Dear parents, guardians and members of the Newmarket community,
The winter season is well under way, and with it the excitement and anticipation of holiday celebrations. The unfortunate realities of the pandemic are ever present this year, and while we enthusiastically anticipate the arrival of vaccines, we are still experiencing the consequences of a rapidly spreading illness in our area.
As you know, we are scheduled to return to in-person learning on Monday, December 14th for all students. Unfortunately, due to the number of COVID related quarantines at the Junior Senior High school and seasonal illness, students will be unable to return to in-person learning until Tuesday, January 19th. This only applies to Newmarket Junior Senior High School students. Newmarket Elementary School students will resume in person learning as scheduled. If this changes, we will notify you immediately. Please rest assured that no transmission has occurred within our schools, and we believe that our vigilance in following health and safety protocols is working. We will continue taking all precautions at the elementary school, and we are confident that school is a safe place for students and staff.
In case you missed the Student Services PowerPoint presentation on Monday evening (December 7th), please take a moment to learn more about the support services that we have in place for our students. If your child (ren) needs support, please reach out to one of these staff members, they are always available to help.
In case you have not heard about this, the Recreation Department is sponsoring a community “social distancing” challenge. They have a different activity each day starting on December 13th and ending on December 24th. For more information, check out the flier.
I would like to wish all of you a restful and healthy weekend. We value and appreciate your continued support as we navigate these challenging times.
Susan K. Givens, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools