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Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Newmarket parents, guardians, teachers, students, and community members,

The 2023-24 school year is off to a great start. It is hard to believe that it is almost October. September flew by. Students and staff are fully back in the swing of things after summer vacation. It is great to see all the smiling faces actively engaged in learning in our schools.

I would like to offer my thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in last night’s Vision of a Graduate community presentation. The event was well attended, and it was great to see such a wide cross-section of the community offer input on the future of our students’ education. Also, thank you to everyone that has contributed to this process of developing a Vision of a Graduate over the last few years.

With this feedback, a final draft of the Newmarket Vision of a Graduate will be finalized and shared with the school board for review and adoption in October. Once adopted by the board, the Newmarket Vision of a Graduate will become the focus for all school improvement efforts moving forward. This is a significant positive step forward for the Newmarket School District.         

Fall has arrived and with the cooler weather there has been an uptick in COVID, Flu, and RSV cases in our community. I would like to ask for your help in keeping our schools healthy and safe. The Newmarket Schools run based on an operational model that encourages personal responsibility. Our goal is to keep students and staff safe by promoting good health practices. Our success in doing so depends on how well we can all work together to keep each other healthy and safe. The Newmarket School District actively works to follow CDC guidelines. We make sure that our schools have good ventilation. Our classrooms are routinely cleaned and disinfected. We encourage good hygiene practices such as hand washing and covering our mouths when we cough. All that being said, the best way to keep the school community healthy is to keep COVID and other respiratory infections out of our schools. This is where we need your help. If your child has new or unexplained symptoms, please do not send them to school until COVID, Flu and RSV are ruled out. If you have any questions about symptoms, please reach out to one of our school nurses (NES- Diane McCormick at or JSHS- Jen Farnese at or another medical professional.

  • For COVID cases in particular, the CDC currently recommends the following Guidelines.
  • Positive COVID Test- Isolate for 5 days

Day 6- Fever free and improved symptoms- may return to school with a well fitted mask through day 10

If you have any questions about school protocols regarding student health, please contact our school nurses. 

Again, many thanks for the community support we have received around the Vision of a Graduate and thank you in advance for your help keeping COVID, the Flu, and RSV  out of our schools.

Be well Newmarket,

Todd Allen
Superintendent of Schools

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