Thursday, 5/7/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

After tomorrow, we’ll only be two weeks away from our first school day off since we started remote learning. Then it’s just 14 - 16 days left (depending on the district) until the 2019-2020 school year is completed.  What everyone has done up to this point is undeniably amazing.  The efforts from our students, our staff and our families is something we can all truly be proud about.  Our communities are much stronger because of everyone’s effort and so I say with a piece of dust in my eye and overwhelming pride, THANK YOU!!!  If you haven’t already done so, please think about how you can celebrate each of your individual efforts, you absolutely deserve it!

Today, I added a component to the update below. It’s not really a new item, but more of an expanded item. This is where we will update the information in coordination with Mental Health Awareness Month. Please make sure you are checking that section out daily so that you are able to participate in the viewing of the films that we will begin launching next week. Space will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  Additionally, it is vitally important that households only use one of the available viewing slots so that more of our families and staff can access them as well.  Thank you in advance for your kind consideration on that point.

As mentioned in yesterday’s update, the lights on the athletic fields were turned on last night from 8:00-8:20 as a tribute to the graduating Class of 2020. There was a good turnout of students and as we all would expect, they did a great job following the established guidance and expectations during that time. Great job students!

The survey for the senior class was also nearing completion earlier today.  As soon as it is ready, Mr. Logan will be sending it to the graduating seniors in order to collect their input.  I want to stress two things with regard to the senior survey that I feel are very important to understand.  First, regardless of the outcome of the survey and whatever decisions result from that, there will be people that will not agree with the decisions as they felt it should have been something else.  And two, while there are other adults that may want to weigh in on this, it is really about the students and what they want, so we should allow them that opportunity to lead this conversation.  In the end, this will be a decision that is in the best interest of our students and will have involved our students.  I’m not sure that there is a better way to pay tribute to the class that had their last hurrah significantly disrupted.

Shifting gears a little, there have been some questions about what school will look like when we open the new school year this fall and like other pending conversations, we don’t have all of the information at this point.  It is expected that the Governor will be issuing guidance for summer programming that will include summer school, extended school year and summer camps by “mid-May”.  I have not been informed of an exact date at this point, but like all other topics that come up, I will be sure to share that information as well when it becomes official.  I do know that there will be a statewide task force that will be charged with developing guidance for schools and districts regarding reopening schools, but that will certainly not come out before the summer guidance expected in the coming week(s).  Do know that we have not finalized any type of plan for next school year at this point, but many folks are already starting to think about what it may look like.  I anticipate that when we get to that point, it will be a much broader discussion involving a wide variety of input.  

So, with that, I’ll leave you with an appropriate quote from author Vivian Greene who once explained, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain."


Be Well,


Keene High School Principal SearchThe video and feedback form are now closed and the Search Committee will be meeting to review all of the input as well as the reference checks that were conducted. Thank you to everyone who participated in this process, your input truly is valued.  

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 and Mental Health Awareness MonthTomorrow, we are expecting the dashboard for our first film to be released to us so that we are able to provide that for those who would like to view the film.  Our schedule for the films will be as follows:

May 11-15:  Like a film about the impacts of social media.

May 18-22:  Angst a film about anxiety in our youth.

May 25-29:  The Upstanders a film about Cyber-bullying.

A friendly reminder that we have limited viewings for each film, so it is really important that households only access one of the viewings.  This will allow more of our families and our staff to be able to watch the films as well.

As 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 who may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time, or at any time.
  • A Mom's Retreat - A podcast on managing anxiety.

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 meetings (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 opened 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. 

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: