Wednesday, 5/13/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

Last night we had our first live broadcast of a board meeting for the public to be able to access from the comfort of their home in real time. By all accounts it was a successful first run of this newly implemented format. Please be on the lookout for information on how to be able to watch live meetings in your district as they are scheduled and agendas are posted.  

Yesterday I shared the School Transition Reopening and Redesign Taskforce document from the NH Department of Education. There was a great deal of discussion about the make-up of the taskforce during a conference call with school leaders from around the state earlier today.  A few moments ago, I received an email appointing me to the taskforce. What that means exactly at this point is not clear, but I will be certain to represent our districts throughout this process.  

The survey to the senior class at KHS closes today. Earlier I met with the officers and advisors as well as the Principal to discuss the preliminary results of the survey. We are committed to the May 22nd target of having a plan in place to celebrate the Class of 2020. As a reminder, the lights on the athletic fields will be turned on tonight at 8:00pm as a tribute to our graduating class. We ask those heading over to the fields to follow the guidelines that were shared by the high school. I also want to take a brief minute to clarify a misconception that was brought to my attention regarding another activity that was scheduled to take place this evening by some supportive members of the community.I have received some communications from stakeholders asking why I canceled that activity. To be certain, at no point in time did any administrator from the high school or from the central office intervene and cancel that event. In earnest, we have been working closely with the aforementioned group to find solutions to celebrate and honor our students.

With regard to our summer programming, we are still anticipating that guidance from our Governor. We recognize that there will be a spectrum of appetites on what parents and staff are comfortable with concerning our summer programs. To finalize a plan without that guidance may unintentionally hinder participation and thus we are holding off with those final plans at this point in time. It is my intention to release that information as soon as possible after that guidance is made available.

There’s still time for people to access the film “Like” to better understand the impacts of social media on our students.Next week we will be launching a new film for folks to access. Please see the details below that will enable you to watch the film in the comfort of your home.

I was a little torn about sharing this quote with you today because of my deep rooted love for the Boston Red Sox, but I think the words of George Herman Ruth (a.k.a. - Babe Ruth) are fitting as we continue forward to the end of the school year.  In a 1940 magazine article in “The Rotarian” Ruth was cited to have said, “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.”  While that was a reference to Henry Ford in building a car, it certainly applies to each of us today!  Never give up, because 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.

Mental Health and Mental Health Awareness MonthMonday we began our feature films for Mental Health Awareness Month.  Below you will find the link and login information in order to access the LIKE online program.

Link to View "Like"

Login: [email protected]

Password: sau29

The remaining 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

Student Challenge:  This may take a little longer than it looks at first, but here’s this week’s challenge for those that wish to participate.

Please list your favorite(s) to the following, and why:

  1. Non-Fiction Book
  2. Fiction Book
  3. Play
  4. Poem
  5. Quote

You can answer all or part of the challenge as you may not have a favorite for each of the categories. Simply send your response to me directly by email at [email protected], or through a Google Doc.  This challenge will remain open until this Friday, May 15th at 5pm.  

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 towns is now open for next week, Monday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 20th. Orders must be submitted no later than this Thursday, May 14th at 5pm.  Ordered meals will be available at noon on Monday and Wednesday at the school you selected. 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

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: