Monday, 4/6/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


Last week, in our updates on April 1 and April 2, we shared with you some cybercriminal activities that we are aware of taking place.  While it would be nearly impossible to identify all of the attempts that may be made from those with malicious intent, we want you to be aware that these attempts do exist.  Please exercise extreme caution if you are receiving emails from unsolicited parties and avoid opening the links they are sending to you as well. 


Also, if you receive an email from a source that does look familiar, inspect it thoroughly as well.  These criminals are recreating official-like communications using names of individuals that you know and trust.  If anything looks out of sort, please reach out to that individual in a completely separate email to inquire. I encourage you to please look closely at the daily technology updates for any updated information that we are trying to pass along by sharing with our staff and our families.


We’ve been getting a great return on responses regarding the April Break survey that was launched on Friday.  Updated information is included below for your consideration and for your information.  


I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the outdoors over the weekend, at least to some extent.  I further hope that you were able to get outside this afternoon to enjoy some of the best weather we have seen in quite some time.  If not, it’s not too late! If the forecast holds true, tomorrow should be just as pleasant before cooling off for the remainder of the week and into the weekend.  As I know all too well, the forecasts don’t always hold true many days out in advance.


Finally, we experienced some delays with our messaging program on Friday. The vehicle that we use is also experiencing increased volumes and the delays that come with that as well.  They do eventually get out, but sometimes later than anticipated. With that, we will likely have our daily updates posted on our websites prior to the email and text blasts that go out.  We will continue to send out our messages in the same manner that we have been, we’ll just be posting them to our sites a little sooner than before.  


Be Well,

Robb


April Break Survey:    
We have over 1,000 responses for the survey that was shared on Friday.  I’d like to see more student voices in this survey as well. As of the posting of this update we have had responses from:

Students

Staff

Parents

Others

150+

500+

800+

10+



Please share the link with your children/students so they can share their perspective.  It only takes a few moments to complete the April Break Survey and it 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:  Last chance as the deadline for submission will be 5:00 PM today 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 HealthOur school counselors and/or school nurses stand ready to assist in any way that they can.  Please reach out to our incredible team of counselors if you need assistance. Here’s a resource to help you identify the The 5 Signs that somebody may not be doing well.  


Reporting AbuseReports 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 EducationThe special education department and related services staff continue to offer and provide instructional accommodations, instructional modifications, specialized instruction and  specialized therapies remotely. As always, please reach out to your child’s special educator/case manager if you have questions or concerns with the following: remote learning, transition meetings, any upcoming Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, and/or data collection  for the extended school year (ESY) planning and potential compensatory education planning.  


You may also call the Student Services Office at SAU 29.  The number to the central office is 357-9001, extension 230.  Lastly, The Student Services Office at SAU 29 remains open to the public from 8am  to 3 pm. For planning purposes, we encourage the public to call or email (357-9001 extension 230, rmatte@sau.29org) before coming to visit the office. Thank you!!


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 to place your order.


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

We continue to see phishing attempts in email. Please be careful. If you have doubt call the help desk we are here for you. 


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.


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.


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: