Summer Update

Susan M. Hasenauer, Superintendent

Good Afternoon,


As you may be aware, Dr. Betty Rosa, New York State's Commissioner of Education, released a memo to school districts yesterday entitled: Health and Safety Guide for the 2021-2022 School Year. In it she stated that the State Education Department’s objective is to provide schools with the support and guidance needed to start the school year and sustain the educational process in a manner that serves all students and supports their return to in-person learning.


As we approach the fall, we are very excited to open schools with all students in the classroom five days per week! However, our overall goal is to keep students, staff and families healthy and safe. We are confident that by utilizing the recommendations from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Schools and the newly released guidance from NYSED, that we will be able to now finalize a draft plan for opening our schools.


Below you will find the links to the documents referenced above:


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html


https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/


http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/back-school/nysed-health-and-safety-guide-for-the-2021-2022-school-year.pdf


As we move forward, we will work collaboratively with area superintendents, Wayne County Public Health, various constituents, and our District's medical team to create the best plan possible for the upcoming school year. We will be examining the following:


  • Universal masking while indoors and on buses for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status
  • Physical distancing of 3 feet
  • Cohorting / Pods
  • Cleaning and disinfecting regularly
  • Good handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Screening / testing to quickly identify cases
  • Strong ventilation
  • Staying home when sick and getting tested
  • Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine


I recognize the urgency to have a solidified plan and will communicate specific information to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will review and adjust protocols to ensure they will lead to a seamless opening for everyone. Lastly, we will be creating a Q and A document to clarify remaining questions and to ensure understanding, therefore, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at susan.hasenauer@newarkcsd.org.


Thank you,


Sue

Board Meetings Open to the Public

As you may know, Board of Education meetings are now open to the public; however, we must still limit capacity due to COVID restrictions. Please contact Stacy Warren at (315) 332-3217 or stacy.warren@newarkcsd.org to sign up to attend or speak at an upcoming meeting. You will need to state the topic(s) you will be speaking about. Meetings are now held at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center (131 Drumlin Court).


The next Board meeting will be held on August 18th. On that evening, they will be having a short business meeting from 5-5:30, followed by a Board Retreat from 5:30 - 9 PM. 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 and the starting time of each meeting.

District Hiring Needs

The Newark Central School District is in immediate need of the following positions that offer full benefits:


  • Clerical Position at the Middle School
  • Custodians
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Bus Drivers
  • Bus Monitors
  • Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides & School Monitors


Please complete an application that can be found under the Human Resources tab on the Newark website, www.newarkcsd.org and return to Susan Carr in Human Resources.

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