Friday, 4/3/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

Earlier this week, Governor Sununu issued this linked letter to educators that I’m sure echoed many of the feelings a number of us feel toward our amazing staff as we transitioned and have continued with remote learning.  If you get a chance, please reach out to those that have made a difference for you, your children and your family to let them know they’re appreciated.  

With that, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all of our outstanding parents and students as well.  The work that we have done to transition to remote learning could only have been as successful as all indicators have shown because of your efforts as well.  From the onset, I indicated that it will take the collective efforts of everyone to get through this the best we can.  Make no mistake about it, your efforts are a significant factor in that as well.  

There are some critical updates below for you to take a look at.  I’ve included a survey related to the April Break as I know there has been a lot of attention and discussion on this topic.  There are many things to consider and I outlined some of them on April 1st if you want to refer back to those considerations.  You can do that by going to the April 1st Update here.

I have also included some links to other information that may be helpful as we continue further along with this uncharted journey that we are all traveling together.  They are included for your use and your reference and hopefully provide some direction if you are faced with situations that you have not been faced with before.

Lastly, the NH Department of Education issued guidance for the extended remote learning issuance today.  It will be posted on the NH Learns Remotely website, but ease of access, I’ve attached it to today’s update for your reading pleasure.  The website has a lot of rich information that you may find helpful.

If the forecast holds true, we should have a somewhat favorable weekend to enjoy the outdoors a little this weekend.  I hope that you are able to get outside for some time, enjoy the sunshine (when it does peek out), breathe the fresh air and engage with those you hold dear -  even if it is remote.  Continue to practice good habits and although we still don’t know exactly when the end of all of this will be, we DO know that we are now one day closer to that end!  WE GOT THIS!

Happy Friday and Be Well,

Robb

April Break Survey:
There was a brief discussion in the April 1st update regarding April Break.  We have received initial feedback from staff through a survey and wanted to get additional input from other key stakeholder groups as well.  Please take a few moments to complete the  April Break Survey so that we have all perspectives.  The survey will remain open until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Remote Learning:
If you are experiencing any concerns with remote learning, please reach out and let us know.  You should start by letting your child(ren)’s teacher(s) know what your concerns are so that they are aware of your concern.  Please also share your concerns with your building Principals so that they can help with finding solutions.

Student Challenge:
Reposting from yesterday’s update.  We have already received numerous submissions and will continue to compile them to create the word cloud.  Keep them coming in over the weekend. The deadline for submission will be 5:00 PM on Monday, April 6, 2020.

I want to issue all of our students another challenge.  I ask that all submissions include only first names, grade level and school as well as being appropriate.  They can be sent to me via email at rmalay@sau29.org or through Google Docs when you are logged into your SAU account.  The challenge is simple - tell me what you DO miss most about school in 15 words or less.  I’m sure the responses will vary greatly from all of our students and will be reflective of what makes our students unique and our SAU a much more colorful place to be.  Note: I will aggregate the responses and create a word cloud to share that will keep everyone’s response anonymous.

Mental Health:
Here’s a resource to help you identify the The 5 Signs that somebody may not be doing well.  There are also a number of other useful tools on this website that may be of assistance.  Please know that our school counselors stand ready to assist in any way that they can.  Please reach out to our incredible team of counselors if you need assistance.

Reporting Abuse:
Reports of child abuse inclusive of neglect have declined drastically since the onset of remote learning.  If you see something, please say something.  You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  

Special Education:
Please reach out to your child’s special educator/case manager if you have questions or concerns with remote learning.

Meals:
The order form for meal pick up in the towns is closed for next week and will reopen on Monday April 6 for ordering meals for pick up April 13 and 15. For those that placed orders, meal pick up is Monday April 6th and Wednesday April 8th at the school you selected on the order form.

Daily breakfast and lunch pick up behind Franklin and Keene High School is available  from 7:30-11:30 and no pre ordering is required. 

Menus and offerings vary daily based on availability.

Please use this meal order form link (functional as of Monday, April 6) to place your order.

Technology:
Help desk number, (603)352-0640 ext 3871.

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

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

School Grounds:
All school playgrounds, fields, and other outdoor facilities are closed until further notice.  

Social Distancing:
Please refer to Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order 17 for additional guidance.

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: