The School District of Newberry County will begin to implement a 10 day or 20 day shortened quarantine option for students. Information regarding the shortened quarantine option will be included on the close contact and household contact letters that are sent home when students have been identified as such. Students who are currently quarantined and may qualify for the shortened quarantine option have been notified in a separate phone message and text message. Information regarding COVID transmission and the shortened quarantine links can be found on our COVID-19 Dashboard at https://www.newberry.k12.sc.us/page/covid-dashboard-2021-2022.
SCDHEC has released the following graphics to provide additional information on school quarantines for close contacts.
Ms. Gerdi Lake was recognized at the Board Meeting on Monday, August 23, 2021, for completing the Level 3 Boardsmanship Training offered through the South Carolina School Boards Association. Pictured with Ms. Lake are Board Chair Ms. Lucy Anne Meetze and Superintendent Mr. Alvin Pressley.
The School District of Newberry County Board of Trustees Special Called Board Meeting on August 30, 2021, will be held in the Newberry High School Auditorium at 7:00 pm. This meeting is open to the public with a limited seating capacity of 80 attendees to maintain social distancing. Visitors are required to wear masks to comply with Temporary Administrative Rule KI-R – Visitors. Public forum will be available to all who wish to participate and complete the Public Participation Request Form BEDH - E prior to 3:00 pm on Monday, August 30. This form can be accessed through the district’s website or at https://bit.ly/NCSD_Part_Form. The public may also view this meeting at www.newberry.k12.sc.us.
Reminder - The last day to purchase technology insurance is Friday, August 27, 2021. For more information: English- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jjj3Le8NLsLKXsPLoEzi_FolkRIfnoQN/view?fbclid=IwAR1iX3kDOVvrnwNjQH4lYHmEtwM7XvSz7RT6dnxtlF1Ov5MSEUeuX52ToKM Spanish- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Om2H_KIJ75HBKjbwsJHiFQ6NDYZaMAi2/view?fbclid=IwAR29iK8Q4IHmueyk1VK9IjNuVtmT89lYQx36CqlQoPI8NeL_xzBi-7CkocE
As you previously were informed, at its meeting last evening, the Newberry County School District Board of Trustees voted to enforce a mask mandate for all students and staff, effective immediately. Because this matter was not on the agenda for discussion and action, the Board has called a special meeting for Monday, August 30 beginning at 7:00 pm, where this matter will be reconsidered following the opportunity for public forum. If you wish to participate in the public forum, you must complete the Public Participation Request (located on our district website) prior to 3:00 pm on Monday. In the meantime, the District will not enforce a mandatory mask requirement for staff or students. The District continues to strongly encourage that masks be worn by students and staff to mitigate the spread of the Covid 19 virus.
At the August 23, 2021, Board Meeting, the Board voted to implement a 30-day mask mandate for all students in the School District of Newberry County. Beginning August 24, 2021, all students will be required to wear a mask on school grounds. Mask breaks may be allowed when proper social distancing can be maintained.
Congratulations to Whitney Parks, teacher at Newberry Elementary School, for being named our 2021-2022 District Rookie Teacher of the Year!
The School District of Newberry County Board of Trustees Meeting on August 23, 2021, will be open to the public with a limited seating capacity of 25 attendees. Public forum will be available. The Public Participation Form BEDH-E can be accessed through the district website’s live feed or at https://bit.ly/NCSD_Part_Form The public may also view this meeting at https://www.youtube.com/ncsdliveevents
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we experienced severe weather during school dismissal. The safety of our students and staff is our priority when we have any severe weather situation. We will continue to use our automated call system to keep parents informed. Please make sure all information is correct with your child’s school to receive these messages.
Members of the public who wish to speak before the Board at any Board Meeting are required to complete a request at https://forms.gle/YNgcV6ocJgG4dBrg8. Requests must be received before 3:00 pm on the date the Board meets. The next Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 23 at 7:00 pm.
Welcome back from our School Board! The 2021-22 school year begins for students on August 16.
A special thank you to the Newberry County NAACP for hosting a drop-in to meet Superintendent Alvin Pressley.
Congratulations to Ms. Mary Catherine Garner, teacher at Pomaria-Garmany Elementary School, our 2021-2022 Runner-Up District Teacher of the Year and Ms. Tonya Deese-Jeter, behavior interventionist at Newberry Alternative School, our 2021-2022 Runner-Up District Support Staff Employee of the Year.
Congratulations to Teresa Wright, Cafeteria Manager at Newberry High School, our 2021-2022 District Support Staff Employee of the Year.
Congratulations to Caitlin Hart, PE Teacher at Newberry High School, our 2021-2022 District Teacher of the Year.
We are seeking public input on the School District of Newberry County's spending of the American Rescue Plan's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP-ESSER III). We are developing our plan and request your input. Please complete this survey https://forms.gle/gnYsngCHpnRiyeHo9 prior to August 10, 2021.
SCDHEC is conducting a Community Health Improvement Survey - please click the link or scan the QR code to complete. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LiveHealthyCHA
COVID19 Vaccination Event https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1427931/8.3_Newberry.pdf
In accordance with current CDC and SCDHEC guidelines and recommendations we are implementing the following protocol. If your child has been fully vaccinated (receiving both doses of Pfizer or Moderna OR one dose of Johnson & Johnson), and we have proof of vaccination on file, if he/she is identified as a close contact to a positive case of COVID and does NOT have any symptoms, quarantine will NOT be required. However, without this documentation, he/she would have to complete the quarantine if identified as a close contact. If you would like for the school nurse to have a copy of your child’s COVID vaccination record, please bring a copy to registration or send it to your school nurse via email or fax. Your student is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after his/her last dose of vaccine. Our local CVS, Walgreens, and Lovelace Family Medicine offer the Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for those 12 years and older. You can receive the Moderna vaccine at Wal-Mart and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at Doctor’s Care (both are approved for those 18 years and older). DHEC urges South Carolinians to visit the agency’s vaccine page, the CDC website, and other reliable sources to learn more about vaccinations.