I hope that everyone enjoyed the weekend! While we have been doing it with an abundance of caution, knowing full well that we’re not out of the woods yet, it has been refreshing to see a small level of “normalcy” return for our students. Please don’t take that to mean that going to school with half of the onsite students present (while other students continue remotely), with everyone wearing a face covering, distancing, doing screeners and washing hands as being defined as “normal.” Let me try to explain.
The difference between being “distanced” and being “isolated” has been so profoundly captured by the (not so subtle) reminder of the sounds that are generated through the simplest and basic forms of human interactions. When a group of people are in the presence of one another, there is a buzz that is created that is probably more noticeable to an observer than it may be to a participant. This has been exponentially amplified after the long hiatus from having students in our buildings so I’ll repeat it once more...it has been refreshing to see a small level of “normalcy” return for our students. And in all fairness, for our AMAZING staff as well!
I want to stress that this is not a declaration that we are in the clear by any stretch of the imagination. It is simply an observation that I felt compelled to share with you as we head into October and knowing that there are many people who desire to get back to that full sense of normalcy, and one day, we will! So, just like all of the more publicly recognized workforce in our communities, I want to dedicate this Alicia Keys cover by the One Voice Children’s Choir to all of our students, our staff, our parents/guardians, our Boards and our entire school communities who are equally doing a Good Job as well.
I’ve removed several of the items from below that have been previously updated in the Comprehensive Opening Plan as they can be found in the linked document at any time. When there are any other updates to that plan, I will absolutely highlight them in this update to draw your attention to them.
I want to thank everyone that participated in the making of our Do Your Part public service announcements! What a great response from some very well-known faces in our buildings! As part of this effort, the links to the videos will be included below in the update for your viewing pleasure and we will continue to release them on our social media pages.
The last thing I wanted to touch base on is in regard to particular responses on the screening assessment folks are completing when onsite at our buildings. Before I do though, it has to be mentioned that many people are truly doing a FANTASTIC job of completing the screener! Thank you for those efforts!
There is a prompt that asks “Have you been exposed to someone experiencing symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?” We have defined Exposure/Close Contact to mean within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes. The 10 minutes is a cumulative total and not just at any one time. In other words, time and distance are the determining factors.
The other important screening assessment prompt is “Do you have any new, unexplained or worsening of the following symptoms? Check all that apply.” Unexplained means that the symptom is not a result of a medically documented pre-existing condition.
If there are any questions regarding this information, our staff stand ready to assist. The last thing that anyone wants is to inadvertently cause others to become unwell. Please continue to “Do Your Part” so that we can all stay safe and well!
COVID-19 Data: Here is a 7-day look at the data related to COVID-19 that we’ve been tracking since March. Source: NHDHHS COVID-19 Page
*Note: Keene total on 10/2/20 went up by 1 despite no new cases being reported for Cheshire County in the daily update from NHDHHS.
*Note: County total went up by 1 on 10/2/20 despite no new cases being reported for Cheshire County on that date.
Do Your Part: Here are the 7 short videos that were created from the Do Your Part Challenge that was issued to all stakeholders. A huge thank you to those that participated and we’re looking forward to the next challenge that is issued.
- DYP - Screening (Part 1)
- DYP - Screening (Part 2)
- DYP - Face Covering (Part 1)
- DYP - Face Covering (Part 2)
- DYP - Hand Hygiene
- DYP - Big 4 (Part 1)
- DYP - Big 4 (Part 2)
E-Flyer Distribution Program: As a reminder, there are many flyers that our schools are asked to send home throughout the school year. We also post these flyers on our website and it can be found by going to this E-Flyer Distribution Program embedded link.
Mental Health & Cultural Awareness: Below are some resources that may be helpful as we end our summer vacation.
- https://www.parents.com/kids/education/back-to-school/12-fun-first-week-of-school-traditions/ Cool ideas….clever, fun and creative.
- https://discoveries.childrenshospital.org/preparing-kids-school-covid-19/ to help talk with your kids about returning to school.
- https://www.unicef.org/parenting/talking-to-your-kids-about-racism to help talk with your children, our students about racism. This article covers ages ranging under 5 years old, between 6-11years old, and 12+.
- https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/5-ways-stand-against-racism-and-injustice/37355 This article addresses acceptable ways to condemn racism.
- https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/how-white-people-can-talk-their-kids-about-racism/37361 This is a great way to start a conversation about racial issues with your kids. Racism thrives in silence.
- 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.
Reporting Abuse: If you see something, please say something. You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.
- Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention - We’re here for you 24/7. You don’t have to be in crisis to call. Call our hotline at: 603-352-3782 or 1-888-511-MCVP
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Meals: Every student in SAU 29 is eligible for FREE breakfast and lunch for each day of school through the USDA until 12/31/2020 or until funds are exhausted.
Hybrid students: All students attending school in person are eligible to receive their free breakfast and lunch at their school on the days they are attending in person. Families can sign up for three additional days’ worth of meals (6 meals) each week representing the school days that hybrid students are not in school and are learning remotely. If you would like your student to receive those meals for remote days the order form will need to be submitted by Thursday at 5:00pm each week. Those reserve orders must be picked up on the following Wednesday at the locations requested on the order form. Please see the link below to fill out the required order form.
Fully Remote Students: Fully remote families can sign up to get 5 days’ worth of meals (10 meals) each week representing the school days that fully remote students are learning remotely. The order form will need to be submitted by Thursday at 5:00pm each week. Orders must be pickuped the following Wednesday at the selected. Please see the link below.
Please note, meals are provided for students only. Please call Keene Food Services at 603-357-9011 with any questions. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
LINK FOR REMOTE MEALS ORDER FORM:
Special Education: Special Education continues to work very closely with building leaders to ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are met. As always, please reach out to your child’s special education teacher or building principal with questions. You can also contact the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Thank you!
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@example.com.
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.
Technology: Teachers, we have installed some software for remote teaching. Currently we have Kami which integrates with Google classroom. Screencastify will let you record your computer screen to share with the class. You can also have your image in the corner of the screen as you record the lesson. EquatIO Easily add equations, formulas, graphs to G Suite for Education. It has a scientific calculator, and periodic table charts.
Parents, Please make sure you fill in the online registration for your students. It is important to have all the correct information in place.
Technology support during COVID19: Please see the update.
Power School update:
Power school online registration help can be found here.
Please remember to fill out the youtube permission form. For KHS and KMS
Help desk number:(603) 352-0640 ext. 3871. For help with the Home user and remote learning click here.