Friday, 6/12/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

Happy Friday and Happy Last Day of School for the six schools that finish today! We resumed our end-of-year celebrations this morning with a wonderful ceremony at the Nelson School. It was really nice to see the involvement of many people in the community to help acknowledge the students that will be moving on to a new school when they begin 6th grade. In fairness to the other events that are taking place today/this evening, it won’t be in time for me to include in today’s update but I am absolutely positive that each of the events will have true meaning for the students, the families and of course, the staff of those schools as well. Keene Middle School is up next and with the number of students that are completing 8th grade, it will more than likely be going on before the release of the update. Wells Memorial School in Harrisville will be up after that followed by both Franklin Elementary and Westmoreland School to end the day of recognition. We’ll resume bright and early tomorrow with the Commencement Ceremony of the Keene High School Class of 2020. Like the other end-of-year events at KHS, this ceremony will also be livestreamed on the social media and website pages that I’ve shared throughout this week.

I’m keeping this chart in the main body of the update for now and will modify it as we move forward.   

Last Day for Students

Friday, June 12

Franklin Elementary, Fuller Elementary, Jonathan Daniels Pre-School, Keene High School, Keene Middle School, Wheelock Elementary

Monday, June 15

Chesterfield School, John D. Perkins Academy of Marlow, Nelson School, Symonds Elementary, Westmoreland School

Tuesday, June 16

Marlborough School, Wells Memorial School of Harrisville

As many will be heading into the weekend having completed the 2019 - 2020 school year, I want to say again, what I have been saying all along, it was truly a team effort to get to this point. So many things had to fall into place while trying to figure it out on the run. The buy in and support from the communities we live in as a whole has been absolutely fascinating to say the least. It really does “take a village”.

And when we have completed the 2019 - 2020 school year, there will unquestionably be a great deal of reflection on the many things that have taken place during the start of this all. There will be practices that we will want to replicate and carry forward and practices that we will want to identify ways to make stronger. I suspect that there may also be some practices that we want to have the courage to fully acknowledge that they need to be thrown into the recycle bin as well.

However, it is Friday and the forecast does look gorgeous for the next couple of days. So let’s enjoy some more time outside and take a deep breath and feel really good about what we were able to accomplish, if only for a minute. I would love to write more for you today, but I am off to support our students and staff at their ceremonies who have undeniably EARNED it!

Happy Friday Everyone and Be Well, WE GOT THIS!


School Year 2020-2021 Opening: In order to best prepare for the return to schools we need to consider all possibilities to most effectively provide for our students, staff and families. More specifically, we need to be prepared for models that could look like the following:

  1. Being fully onsite as we were prior to the pandemic.
  2. Some form of being onsite and being remote.
  3. Being fully remote as we have been since the start of the pandemic.

The primary objective is to have a flexible plan in place for the three models of returning to school for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

Our timeline to help us fulfill that objective looks like this:




Week of June 1st

Populate focus groups and begin building a survey item bank.


Week of June 8th

Finalize survey item bank and build survey for stakeholder input.

In Progress

Week of June 15th

Launch survey for stakeholder input to provide local data to help inform decisions.


Week of June 22nd

Synthesize survey data and begin building for the 3 models.


Week of June 29th

Prepare draft plan for opening of school year 2020 - 2021.


Week of July 6th

Share draft plan for stakeholder feedback and input.


Week of July 13th

Revise and finalize the draft plan (as needed).


Week of July 20th

Publicize final plan for the opening of the 2020 - 2021 school year.


Mental Health AwarenesAs 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.

Responsible Social Media Use:  As mentioned in the June 3rd update, the responsible use of social media can be an asset or a liability for individuals. It is critical that we teach (and reinforce) as well as model responsible use of social media with our children/students.  Here are some resources that may be of assistance:

20 Tips from Smart Social

Safe and Responsible Social Networking 

Social Media Etiquette

Social Media/Media Literacy Responsible Use

Social Media Responsibility 

Social Media Responsibility and Etiquette

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

Special Education: After careful thought, discussion and analysis, it has been decided that extended school year (ESY) instruction and related service therapies will be an extension of remote learning. We appreciate everyone's flexibility and patience as we weighed all options before making this important decision. 

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!

Last day for meal pick up:

Chesterfield, Marlow, Nelson, Westmoreland - June 15 (1 day)

Marlborough & Harrisville - June 15 (2 days)


KMS- Drop off of the Chromebooks will start on the 15th and 16th. Please contact the school for the assigned day. 

Please contact your school for more information on times and where you should drop off the devices. Make sure you have the power cord with the device.

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: