Friday, 6/5/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


Happy Friday! We truly have the finish line in sight and I am sure that we are all confident in our collective ability to cross it! What a tremendous effort to get there by so many people on both a personal and individual level as well as on a broader group/class/school/community level. I don’t believe I can find the precise words that would fully articulate my profound appreciation of the efforts everyone has put forth. My only hope is that you know it exists.  


The end-of-year events will begin next week and continue daily until Monday, June 15th with the final last day for students in our schools on June 16th. These events are times for celebration and with the landscape being what it is, these celebrations take on a whole new perspective.  Please embrace the events that are planned and help our children/students enjoy their moment in the spotlight that they have worked so hard to earn. Let it be a little Kool and The Gang time for everyone! With that, I also want to give a quick shout out to all of the members of our staff that have put in a great deal of time and effort to help make these events as memorable and meaningful as they can be at this time. Your passion, commitment and caring for our students is a great recipe for successful events. Thank you for all that you do!


The Chesterfield School District drive in vote on the warrant articles, including the school operating budget and the Chesterfield Support Staff negotiated collective bargaining agreement, will be tomorrow. There are also a couple of reserve fund warrants for voters to consider.  Please join the Board this evening at 5pm as they review all input that was received from registered voters.


What a tremendous response over the last couple of days with submissions for the final challenge of the school year. I have had some people reach out to me directly to see if I could extend the deadline to after the weekend. In consideration of that request, the deadline has been extended until Monday, June 8th at 9:00AM. Please know, I cannot extend that any longer as it will take time for folks to put together the final product before the school year ends.


Because it is Friday and we are heading into the weekend, some friendly reminders to keep in mind:


  • Continue to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor and principal with any concerns you may have regarding remote learning. They, like you and I, only want the best for all of our students.
  • Remember your check-ins to make sure that you and those you hold dear are still doing well. It’s probably been the longest roller coaster ride that anyone has been on and we still don’t know when it’ll stop.
  • Remember that our feature films will not be available for much longer. Please see the details below before you are no longer able to access them.
  • Explore the responsible social media resources shared below to help teach and reinforce as well as learning good modeling practices for our children/students when using social media.

No matter how difficult it gets until the end of the school, throughout the summer months and when we come back for the 2020-2021 school year, remember this Confucius quote “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall,” and this Just over 3 minute video.


Happy Friday Everyone! 

Be Well and always know that WE GOT THIS,

Robb


Remote Learning: If you are experiencing any difficulties or concerns with your child’s remote learning or have questions regarding what is expected, please start by asking your child’s teacher. Our teachers are doing a GREAT job of continuing the teaching and learning process through these adverse circumstances and can provide immediate answers or direct your questions accordingly.


Mental Health and Mental Health Awareness Month:  A friendly reminder to reach out to your teacher, school counselor or school nurse if you are feeling the need to talk about matters related to our cultural challenges, Covid-19, or anything else that is weighing on your mind.  We want to hear from you.   


Last week we launched access to our second feature film for Mental Health Awareness Month. Below you will find the link and login information in order to access the Angst online program. I am also including the link and login information for the film Like once again for anyone that may not have had the opportunity to watch it last week. Both of these films will remain available until we have reached our limit for viewings.  


Link to View Angst


Link to View Like


The specific details to login to either film is the same and provided below.

Login: sau29@indieflix.com

Password: sau29


The remaining schedule for the films will be as follows:


Ongoing:  Like a film about the impacts of social media.

Ongoing:  Angst a film about anxiety in our youth.

As a follow up to both films, “Like” and “Angst” some of our dedicated staff have created a pre-recorded panel discussion on many of the most asked questions in relation to those films. This panel discussion will be available for you to watch at your convenience and is linked both here and in the update below.


A friendly reminder that we have limited viewings for each film, so it is really important that households only access one of the viewings. This will allow more of our families and our staff to be able to watch the films as well.


As always, please reach out to your child’s team of school counselors or school nurses if you need support or assistance during this challenging time. If you are not sure who to contact, please call or email your child's building principal.  If you are unable to reach someone, please contact the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email rmatte@sau29.org.  


Resources:

  • The 5 Signs to help you identify and support others who may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time, or at any time.
  • A Mom's Retreat - A podcast on managing anxiety.

Responsible Social Media Use:  As mentioned in the June 3rd update, the responsible use of social media can be an asset or a liability for individuals. It is critical that we teach (and reinforce) as well as model responsible use of social media with our children/students.  Here are some resources that may be of assistance:


20 Tips from Smart Social

Safe and Responsible Social Networking 

Social Media Etiquette

Social Media/Media Literacy Responsible Use

Social Media Responsibility 

Social Media Responsibility and Etiquette


School Boards:  Please use the links below to access the most recent school board meetings for your respective school district.


