I hope that everyone was able to enjoy their weekend as much as possible. Although a little breezy at times, the weather cooperated for much of the time, so I do hope you were able to spend some time outdoors engaging in some fun activities or just relaxing in the fresh air.
After careful consideration of all of the input that was shared with me, including the survey results and comments, the current Stay at Home Order, contractual obligations with our labor unions as well as District Policies, I have made the decision to continue remote learning through the previously scheduled April Break. Next week, April 20 - 24, will be used for remote learning and counted as instructional days for our school calendar. Information on the adjusted school calendars is included below in the daily updates.
While I recognize that some people will not be happy with this decision, it was a decision that I felt was in the best interest of the majority of our stakeholders inclusive of students, parents and staff. I do appreciate everyone’s input throughout this decision and trust that if it did not turn out the way you may have hoped, that you do understand. We still have a lot of important items to address as we continue to navigate forward with the best information that we have at any given point in time.
An activities list has been compiled from last week’s student challenge and is included at the end of this update. Thank you to all that participated! Hopefully, others will be able to see what you’ve been doing and find some things to engage in when they have some spare time. I would also encourage folks to check in on the SAU 29 Learns Remotely for additional ideas that many have shared through that platform as well.
Finally, as I referenced on Friday, I am once again soliciting your feedback. I apologize if you’re feeling surveyed out, but it is extremely helpful to know what is and what is not the feeling(s) of our stakeholders. Please see below in the update a brief five (5) item survey regarding the communication framework we have been operating on for the last four weeks and share your perspective as we continue to move forward.
Have a great week everybody!
School Calendars: The adjusted school calendars have been posted to the SAU 29 website for your review. It took into account all of the make-up days for storm related closures, the March workshop day that was used for remote learning in some districts and the use of April Break for remote learning. You can use this link to review your district’s calendar: SAU 29 School District Calendars
Remote Learning: If you are experiencing any difficulties 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.
Communications Survey: In order to best meet the needs of the majority of our stakeholders, we have created this brief survey for your consideration. Please take a couple of moments to share your perspective so that we can best serve you. Simply click on the embedded link SAU 29 Communications Survey. The survey will only be open for a couple of days and will be closed at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Thank you once again for providing your input! It really does help.
Student Challenge: Thank you to all of the students for their responses to last week’s challenge on what activities they enjoy the most when unplugged. You will find them at the end of this message. I thought of this week’s challenge over the weekend while I was cooking for my family. I really enjoy both cooking and eating!
For this week, I’m issuing a call to all students to send me their favorite thing to either make or to eat. If you can, include a recipe to share and a photo of the dish you created. Submissions could be a breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, appetizer, soup, or whatever you’d like to submit. It may take a little longer, but what I’d like to do when this week is over is create a cookbook of sorts for all to use as they see fit. I may be biting off more than I can chew with this one, but like I said, I like to eat!
Submissions should be sent to me directly at email@example.com by 5:00 pm Friday, April 24, 2020.
Mental Health: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a resource guide The 5 Signs to help you identify and support others may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time. Thank you!
Reporting Abuse: If you see something, please say something. You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.
Special Education: The special education and related services staff continue to provide specialized instruction and related therapies from a distance. In addition, the paraprofessionals, across all seven school districts, continue their important work of assisting and supporting online instruction. Tutors continue to engage in highly applicable professional development, led by Assistant Superintendents Dorothy Frazier and Brian Campbell. Lastly, the special education department is moving forward with the daily business of Individualized Education Plan Meetings (IEP), transition meetings and Extended School Year Services meeting (ESY) for those students that qualify. As always, please reach out to the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email email@example.com. 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 now open for meal pick up Monday April 20th and Wednesday April 22nd. Orders MUST be submitted no later than Thursday, April 16th at 5pm. Please use this meal order form link to place your order.
Meal pick up for Keene is behind Franklin and Keene High School On Mondays and Wednesday from 7:30-11:30am. No preorder is required
Monday you will receive 2 days worth of meals. Wednesday you will receive 3 days worth of meals.
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.
A tip from Nancy Rafferty at KMS. Control Alt Achieve is a great site and resource for help with Classroom and many other online lessons.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC
- Home | COVID-19
- City of Keene, NH
- The Department of Education | Department of Education
- NH Learns Remotely - Online Learning Events
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