Thursday, 5/28/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

Tonight will be the viewing of the film “The Upstanders.” As noted in previous updates, we are asking those that wish to view this film to do so at 6:00PM this evening as we will also have a live panel discussion of the video immediately following at 7:00PM. The specific details for accessing the film and then the panel discussion are provided below in the update. The access to the first two films will remain open until our time allotment or our total number of viewings have run out. I know that we are getting closer to our total viewings, so if you were intending to watch either of those films, I would strongly recommend that you try to do so sooner than later.

Our SAU 29 reopening/returning to school efforts took off earlier today with initial discussions on how we will be able to collect feedback and input from the broader community with all considerations.It is absolutely our intent to collect that feedback and input from our communities so that we can make informed plans on what it may look like next school year. While I have received a number of offers for participation, I say thank you, but also want everyone to know that we can’t move this effort forward efficiently with large volumes of people doing the foundational work.  Please trust that we will be seeking everyone’s input.  

I recognize that some may be thinking that you have already responded to the STRRT survey that was put out by the NH Department of Education. While that survey is important and it included a probe to indicate what district you were from, I am only hopeful, at best, that the feedback will be sent to individual districts with the responses collected from those districts only.  This is a main reason why we are working on a structure to get our communities’ input as what is happening in Rockingham or Hillsborough Counties is very different from what is taking place in our towns.

It is also vital to know that we are proceeding with a great deal of uncertainty that will require multiple pathways forward as the current pandemic continues to evolve and run its course. This means that we are preparing for a wide range of possibilities that are bookmarked with being fully remote on one end to being fully on site on the other end and everything in between. As I’m sure you can imagine, that will require a great deal of effort and consideration to plan and prepare for, but our staff is up to the task and I am truly confident that we will have a workable framework for all possibilities that will include our broader community input.    

Shifting gears a little, I have seen a couple of submissions come in for the final challenge of the school year. As a friendly reminder, this challenge will remain open until Friday, June 5th for anyone that wishes to participate. Students, parents and guardians, staff, and board members are all encouraged to join in this final task before we head into the summer. Please see the details below for your consideration.

Here’s my daily plug to encourage everyone to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and counselor to check in as the week comes to a close tomorrow. I’ve struggled immensely with trying to tee up this Five Minute Video clip and decided that it would be best for everyone to draw their own personal meaning from it.  I hope you enjoy it and that you have come to realize that undeniably 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 MonthTonight we are hosting the viewing of our third feature film “The Upstanders” at 6:00PM.  The film discusses cyber bullying and related behaviors that impact our youth. Immediately following the film, there will be a live panel discussion where participants can follow up with our fabulous staff with additional questions and concerns. To access the film for the 6pm viewing please use these directions:

Link to The Upstanders

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


Password: sau29

To join the live panel discussion, there are two options for you to choose from. You can join remotely over the internet or you can call in on your phone. If you are joining from the internet you will need to do so using Chrome as your internet browser platform. If you don’t have Chrome, you can consider downloading it ahead of time so you can use it, or simply use the phone as your method for participating. Here is the access information for the live panel discussion:

Internet (please use Chrome as your platform) · 

Meeting ID

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 216-755-4783‬

PIN: ‪285 097 670#

Last 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.


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.

Thursday, 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  


  • 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 with a Cc to 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 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 open for Monday, June 1st and Wednesday, June 3rd. Orders must be submitted no later than today, Thursday, May 28th at 5pm. Please use this meal order form link to place your order. 

No preordering is required for pick up at the Keene locations. At every location, you will receive 3 days’ worth of meals on Monday and 4 days’ of meals on Wednesday.

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

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: