Tuesday, 6/9/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


I’ve promoted a great deal of work that our high schoolers have been cranking out in the update and so I’m excited to share with you a number that our elementary band students were able to put together in our virtual reality. A great deal of effort went into pulling this together and I’m sure you will all agree that this is a good indication of the great things to be coming to our schools as these talented students matriculate through our buildings! To listen in to the We are KEB performance of our younger musicians, please use the link that was embedded for convenience.  Congratulations to all of the students that played a role in this number and to their fabulous instructor for pulling it all together!  Job well done!


Last night the Keene High School top ten students, Outstanding Educator and yearbook dedication were announced during their virtual Salmagundi Ceremony that was also streamed through our KSD Facebook and SAU 29 Facebook pages. In case you missed it, you can visit either page and access the videos from last night. We’re anticipating the publication of the Keene High School top ten students to go out in one of tomorrow’s print media, but I’m releasing it here today so that you can have a sneak preview of what is coming your way tomorrow. Please visit the KHS Top Ten link provided here for ease of use. Congratulations to the students on their achievement as well as to Tracey Truncale this year’s Outstanding Educator and to Linda Proulx, our KHS yearbook dedication recipient! The fun continues tonight with the Baccalaureate Ceremony at 6:00PM also being streamed through the Facebook sites.


I know that our schools have been planning the safe collection of school materials and equipment that will need to be returned in order to ensure our inventories are all accounted for.  If you have not learned about how that process will work for your specific school(s), I would encourage you to reach out to the school directly to learn how that process will be facilitated.


While it is anticipated that the Governor will be addressing the stay-at-home order before the start of next week, we will wait to see  how that is handled with regard to our outdoor facilities.  As it stands now, we have continued to keep our facilities closed and have posted signage stating as such...although there are some folks that feel that by taking down the signage it  somehow makes it okay to ignore all of the safety precautions that we have implemented not only as a school system, but as a larger community as well. Please stay tuned for any updates regarding our outdoor facilities in this update.


Only a few days left to check in with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and counselors. Please don’t let this opportunity pass by before the books are closed for the summer. 

I have been absolutely floored by all of the messages of support that have come in from families, staff and yes, even from our students.  To oversimplify it immensely, it has been a very difficult time to navigate...for ALL of us. Your messages of support have been a great source of fuel that keeps my engine charged and running at all times and I am truly humbled and grateful.  Thank you. If we all take a moment to send a message to someone that has been a positive influence throughout the challenges that we have been faced with recently, it would be a great way to start wrapping up this school year. And because I would never ask anyone to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself, I’ll start.


To ALL of the Staff in our SAU 29 Districts and Central Office:  Thank you for all of the countless hours you have put into providing for our students during the most turbulent time any of us have experienced. You have answered the call every step of the way, oftentimes going above and beyond to ensure our students were being looked after. You are all the reason many of my Tweets include the hashtag (#) - BestStaffEver.


To ALL of the families of our SAU 29 Districts:  Thank you for supporting our staff and helping to bridge the obvious gap that remote learning has exposed for all of our students. Your dedication and commitment to your child(ren)’s education is incredibly refreshing. When I hear colleagues from other places state that families don’t engage with the school or with the education of their children, I will invite them to come and meet our incredibly supportive families we have here! You are the rocks that have steadied the instability of the current times.


To ALL 4,215 students of SAU 29 Districts: You have been asked to endure what will hopefully be the most difficult time in your lives...and you have shown that you can. You have shown that when you put your mind to it, there is nothing that can stop you. There exists nothing more powerful than the resilience and perseverance you have repeatedly displayed and because of that, you are destined for great things ahead. Thank you for bringing your best and sticking through it during this difficult time.


And to my family that has been at home throughout all of this, I have three words for you, but for now I’ll just say thank you.


I hope that you are all able to enjoy this Video Compilation from the final challenge of the year!


Be Well Everyone, 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 AwarenesAs 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



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 now open for Monday, June 15th, the final meal pick up day for the town schools for this school year. Orders must be submitted no later than Thursday, June 11th at 5pm.   Please use this meal order form link to place your order.


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:

KMS- Drop off of the Chromebooks 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: