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2020-2021 Reopening Guidelines and FAQs

The attached 2 files explain Newton's Reopening Guidelines as of the Board of Education Meeting on June 24, 2020.  Updates from the State of Ohio, the CDC and/or the US Government may change these.  Updates will be posted as needed.

May 22 - Fieldhouse Reopens with The Following Guidelines

Newton Fieldhouse Re-Opening Guidelines Beginning Saturday, May 23, 2020 (7am - 2pm)

Facility will be in operation the following days and hours through the end of June:
  • Sunday             Closed
  • Monday            5:00 am – 10:00 pm (Closed for Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday            5:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday      5:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Thursday          5:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Friday                5:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday           7:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Senior Citizen hour: Noon to 1:00 p.m.  daily when the Fieldhouse is open.
    • We encourage all patrons to allow this hour for our senior citizens and choose another time to work out if you’re not 65 or older. Seniors are welcome at all times other than just this hour.
The above schedule is subject to change. Patrons should consult the daily schedule inside the fieldhouse on the message board or posted on the windows/walls.
The Fieldhouse Community Room will be CLOSED until the end of June except for Village Council meetings.
  • Newton Fieldhouse staff will conduct routine disinfecting and cleaning of surfaces, equipment, high touch areas, common areas, and as needed.
  • Newton Fieldhouse patrons will be encouraged to clean equipment before and after use.
  • Signs will be posted throughout the fieldhouse regarding COVID-19 symptoms, encouraging social distancing, handwashing, and the importance of disinfecting.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in multiple locations within the building.
  • Fieldhouse patrons should not bring guests that are not eligible by present guidelines.
  • Fieldhouse staff are required to take their temperature before working.
  • Fieldhouse staff are not required to wear masks but may do so if they wish.
  • Fieldhouse patrons will not be required to wear masks unless they choose to do so.
  • Fieldhouse gym and fitness center will be open with social distancing and maximum capacity requirements posted.
  • Walking track and gym will be open with social distancing and capacity requirements.
  • Basketballs and other equipment will not be provided so patrons will need to bring their own.
  • Fieldhouse patrons are required to bring their own water bottles. Drinking fountains will be closed. Fill stations will be open.
  • Fieldhouse patrons are encouraged not to congregate in the facility.
  • Facility rentals will not be available during the month of June.

2020 Graduation (YouTube Video)

2020 Graduation Parade


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Congratulations 2020 Senior Class!


Missed Messages From Newton School - How to Retrieve

Newton Schools uses One Call Now to notify parents and students of important information.  On occasion you may miss the call and wish to hear the message again.  DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL instead follow the instructions below:
  1. Call toll-free (877) 698-3261.
  2. When prompted by the system, press 1 to listen to the most recent message sent to you.
  3. Enter your telephone number. You must enter the telephone number that One Call Now calls for delays, cancellations, and announcements. For instance, if One Call Now only calls your home telephone and not your cellular telephone then you must enter your home telephone number even if you are calling from your cellular phone.
  4. The system will now play back the most recent message.

Superintendant Update - April 13th

April 13, 2020 

Dear Newton School Community Members,

I hope all of our students, parents, staff members, and community members are keeping safe and healthy.  We have all found ourselves dealing with COVID-19 and the extremely adverse effects it has had on our lives.  In the midst of this horrible situation, I do feel incredibly blessed to be in a community where I know we will all help and care for one another as best we can to get through this.  I do know that we will get through this and it will come soon!

I know there are many questions concerning whether we will return to school, about athletics, about the school play, about music performances,  about the prom, and about graduation.  Unfortunatelly, many of these questions will remain unanswered until our district, like all other districts in Ohio,  gets directives from Governor DeWine concerning returning to school.  Those directives should be coming as soon as the end of this week.  

Please know that we will do our best to respect the interests and concerns of all students and parents. We know that decisions will need to be made while considering many multiple competing factors.   However, decisions will always be guided by the ultimate goal to do what is best for our students.   

Hang in there and know that we will all be stronger once this situation passes.....and it will.  This too shall pass!  

Only at Newton!!!

Pat McBride



Message From the Superintendent

March 30, 2020

About a week before Governor DeWine’s executive order on Thursday, March 12 to close all schools, the Newton administration began to have serious discussions about the possibility that we would have to provide in-home instruction to all of our students.  We met for hours discussing the delivery model for different grade levels, for students with disabilities, and students with poor or no internet connectivity.    Administrators met with teachers by grade level and by subject level to gather input and to exchange ideas.  That proved to be extremely productive.  When the Governor made the announcement to close all schools, the entire Newton staff felt ready as a school district to meet the logistical and emotional challenges that we found ourselves in. 

It may have been a blessing in disguise that the Newton School District had the week of April 6-10 scheduled as spring break.  Even though the original order closed schools through Friday, April 3, our administration team made a decision not to cancel spring break for two reasons.  Many of our families and our athletic teams had scheduled trips and had already paid for those trips during spring break week.  In addition, we anticipated the likelihood of an extension of the closure.  Because of these considerations, teachers worked relentlessly and well into the evening for several evenings preparing work for students that would be adequate through the month of April.  These decisions have served our district well up to this point.

Our teachers and entire support staff have shown a resilience and a will that are truly inspiring.  Teachers have provided students with instruction across several delivery platforms ranging from hard copy packets to utilizing distance learning technology such as Google classroom, Study Island, IXL, Accelerated Reader, and Zoom.  Teachers and support staff have continued to deliver services to special needs students.  Our cafeteria personnel have continued to order food deliveries and assemble boxes of food for breakfast and lunch for those students that are on the federal assistance lunch program.  Our bus drivers have delivered those items.  When one thinks of the rapid response and teamwork necessary to accomplish these tasks it is incredibly impressive.  In addition, we have heard from many parents expressing their appreciation for the work that has been done and the continued support that teachers provide in a variety of ways to include that of a simple phone call!   Many of our students and parents have also expressed a great appreciation for the honest caring and compassion that all of the Newton staff has shown during this difficult time. 

Like all other districts and schools, we will continue to plan for those things which one can reasonably predict may happen in the future to include returning to school on May 4 or finishing the school year by providing instruction as we are currently.  We will make contingency plans for events that may not happen and also plan for the same events as we have in past years.  



Pat McBride


The following links are provided for additional information.

=        HIPAA and disclosure of protected information to Public Health agencies

=        Prevention strategies for At School, At Home, for businesses and employees

Additional Useful Links

=        Ohio Dept of Health Coronavirus website which is now being updated daily with case information for the state

=        CDC Coronavirus Website  

At Home Resources During Closure

The following are just a few of the online resources that are available to help keep your kids active and learning during this time of School closure.
Please note that these resources are NOT replacements for any work assignments issued by the students teachers and are not representing any viewpoint of Newton Local Schools or it's employees.

Only at Newton

24/7 Crisis Hotline

24-Hour Crisis Hotline 800.351.7347 C
Crisis Text Line:  Text 4hope to 741741

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, please call the Tri-County CRISIS Hotline. 
Please note, the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline serves only residents of Miami, Darke, and Shelby counties in Ohio.


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Upcoming Events

Aug 10 - 14 New Student Registration 9am - 1pm

Newton's New Student Registration will be from 9am - 1pm.  Aug 10 - 14.
Elementary Students please call the Elementary Office at 937-676-2002 to schedule an appointment. 

Aug 19 - 20 Schedule Pick Up 9am - 1pm

Aug 25 - School Begins for 2020 - 2021!!

Sep 7 - Labor Day NO SCHOOL

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