Tuesday, 4/28/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

Honestly, I really had no idea what I was going to write about today until I actually sat down and started.  There are so many things that are of importance to people in our districts that at times it feels next to impossible to address them all.  However, when I thought more about it, I realized just how lucky we truly are.  I don’t mean to imply that we are lucky because our worlds have been turned upside down, I mean that we are lucky because collectively we have determined that we will get through this.  And you know what?  We will!

There will come a day when what we are experiencing right now will be included in history books for future generations to learn about.  They’ll probably be digital books by then and very difficult for those generations to comprehend just how difficult this time was for ALL of us.  Make no mistake about it, this time has a place on everyone’s difficulty meter and collectively we have risen to the occasion and demonstrated the resilience and perseverance that we all needed to slow this virus down!  Please keep those efforts up as it is indisputably making a difference!

Next week we will begin promoting and distributing resources for three films we are making available for a limited time.  They will be part of our efforts during Mental Health Awareness Month that will help generate broader understanding of the social, emotional and mental health pressures our students are faced with.  I hope that we collectively use up all of the limited number of viewings we have for these films.  Please be on the lookout next week in these daily updates for more information and details along these lines.

As we get closer and closer to the final 30 days of the school year, I want to continue to encourage everyone to reach out to their child(ren)’s teachers, counselors and principals with any concerns that you may be trying to address.  We want everyone to finish this school year as strongly as possible and that line of communication is incredibly important.  I also want you to at least consider sending a quick note to those that have positively impacted your child(ren) during this time.  Collectively, we have all worked very hard to get to where we are right now and those messages help us all to continue down those paths.

Lastly, it is my hope that you give both your child(ren) and yourself a pat on the back as well.  This is why I truly believe that we are lucky.  We are all in this together and we are making a difference.  Feel free to go outside at any point in time, take a deep breath and scream at the top of your lungs - WE GOT THIS! (Tension breaker, had to be done - cross reference to a 4 Non Blondes song and The Breakfast Club)

Be Well,


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.

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

Student Challenge:  I have found that music is great therapy and songs help me process the full gamut of emotions.  I have also found that songs take on different meanings for me personally depending on what is happening in my life at any given point in time.

My challenge to you is to submit the top 3 songs that have given you inner strength at any point in your life and perhaps during this COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.  Please make sure the song has appropriate lyrics (language) so that we can share a playlist with everyone to help others draw strength when they need it most.

Responses can be submitted by going to this embedded Google Form Link: Songlist before 5:00PM, Friday, May 1, 2020.  

Special EducationThe 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 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 protected].  Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00.  Thank you!

Meals: The order form for meal pick up in the town districts is now open for Monday May 4th and Wednesday May 6th. Orders MUST be submitted no later than this Thursday, April 30th by 5pm.   Please use this meal order form link to place your order.


Meal pick up for Keene is behind Franklin School and Keene High School On Mondays and Wednesday from 7:30-11:30am.  Preordering is not required. Mondays you will receive 2 days' worth of meals. Wednesdays you will receive 3  days' worth of meals. Menus and offerings will vary based on availability

TechnologyHelp desk number (603) 352-0640 ext 3871. For help with the Home user and remote learning click here

Thank you Keene High parents we are almost there.

KEENE HIGH Parents: Please take the time to fill out this permission slip to allow us to add Youtube to the list of tools for the teachers. Thank You. Click here

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Keene Middle school parents:

Please take the time to fill out this permission slip to allow us to add Youtube to the list of tools for the teachers. Thank You.  Click here for KMS 

We now 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. 

Mental HealthAs 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 [email protected].  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 AbuseIf you see something, please say something.  You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  

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.

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 [email protected]

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: