Dear parents, guardians, and members of the Newmarket community,
I hope you had a wonderful holiday break and enjoyed some quality family time these past two weeks.
Today, we were informed of forty-five (45) confirmed cases of COVID-19: eighteen (18) at the Elementary school and twenty-seven (27) at the Junior/Senior High School. All close contacts have been notified and there is no need to pivot any class or grade to remote. On-campus learning will continue at both schools at this time.
Just a reminder, please self-screen at home using this checklist.
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 or rapid test from your healthcare provider.
Last week, CDC announced some changes to their recommendations for isolation and quarantine requirements. Unfortunately, guidance regarding the implementation and implications of this change for schools have not been released. Today, the Commission of Education issued the following statement regarding the CDC announcement:
“State public health officials have reviewed the press statement issued by the CDC regarding isolation and quarantine and look forward to reviewing the CDC’s complete guidance once published. Once official guidance is available, the State will be able to determine how best to implement these changes in New Hampshire for the general public and in settings such as healthcare, residential facilities and schools. At this time, residents should continue to follow NH's current isolation guidance and quarantine guidance.”
I will keep you apprised of any changes that are made to the state’s guidance and the impact it has on our protocols.
Susan K. Givens, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools