June 2, 2021
Dear Newton School Community Members,
Today marks the first day that Governor Dewine has removed all health mandates with exceptions for nursing homes and schools, if so desired. I am cautiously optimistic that we can return to a more normal school year for the 2021-2022 school year!
Teachers were given the opportunity to be the first vaccinated. Many took that opportunity. During the 2020-2021 school year, there were approximately 20 students (mostly older students) who were determined to have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In addition, there were about 15 staff members who tested positive at some point during the year, to include yours truly. There were no positive cases for either students or staff during the last 3 months of school that we are aware of. Through contact tracing, there were no positive cases that were determined by the Miami County Health Department to have been the result of spread at school for the entire year! ZERO! Unfortunately, many students had to be quarantined due to the mandates of the Miami County Health Department.
I find it strange that our principal and school nurse spent hours looking at video to help the Miami County Health Department determine which students needed to quarantine yet the WHO, NIH, CDC, and the mainstream media has had little interest in determining the exact origins of the COVID-19 virus! That just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. In a similar fashion to what was required of us locally and around the country, wouldn’t we want to know where it came from so that we could better stop the spread? The past 16 months has been a politically charged mess that I hope will never happen again! Our children need normalcy. Like for many of you, I am hopeful that this long and torturous period of enduring COVID-19 mandates is coming to an end.
I hope that everyone gets outside this summer and enjoys the warm weather, sunshine, and even a little rain. Baseball, softball, swimming pools, cookouts, and the simpler things in life should be appreciated more than ever! Have a great summer!
Only at Newton!!!