Tuesday, 5/26/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

May 26

First and foremost, I truly hope that everyone was able to enjoy the weekend. I personally used the extra day this weekend to recharge the engines for that final push to the end of the school year as it will be upon us quickly.  

I did send an email out on Sunday with information on the School Transition Reopening and Redesign Taskforce (“STRRT”) survey that was launched over the weekend. There have been reported glitches by some that have attempted to take the survey which I have shared with the NH Department of Education so that they are aware and can address them as they continue to collect input from around the state. If you would like to make certain that your input is included, please go to https://www.education.nh.gov/survey2020 to participate in the survey. It will take about twenty (20) minutes to complete and will remain open until Friday, May 29th at 8:00PM.

All of our schools are putting the final touches on the end-of-year celebrations for the schools of SAU 29. Those details will be coming out to families by the school principals in the very near future. As many of you know, the graduation and other end-of-year event plans at Keene High School were sent out to students, families and staff on Friday. I want to thank the many people that took the time to voice their appreciation of the consideration that was given to those events.  I also want to recognize that we all knew there would be people that would not like the decisions that were made. It was going to happen regardless of what the event(s) looked like. My only hope is that we can all put our personal preferences aside and let this be a time for celebrating the Class of 2020. Let’s rally behind them and make these efforts the best that they can be for our seniors.

This Thursday, May 28th, at 6pm, we will be having the one-time viewing of our final feature film “The Upstanders.” The film focuses on cyberbullying and what bystanders can do to be upstanders in those situations. Listen in to some familiar faces as they discuss the value of the film for your viewing consideration. We will also be hosting a live panel discussion immediately following the film at 7pm. This will be an excellent opportunity to get responses to questions that may arise while watching the film from many of our school and community experts.  

As a follow up to both films, “Like” and “Angst”, some of our dedicated staff have created a pre-recorded panel discussion on many of the most asked questions in relation to those films.  This panel discussion will be available for you to watch at your convenience and is linked both here and in the update below.

The final challenge is included below for folks to decide if and how they would like to participate.  This has been an unprecedented time for all of us and it absolutely required the involvement of many to make it happen. We will be accepting submissions to this challenge until 5:00PM on Friday, June 5th so that we can put together a final presentation for the closure of the school year.  Please see the details below on how to participate in this final challenge.

Schools will be working on a schedule for returning school materials and equipment that will be mindful of guidance on safety and distancing for those processes. As soon as the plans are finalized, they will be shared on a school-by-school basis. Please be on the lookout for those plans, and please, please, please check in with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and counselor before the school year comes to a close.  (Important to note that all buildings in SAU 29 will be completely closed on June 18 and 19.  This is to give the staff that have been cranking it non-stop since March 16th a much needed and deserved break for just a couple of days.)  By the time this update is released, all schools in SAU 29 will have fifteen (15) or fewer days remaining in the school year and collectively, 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 MonthLast week we launched access to our second feature film for Mental Health Awareness Month. Below you will find the link and login information in order to access the Angst online program. I am also including the link and login information for the film Like once again for anyone that may not have had the opportunity to watch it last week. Both of these films will remain available until we have reached our limit for viewings.  

Link to View Angst

Link to View Like

The specific details to login to either film is the same and provided below.

Login: sau29@indieflix.com

Password: sau29

The remaining schedule for the films will be as follows:

Ongoing:  Like a film about the impacts of social media.

Ongoing:  Angst a film about anxiety in our youth.

May 28 at 6PM:  The Upstanders a film about Cyber-bullying with a live panel discussion immediately following the film at 7PM.

As a follow up to both films, “Like” and “Angst” some of our dedicated staff have created a pre-recorded panel discussion on many of the most asked questions in relation to those films.  This panel discussion will be available for you to watch at your convenience and is linked both here and in the update below.

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 rmatte@sau29.org.  


  • 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

Weekly Challenge:  This two-week challenge is to create a BRIEF thank you video lasting about 5-10 seconds long and is open to students, parents/guardians and all staff members.  We want to recognize and acknowledge that this has been a difficult time for many of us and being able to complete our school year took a great deal of effort on many people’s behalf.

There are multiple videos that can be created and submitted and you are not limited to any one specifically, meaning you can submit multiple videos if you would like. Here are some suggested categories of videos:

  • From Students:  a video to your parents to say thank you for all that your parents did to support you throughout remote learning.
  • From Students:  a video to your teacher(s) and/or other school staff to say thank you for their efforts in supporting you throughout remote learning.
  • From Parents/Guardians:  a video to your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and/or other school staff thanking them for their efforts throughout remote learning. 
  • From Parents/Guardians:  to your child(ren) thanking them for their efforts throughout remote learning.
  • From Staff:  to your students and/or parents/families thanking them for their efforts throughout remote learning.
  • From Staff:  to your colleagues thanking them for their support and effort throughout remote learning.

In order for this to work to the extent we are hoping, we will need permission from parents/guardians to use the videos in the larger production we have planned. This will be easier to attain if permissions accompany submissions so that follow ups are minimized. It could be either a video permission or if the video is emailed from a parent/guardian’s email, written in the body of the email. To safeguard this process, I am emailing students to check with their parents/guardians prior to participation.

Please submit your videos to saupublicinfo@sau29.org with a Cc to rmalay@sau29.org before 5:00PM on Friday, June 5, 2020.  It is our intent to release the compilation of videos prior to the last day of school for all to enjoy.

Special Education: The Student Services Office expects a decision by the start of next week on whether Extended School year Services for IDEA eligible students will be an extension of remote learning or be held in-person.   We appreciate everyone's flexibility and patience as we weigh all options before making this important decision.  Please stay tuned to this daily message to learn about the latest information about ESY.   

The 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 rmatte@sau29.org. 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 Monday, June 1st and Wednesday, June 3rd. Orders must be submitted no later than this Thursday, May 28th at 5pm.   Please use this meal order form link to place your order.

If you pre ordered meals in the towns for this week, you will pick up your meals tomorrow at noon from the school you selected. This week's meals in Keene are available for pick up behind Franklin Elementary and Keene High School on Wednesday from 7:30-11:30am. No preordering is required for pick up at the Keene locations. At every location, tomorrow you will receive 5 days’ worth of meals.

Menus and offerings will vary based on availability

Technology: Collecting Chromebooks. We will be aligning the collection of the Chromebooks with the returns of other resources from your schools. We are asking that you bring the Chromebooks back to the school you picked them up from. Please remember to bring the Power supply with the Chromebook. Look for more information from your school and in this update.

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

Phishing attempts:  We have had another phishing attempt. We have blocked the person that is attempting to scam us. Please read this document for more information.

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.

June 18-19:  All buildings in SAU 29 are closed.

June 26:  Rescheduled floating holiday from April 24.

School GroundsAll school playgrounds, fields, and other outdoor facilities are closed until further notice.  

Social Distancing:  Please refer to Governor Sununu’s Emergency Orders for additional guidance on this as well as other areas of interest.

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 rmatte@sau29.org

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: