Wednesday, 5/6/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


My apologies for the delay in getting this out today as I had an overfilled schedule for today and haven’t been able to get to this until after our 3 pm target time.


We finally received the end of year events/activities guidance late yesterday!  Today, I met with the Class of 2020 officers, advisors as well as the KHS Principal to construct a survey that will be sent out to all graduating seniors.  Our intent is to get that survey out prior to the weekend arriving so that we can get a true feel of what it is that our students would like to happen as we recognize and celebrate them.  Please stay tuned as we finalize the survey and collect the results.


Starting tonight, and running every Wednesday night until the end of the school year, we will be turning on the lights at our athletic facilities from 8:00 - 8:20 pm as a tribute to our graduating class.  As many of you know, our winter sports season was cut short with teams still competing for the state championship and our spring sports season was canceled altogether.  This has been a difficult reality for all of our students, but even more so for our seniors that understandably had the rug of their final season of high school competition pulled out from under them.  We ask that anyone that drives by the high school to continue practicing social distancing by staying in their cars and not parking as we pay tribute to these deserving students.


If you haven’t reached out to your child(ren)’s teacher yet for National Teacher Appreciation Week, it’s not too late.  You have the rest of the week to do so, and quite honestly, as long as you would really like for that matter.  All of our staff has continued to work incredibly hard to make remote learning as conducive as possible.  Please take a brief moment to share your appreciation with those that have done just that.


We’re also actively collecting community feedback on the KHS Principal candidate until 8:00 AM tomorrow morning.  Please take a moment to watch the video and submit the feedback form as indicated below in the update.  Your input is valued and greatly appreciated.


Lastly, we're finalizing the information that will be coming out with regard to the films that we will be releasing next week.  Please be on the lookout in tomorrow and Friday’s updates for more details on how to access the films for viewing.  So that you are aware, we are also preparing materials that may be useful when you are watching the films, but for now, I’m including the following embedded links so that you can access the websites for each film and view the trailers to get a better understanding of what can be expected. Angst speaks to the anxieties kids are faced with. Like speaks to the impacts of social media. The Upstanders focuses on Cyber-bullying.  


Okay, last lastly I promise. Our number of positive COVID-19 cases in Cheshire County have stayed relatively stable over the last week in large part to the safe practices we are all enduring.  That means it’s working, so keep doing the great job and we’ll all get through this together.  WE GOT THIS!!!


Be Well,



Keene High School Principal SearchAs reported, the KHS principal candidate presented to the high school faculty and district administrators on Monday.  She shared her experiences as an educator, discussed her beliefs around teaching and learning, provided her perspective on building a strong culture and school community, and highlighted the enjoyment she receives when working with students.  After her presentation, the candidate answered questions from the staff.  Time did not allow for her to answer every question, but she answered a broad array of questions related to education and KHS.  To view the full presentation please go to the embedded KHS Principal Candidate link.  


The search committee welcomes your feedback on the candidate. Your feedback is an important piece of the process that will guide us in making the best decision for KHS. Please use this Principal Candidate Community Feedback Form to ensure your input is included.


The video and feedback form will be closed at 8:00AM, tomorrow, May 7th.


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

National Teacher Appreciation Week ChallengeThis is an open challenge to students and parents and quite honestly, the entire community.  As May 4-8 is National Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to challenge everyone to reach out to the teachers that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to continue to provide the best possible education for all of our students to let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.  Although it is National Teacher Appreciation, I would also challenge you to reach out to others in our school systems that have also been working hard to make things work the best that we all can.  This is not to diminish the roles that our outstanding teachers have been able to navigate given the uncertainties we are faced with, but a recognition of the efforts that everyone has put in during this truly unusual time.


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 11th and Wednesday May 13th. Orders must be submitted no later than this Thursday, May 7th at 5pm.  Ordered meals will be available  at noon on Monday and Wednesday at the school you selected. The order form for meals on Monday May 11th and Wednesday May 13th will open on Monday May 4th. 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 Wednesdays 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


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 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].  



  • The 5 Signs to help you identify and support  others may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time, or at any time.
  • A Mom's Retreat - A podcast on managing anxiety.

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.


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: