Thursday, 4/30/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

I met with the senior class officers earlier today and I have to tell you they are such a well grounded group of young adults.  The culminating year of their schooling has been epically disrupted at a time when they should be focused on finals and proms and graduation and celebrations.  As tragic and heart wrenching as that sounds these students continue to stay even keeled, practical, open minded and above all optimistic.  I am beyond impressed with how well these five students present themselves and completely over the moon knowing that they are a  representation of an entire cohort of outstanding young individuals.  

We talked at length about a number of things that will be impacted to some level, or another, during what can arguably be considered the best year of their lives at this point.  We talked about big ticket events such as graduation and some smaller demonstrations of support for our seniors.  We talked about the guidance that is expected from the state addressing graduations and end of year events and how having that guidance before making any final decisions would be most appropriate.  **Note - that guidance still has not been put out.**  In the end, the primary conclusion that we landed on was formally collecting input from the entire Class of 2020.  So, that is exactly what we will do early next week.  After all, it really is and should be about them.

I want everyone to know that while I have talked almost exclusively about our graduating seniors, that we are also being mindful of all of our grade levels as well.  We’re beginning the conversations about not only what it will look like through the end of this school year, but also what it may look like at the start of next school year as well as everything in between.  I won’t pretend to have the answers at this point in time, but I wanted you to know that we are giving it our attention.  A lot of that will depend on guidance and recommendations that we don’t have at this point and that is too unpredictable to imagine what it may look like.  

Today we say goodbye to April and welcome May when we wake in the morning.  It seems a bit surreal to know after tomorrow our schools will have been closed for a full seven (7) weeks.  What’s nice about that is that we are roughly six weeks from the end of the school year, meaning we’ve passed the halfway point!  Great job to everyone, and because of that, I’ll leave you with this embedded SONG LINK for your listening pleasure.  Enjoy and remember -  WE GOT THIS!

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, tomorrow, 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 open for Monday May 4th and Wednesday May 6th. Orders must be submitted no later than today, 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

Technology Help 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: