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Superintendent's Message

  • August 7, 2020

    Matt Cook
    Newark Parents/Guardians and Families,

    Now that we have heard that school buildings are scheduled to be open again in the fall, we need to have you let us know which educational option you would prefer for the first half of the 2020-21 school year. We will send out another form to learn of your preference for the second half of 2020-21 this December. Our goal is to provide families a choice for either distance learning or in-person instruction while following NYS Department of Health (NYS DOH) and NYS Education Department (NYSED) guidelines, which includes mandatory mask wearing (with medical exceptions) and social distancing.

    As you may recall from previous communication, we need about 35% of families to select the distance
    learning option for grades UPK – 5 in order to offer five days per week, in-person instruction for the
    remaining students while maintaining social distancing and mask wearing protocols. If not enough parents select the distance learning option for grades UPK – 5, we will have to offer a hybrid schedule where half the students come on Monday and Tuesday and the other half of the students come on Thursday and Friday, with the remaining three days being distance learning.

    All secondary students in grades 6-12 who attend Newark Middle School or Newark High School will be on the hybrid schedule consisting of two days in-person instruction and three days of distance learning. Our earlier survey indicates that about 25% of secondary families wanted the distance learning option. This would help us to implement the hybrid in-person schedule and maintain social distancing and mask
    wearing protocols.

    We will need one form filled out per student. If you have multiple students and want them separated on the hybrid schedule for daycare or bandwidth reasons, please email your building administrator to let them know, otherwise we will work to cluster families to attend on the same days.

    Parent/Guardian Name: ___________________________________________ (please print)

    Student Name: __________________________________________________ (please print)

    Student Grade in 2020-21: _________________ Building: ___________________________

    Please make a selection below:

    [ ] I choose to keep my child home if there is an option to have five day per week distance learning provided by Newark CSD. Distance learning in the fall will be more robust with greater online, live instruction than during the emergency closure last spring. I will be responsible to help my child maintain a schedule and to ensure work is complete.

    [ ] I choose in-person instruction understanding that NYSDOH/NYSED mask wearing and social distancing guidelines will be followed. If five days per week, in-person instruction is not possible for elementary students, the hybrid model of half the students attending two days and the other half attending two days per week would need to be implemented. The hybrid model will be utilized for grades 6-12.



    [ ] My child will need to ride the bus in 2020-21. I understand that NYSDOH/NYSED guidelines require mask wearing (with medical exceptions) on the bus and social distancing where possible.



    If you would like the distance learning option for your child or you will be in the hybrid in-person option and do not have access to high-speed internet at home, the District will work with you to see if we have a solution that might be possible.


    [ ] I have access to a reliable internet connection at home, making distance learning with video sessions possible.
    [ ] I do not have access to a reliable internet connection at home and would like assistance from the District.


    Vulnerable Populations


    [ ] I need to speak with the school nurse or administrator because my child meets the definition of being in a vulnerable population and may need an accommodation.


    Children who are medically complex, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other children. Further, students with special needs or students who are medically fragile may not be able to maintain social distancing, hand or respiratory hygiene, or wear a face mask. It is important for parents/ guardians to work with their child’s healthcare providers so that an informed decision can be made on how best to meet the child’s needs at school while protecting their health and safety. (Page 20 of NCSD Reopening Plan)


    This form has been sent to you via email and is available digitally on our website at If it is easier for you to call to let us know of your preferences, please call 332-3230. Thanks in advance for your cooperation and support.


    Matt Cook
    Superintendent of Schools

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