The transformation across the state has accelerated as you will be able to see in the updated Community Transmission slides. I’ve included some additional slides on the daily trends by age groups focusing on our student’s age groups of 0-9 year olds and 10-19 year olds. Interesting to note that on the day that Cheshire County shifted from the “green” to the “yellow” NH Public Health Officials briefed school partners from around the state. During the Nov 4 School Partner Call the state’s epidemiologist made it very clear that the decision metrics they developed and that we have included in our Comprehensive Opening Plan were only to serve as a guide for local districts and not an absolute. Officials on that call continued to state that the safety practices that we currently have in place are the best defense of preventing further community outbreaks.
However, these practices, if they are going to be more impactful, need to be more widely applied outside of our schools. It is important that our students and staff continue to practice these safety measures to minimize the risk of transmission happening in our buildings. I most certainly don’t have the authority to tell anyone how they should live their life, and I’m truly not intending to do that here. I apologize in advance if you feel that is what I’m saying. What I am absolutely trying to state is the same message that I sent in the spring in that we are all in this together. And by Doing Your Part we will all get through this together. It’s not about being “COVID Scared” and definitely about being “COVID Smart.” We want our students, our staff, our families, our loved ones, our communities to be “COVID Smart” so that they can stay safe and be well.
I want to draw your attention to an update below that was added today. The Keene Racial Justice and Community Safety Committee is hosting a public forum next week. The information on how to participate in that forum is included below for those that would like to join in the discussion. Over the coming days, I will be coordinating a small working group to develop a District Anti-Discrimination Plan that will be designed to prevent, assess the presence of, intervene in, and respond to incidents of discrimination. Please stay tuned for more information on this front as it becomes available.
Lastly, I want to re-emphasize the importance of reaching out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor(s), and principal(s) whenever you have any questions or concerns. They are ready and able to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please do not hesitate to engage with the wonderful members of our staff. Stay safe everyone!
COVID-19 Data: Providing all of the COVID-19 data that we have been tracking since the onset of the pandemic back in March, 2020.
- NH COVID-19 2020
- Cheshire County COVID-19 2020
- SAU29 Towns Cumulative COVID-19 Data 2020
- SAU29 Towns Current COVID-19 Positives 2020
City of Keene Racial Justice and Community Safety Commitee Public Forum: One of three public forums being hosted by the City of Keene Racial Justice and Community Safety Committee to gather public input that will guide the committee’s recommendations to the City Council. There will be three forums, one for each of the following topics:
1) Laws, Policy & Policing, 10/29/2020 6pm-8pm
2) Community Education & Schools, 11/17/2020 6pm-8pm
3) Social & Community, 12/02/2020 6pm-8pm.
Please click this URL to join: https://www.zoom.us/j/83182284764
Or join by phone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or 833 548 0276 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 831 8228 4764
Do Your Part: Here are the 7 short videos that were created from the Do Your Part Challenge that was issued to all stakeholders. A huge thank you to those that participated and we’re looking forward to the next challenge that is issued.
- DYP - Screening (Part 1)
- DYP - Screening (Part 2)
- DYP - Face Covering (Part 1)
- DYP - Face Covering (Part 2)
- DYP - Hand Hygiene
- DYP - Big 4 (Part 1)
- DYP - Big 4 (Part 2)
E-Flyer Distribution Program: As a reminder, there are many flyers that our schools are asked to send home throughout the school year. We also post these flyers on our website and it can be found by going to this E-Flyer Distribution Program embedded link.
Mental Health & Cultural Awareness: Below are some resources that may be helpful.
- https://www.parents.com/kids/education/back-to-school/12-fun-first-week-of-school-traditions/ Cool ideas….clever, fun and creative.
- https://discoveries.childrenshospital.org/preparing-kids-school-covid-19/ to help talk with your kids about returning to school.
- https://www.unicef.org/parenting/talking-to-your-kids-about-racism to help talk with your children, our students about racism. This article covers ages ranging under 5 years old, between 6-11years old, and 12+.
- https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/5-ways-stand-against-racism-and-injustice/37355 This article addresses acceptable ways to condemn racism.
- https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/how-white-people-can-talk-their-kids-about-racism/37361 This is a great way to start a conversation about racial issues with your kids. Racism thrives in silence.
- 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.
Reporting Abuse: If you see something, please say something. You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.
- Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention - We’re here for you 24/7. You don’t have to be in crisis to call. Call our hotline at: 603-352-3782 or 1-888-511-MCVP
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Meals: Please note: Due to the Thanksgiving recess, there will be no meal pick up on Wednesday November 25th. Monday’s meals will be included in the November 18th distribution and Tuesday will be added to the December 2 distribution. Every student in SAU 29 is eligible for FREE breakfast and lunch for each day of school through the USDA until 12/31/2020 or until funds are exhausted.
Hybrid students: All students attending school in person are eligible to receive their free breakfast and lunch at their school on the days they are attending in person. Families can sign up for three additional days’ worth of meals (6 meals) each week representing the school days that hybrid students are not in school and are learning remotely. If you would like your student to receive those meals for remote days the order form will need to be submitted by Thursday at 5:00pm each week. Those reserve orders must be picked up on the following Wednesday at the locations requested on the order form. Please see the link below to fill out the required order form.
Fully Remote Students: Fully remote families can sign up to get 5 days’ worth of meals (10 meals) each week representing the school days that fully remote students are learning remotely. The order form will need to be submitted by Thursday at 5:00pm each week. Orders must be picked up the following Wednesday at the selected location. Please see the link below.
Please note, meals are provided for students only. Please call Keene Food Services at 603-357-9011 with any questions. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
LINK FOR REMOTE MEALS ORDER FORM:
Special Education: Special Education continues to work very closely with building leaders to ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are met. As always, please reach out to your child’s special education teacher or building principal with questions. You can also contact the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email email@example.com if you have any questions. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Thank you!
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.
Technology: Teachers, we have installed some software for remote teaching. Currently we have Kami which integrates with Google classroom. Screencastify will let you record your computer screen to share with the class. You can also have your image in the corner of the screen as you record the lesson. EquatIO Easily add equations, formulas, graphs to G Suite for Education. It has a scientific calculator, and periodic table charts.
Parents, Please make sure you fill in the online registration for your students. It is important to have all the correct information in place.
Technology support during COVID19: Please see the update.
Power School update:
Power school online registration help can be found here.
Please remember to fill out the youtube permission form. For KHS and KMS
Help desk number: (603) 352-0640 ext 3871. For help with the Home user and remote learning click here.