Chesterfield -  CSB Meeting Video

Harrisville -  HSB Meeting Video

Keene - KBE Meeting Video

Marlborough - MbSB Meeting Video

Marlow - MwSB Meeting Video

Nelson - NSB Meeting Video

Westmoreland - WSB Meeting Video


Weekly Challenge:  This two-week challenge is to create a BRIEF thank you video lasting about 5-10 seconds long and is open to students, parents/guardians and all staff members.  We want to recognize and acknowledge that this has been a difficult time for many of us and being able to complete our school year took a great deal of effort on many people’s behalf.


There are multiple videos that can be created and submitted and you are not limited to any one specifically, meaning you can submit multiple videos if you would like. Here are some suggested categories of videos:


  • From Students:  a video to your parents to say thank you for all that your parents did to support you throughout remote learning.
  • From Students:  a video to your teacher(s) and/or other school staff to say thank you for their efforts in supporting you throughout remote learning.
  • From Parents/Guardians:  a video to your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and/or other school staff thanking them for their efforts throughout remote learning. 
  • From Parents/Guardians:  to your child(ren) thanking them for their efforts throughout remote learning.
  • From Staff:  to your students and/or parents/families thanking them for their efforts throughout remote learning.
  • From Staff:  to your colleagues thanking them for their support and effort throughout remote learning.

In order for this to work to the extent we are hoping, we will need permission from parents/guardians to use the videos in the larger production we have planned. This will be easier to attain if permissions accompany submissions so that follow ups are minimized. It could be either a video permission or if the video is emailed from a parent/guardian’s email, written in the body of the email. To safeguard this process, I am emailing students to check with their parents/guardians prior to participation.


Please submit your videos to saupublicinfo@sau29.org with a Cc to rmalay@sau29.org no later than Monday, June 8th at 9:00AM It is our intent to release the compilation of videos prior to the last day of school for all to enjoy.



Special Education: After careful thought, discussion and analysis, it has been decided that extended school year (ESY) instruction and related service therapies will be an extension of remote learning. We appreciate everyone's flexibility and patience as we weighed all options before making this important decision. 


The special education and related services staff continue to provide specialized instruction and related therapies from a distance. Moreover, our paraprofessionals and tutors are providing important assistance and support with remote instruction. In addition, the special education department is moving forward with the daily business of Individualized Education Plan Meetings (IEP), transition meetings and Extended School Year Services meetings (ESY) for those students that qualify. As always, please reach out to the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email rmatte@sau29.org. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00.  Thank you!


Meals: The order form for meal pick up in the towns is open for Monday, June 8th and Wednesday, June 10th. Orders MUST be submitted no later than this Thursday, June 4th at 5pm.   Please use this meal order form link to place your order.


Meals in Keene are available for pick up behind Franklin Elementary and Keene High School on Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 to 11:30am. No pre-ordering is required for the Keene locations.


Last day for meal pick up:

Keene -  June 10 (4 days)

Chesterfield, Marlow, Nelson, Westmoreland - June 15 (1 day)

Marlborough & Harrisville - June 15 (2 days)

Information on summer lunch programs will be posted this week.


Menus and offerings will vary based on availability.



Technology: Collecting Chromebooks. KHS Seniors if you borrowed a Chromebook or computer please drop it off on the 9th. Make sure you have the power cord with the device.

KMS- Drop off will start on the 15th and 16th. Please contact the school for the assigned day. 

Please contact your school for more information on times and where you should drop off the devices. Make sure you have the power cord with the device.

Help desk number, (603)352-0640 ext 3871,  For help with the Home user and remote learning click here


Phishing attempts:  We have had another phishing attempt. We have blocked the person that is attempting to scam us. Please read this document for more information.


We have Kami as a part of the Google classroom for Teachers and students. Click here for the 1st time login instructions. Click here for the help with getting started with Kami.  


Vetted APPs and Websites:  You can check the online vetted site here SDPC  Look up the App and website by company. We have added more to the list as we get them back from the Vetting team. 


Reporting AbuseIf you see something, please say something.  You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  


Additional Resources:


School Calendars: You can use this link to view your district’s calendar:  SAU 29 School District Calendars.  The 2020-2021 school year calendars can also be found using this link.


School Buildings: Building hours are 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for staff only.  All buildings are closed on the weekend.


June 18-19:  All buildings in SAU 29 are closed.

June 26:  Rescheduled floating holiday from April 24.


School GroundsAll school playgrounds, fields, and other outdoor facilities are closed until further notice.  


Social Distancing:  Please refer to Governor Sununu’s Emergency Orders for additional guidance on this as well as other areas of interest.


Contact Information: Dr. Rick Matte is the lead contact person for all COVID-19 inquiries and concerns at all SAU 29 schools and districts.  He can be reached at rmatte@sau29.org


Governor Sununu has also activated a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline for all related needs and supports. The hotline can be reached by dialing 211.


COVID-19 and Remote Learning Resources: