stark reality that it will be a season like no other, as COVID continues to spread throughout our communities. We are ever mindful of the need to support our students, while remaining vigilant during these challenging times.
Last night, the Newmarket School Board approved a plan to move to remote learning for the two weeks following Thanksgiving, Winter, and February school vacation breaks (see revised Calendar). We hope that by doing this, we will be able to avoid unplanned shifts to remote instruction due to staffing shortages, while at the same time, flattening the transmission curve, and helping to maintain the health of students, staff and Newmarket residents. We recognize the challenges that this plan presents to many families, and we will do all that we can to ensure the continuity of services and supports in the upcoming weeks. Classroom teachers and special educators will provide schedules prior to the Thanksgiving holiday recess. It is our hope that rates of transmission will slow, and we will be able to resume in-person instruction December 14-17, December 21-22 and again from January 19th to February 18th.
Thank you so much for your continued support as we work to meet the ever-changing landscape this year.
Susan K. Givens
Superintendent of Schools,