Susan M. Hasenauer, Superintendent
Updated COVID-19 Guidance re: Isolation and Quarantine
Like always, things are constantly changing and this past week was no different. We once again received new guidance (below) from New York State and Wayne County. At one point, we were receiving updates and changes daily. As of TODAY, here are the newest documents. Please look and familiarize yourself with the changes we are implementing, such as isolation and quarantine periods now being only 5 days.
- Day zero is the first day of symptoms or the date tested, whichever comes first. Day 1 through 5 the student is in isolation on quarantine. For example: Sal has symptoms on Saturday and tests positive on Sunday. Saturday is Day 0 and Sunday is Day 1. Thursday is then Day 5 and the student would return to school Friday if symptom free.
- Schools are no longer required to contact trace. This is a process that occurs when a person comes in “close “contact with a diagnosed person. The district will be giving either a courtesy call or will send a letter via parent square in specific cases where we believe contact was made. Clusters will also be examined. A mandatory quarantine will only be made by Wayne County Public Health.
Home Test Update:
- If you or someone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19 on a home test, you will need to upload that positive result to Wayne County Public Health here: COVID-19 Positive Home Test Reporting (jotform.com). This will prompt someone from Public Health to contact you.
- If you weren't able to pick up your Home Test Kit for your student(s) at one of the two dates we provided drive through pick up, you can stop by our District Office to pick up your Test Kit(s). We are located at 100 East Miller Street (4th Floor above Police Dept).
Thank you again for your patience regarding this information. By continuing to work together we can keep our students and staff safe and healthy in order to keep our classrooms opened and focused on learning.
New York State Department of Health Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidance
- On January 14, 2022, the NYSDOH released updated isolation and quarantine guidance.
- The guidance clarified and provided:
- Isolation and quarantine procedures;
- Frequently Asked Questions for Schools, which states that schools are no longer required to contact trace when a student or staff member tests positive, has symptoms of, or is exposed to, COVID-19;
- Isolation and Quarantine tables which help to determine what actions are necessary based on exposure to COVID-19; and
- Affirmation of Isolation and Quarantine forms.
- For more information, please go to New York State’s Approach to Isolation and Quarantine.
Make Teens Health Happier
Free Virtual Club, “Teens Make Health Happen” Is Available to Schools and Students
- HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization committed to saving lives by addressing health inequities in at-risk communities through educational leadership, programming, service learning, and empowering teens by encouraging them to become change agents within their families, schools, and neighborhoods.
- Teens Make Health Happen (TMHH) is an innovative free club administered by HealthCorps that teaches students how to improve their well-being and to use their passions to tackle pressing community health challenges.
- Participating students will meet weekly from February-May 2022 for virtual meetings with their team and the TMHH near-peer club facilitator. This is a unique program opportunity that any teen, anywhere, can participate in.
- A student can sign-up as an individual or with friends and be added to a team with teens from across the country, or a principal or teacher can set up a site/community-specific team.
- Virtual Club Facilitator to lead sessions
- All club materials
- Funds to complete club projects
See the flyer below for more information.
Schools or students can register on the HealthCorps website.
Upcoming Drama Club Presentation
Upcoming Board of Education Meetings
The next Board meeting will be held on February 2nd at 6:30 PM. This meeting will be back in in-person at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center. You can view this meeting (and all Board meetings) by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/nhsreds
You can find a complete list of the Board meetings happening during the 2021-22 school year on our website. Please check the website closer to each meeting date for the agenda.
There will also be a special Vote happening on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM in the High School Gym. Please click here for more information on this vote: Special Election, February 8, 2022 / Overview (newarkcsd.org).
You can also read a story about the upcoming Capital Project Vote / Board Election here: https://www.newarkcsd.org/cms/lib/NY01000239/Centricity/Domain/1/Capital%20Project%20Board%20Member%20Election%20in%20February.pdf
Professional Development Corner
Here are some of the upcoming sessions:
- Device Care for New HP Laptops on 1/26/22
Please click here to register: https://forms.office.com/r/LUjvE8A405
Health and Wellness
Resources for Talking to Children About Violence
Newark to Receive Revitalization Grant!!
Safe Schools Hotline
In response to the needs of our community, I am excited to introduce to you a Safe School Helpline as a preventative measure to safeguard our students and our schools PreK -12. This helpline has been developed for you, our students, parents and staff members to help maintain safety and the most positive school environment possible. The hotline can be used to report wrongdoings or illegal activity. Any type of information involving a threatening situation to students, the school or staff should be reported. Examples include thoughts of suicide or self-harm, violence, weapons, bullying, drugs and alcohol and theft. It is confidential, anonymous and available 24/7. For students that need immediate assistance, a counselor will be on hand and responsive.
To access this line, just call from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (418-6423) to leave your information. Or TEXT: 614-426-0240 Then type: TIPS Your message will not be traced and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials, so appropriate action can be taken. Posters and brochures will be visible throughout the District and information will also be on our website.
Thank you again for your continued support to continually improve your child’s education and sense of belonging in our District. If you have any questions regarding the Safe School Helpline, please don’t hesitate to call. I am looking forward to an amazing school year!
Please click here to access additional information on our Safe School Helpline from our website: https://www.newarkcsd.org/safeschoolhelpline
District Hiring Needs
The Newark Central School District is in immediate need of the following positions that offer full benefits:
- Spanish Teacher
- Technology Teacher
- Building Substitute Teachers
- Speech Therapist
- Teaching Assistants
- Teacher Aides
- Bus Drivers
- Bus Monitors
- Clerical Positions
Please click here for a newsletter from Dan McAlpin, Executive Director of Human Resources. There are links in the newsletter to apply for any of the above positions. https://www.smore.com/6qrxm