Tuesday, 4/7/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

Thank you to all of the students that submitted their response to last week’s challenge. Simply put, I asked them what they missed most about school. With over 100 replies, I’ve taken the responses and put them into a word cloud (at the top right of this page) so that you could see what our students missed the most.  The bigger the word, the more frequently it was used. A new challenge for this week is included in the update below. I hope we get a high volume of return on that as well. Once completed, I will share the outcomes of this new challenge.

Speaking of outcomes, I invite you to browse the galleries put together by the Keene High School Visual Arts Department.  I’m positive you’ll notice how well our teachers have nurtured the talents and creativity of our students. To view the galleries, please visit the KHS Visual Arts Department site linked for convenience.  Please note that the site is continuously being updated so please go back often as student work is constantly on display.

When we first began with the planning and the eventual implementation of remote learning there was, and continues to be, incredible efforts from all of our staff.  If you started following me on Twitter, you’ll often see my posts include the hashtag #BestStaffEver! That reality deepens every day and as both a parent and as a Superintendent, I could not be prouder of the efforts everyone has put forth!  

That holds true to our students as well!  Recognizing that their universe, like everyone else's, has been turned upside down amazes me at the resilience our students display.   A great deal of that resilience can be directly attributed to the loving and caring adults involved in their lives. This includes all of our fabulous parents!  

Our children soak up the inputs they hear and see even when we think they are not listening or watching, because in reality, they are.  Whether we are positive, optimistic, angry, frustrated, happy, sad, worried, enthusiastic, or anything else for that matter, our children absorb the feelings they observe in the adults they connect with regularly.  Through our conversations, our attitudes, our responses (including social media posts), and our overall personalities, our students are learning from all of us…..even when we think they’re not paying attention.

So I say again, thank you!  Thank you to everyone for the role(s) that they play in shaping the future of our most treasured resource - our children!  It really does take a village!   

Be Well,


April Break Survey:    We’re now creeping up on 3,000 responses for the survey that was shared on Friday.   As of the posting of this update we have had responses from:









Please continue to 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 tomorrow, 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:  Thank you to all of the students that answered last week.  This week is somewhat similar in that you are sharing what it is that you like to do.  Please send me a list of the top 5 appropriate activities you like to do when you are unplugged.  Meaning, what do you like spending your time doing when you are not connected to a device, any device, including televisions.  Try to be as specific as you can be so that your creative ideas may be of help to others when they are not on their devices. The deadline for submission will be 5:00 PM Friday, April 10, 2020.  I’ll compile a list of activities and share that next week.  Submissions should be sent to me directly at rmalay@sau29.org.  

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 Service 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: Starting Monday April 13, 2020, Franklin and Keene High Schools will be offering pick up on Mondays and Wednesday ONLY.


Monday you will receive 2 days worth of meals. Wednesday you will receive 3 days worth of meals. Pick up hours will remain the same 7:30-11:30am. No pre ordering is required for pick up at Franklin and Keene High School.


The DOE recommends limiting the number of days for pick up, in addition, we have had very little participation on the other days of the week. In order to keep families and our staff safe with as little interaction as possible we will move to two days a week for meal pick up.


The order form for meal pick up in the towns is now open for meal pick up Monday April 13th and Wednesday April 15th. Orders MUST be submitted no later than Thursday at 5pm. Please use this meal order form link to place your order.


Menus and offerings will vary based on availability.

Technology: Help desk number, (603)352-0640 ext 3871. For help with the Home user and remote learning click here.  Reminder to employees that you should use your work email for work only and not for personal use. 

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 GroundsAll 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: