Monday, 2/1/2021 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

All reports today were very favorable with the return to onsite teaching and learning today.  Many have expressed how wonderful it was to have students in the buildings once again and how well everyone was adhering to the safety procedures we have in place.  Thank you to everyone for your efforts in getting to this point.  Please continue to follow the Big Four as we move forward:

  1. Fill out the screening assessment honestly. When you have a symptom of COVID-19, DO NOT go into the buildings.  

  2. Adherence to face covering protocols.  As a reminder, on September 18th, we issued guidance that gaiters, face shields (alone) and face coverings with valves and vents are NOT an acceptable form of face covering for students and staff unless an accommodation supported by medical documentation has been filed and approved by the building administrator.  Additionally, face coverings are designed and intended to cover both the mouth and the nose when worn properly.  Schools have, and will continue to provide face covering breaks throughout the day and obviously can not be worn while eating or drinking.

  3. Maintaining distancing guidelines.  Particularly with people that are not wearing a face covering.

  4. Maintain hand hygiene.  Regular and frequent cleaning of the hands through washing with soap and water or if unavailable, sanitizer, has been determined to help minimize the risk of spread.

Unfortunately, we are not only navigating the COVID pandemic, but also the realities that Mother Nature throws in our direction. There is a significant weather concern rapidly approaching and one that may impact our onsite teaching and learning for Tuesday, Feb. 2nd. I will be in a heavy weather briefing with Homeland Security Emergency Managment and the National Weather Service at the time we release this update.  Please stay tuned to your email, text and media outlets for any announcements regarding the school day tomorrow. School site specific plans will be delivered from the individual schools when we are unable to be onsite.

There are a number of updates that need to be finalized and shared with regard to health official guidance that has also been recently updated. We are working through those updates and reviewing them to ensure they are reflective of the guidance shared by our state health officials. As soon as they are complete, I will share them with all of our school communities in a separate email from the weekly update. Specifically, we are finalizing guidance related to:

  • Updated guidance on the Decision-Making Model.
  • Updated guidance on quarantining.
  • School site specific closures.
  • Screening Assessment updates to align with health official guidance.
  • School calendar updates.

I anticipate this to be completed and shared by Thursday, Feb. 4th at the latest.

I still have not received a response of any type from the letter I sent to our Governor. If I do, I will share it in this update.  

I can’t express my overwhelming gratitude enough to everyone that has been working tirelessly throughout this school year.  From all levels of our staff, to our boards, to our parents/guardians and to our students, your efforts to navigate a difficult situation are once again, a true indication of the power of resilience.  Thank You!  As we move forward with our return to onsite teaching and learning, please continue to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor(s) and principal(s) with any questions or concerns you might have.  

In the meantime, keep an eye on the weather and for any subsequent messages, stay safe and...

Be Well, 


Everyone Challenge:  Thank you to all that have submitted their shout outs during this challenge! There was a high volume of responses and they will be shared over time through our social media pages. Stay tuned for the next challenge that will be coming in the near future.


Keeping these short videos in the update until next week for those that may have missed them previously.  Enjoy!

What I Look Forward to in 2021 (Part 1)

What I Look Forward to in 2021 (Part 2)

What I Look Forward to in 2021 (Part 3)

What I Learned in 2020 - Part 1

What I Learned in 2020 - Part 2

COVID-19 Data:  Providing all of the COVID-19 data that we have been tracking since the onset of the pandemic back in March, 2020.

2021 Data

  1. NH COVID-19 2021
  2. Cheshire County COVID-19 2021
  3. SAU 29 Towns Cumulative COVID-19 2021
  4. SAU 29 Towns Current COVID-19 Positives 2021
  5. Community Transmission Slides

2020 Data

  1. NH COVID-19 2020
  2. Cheshire County COVID-19 2020
  3. SAU29 Towns Cumulative COVID-19 Data 2020
  4. SAU29 Towns Current COVID-19 Positives 2020
  5. Community Transmission Slides
  6.  COVID Trends Slides

Confirmed positives that our school personnel have been made aware of while we were in remote only from November 30, 2020 through January 29, 2021 (numbers from 1-4 will be suppressed to help protect individual privacy).













Jonathan Daniels






Perkins Academy




Wells Memorial









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 AwarenessBelow are valuable resources that many people find helpful.  Enjoy! 


Reporting AbuseIf you see something, please say something.  You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  

Additional Resources:

Meals: Please note that if your district calls for a blizzard bag day, curbside pick-up will be postponed until the following work day.  


Every student in SAU 29 and all children 18 and under are eligible for free meals through June 2021. Meals for all students in SAU 29 are free at this time. Students are eligible for up to 7 days’ worth of meals per week, remote meals and/or in-school dining depending on the modality of their instruction.


This form is to order meals for remote pick up on Tuesday, February 8th and Friday, February 12th.


Please read carefully for the schedule of remote meals that best fit your student’s situation as schools have a variety of instructional plans.  


- All hybrid students attending school in person 2 days a week (remote 3 days) may receive a total of 5 days’ worth of remote meals each week: 3 days’ worth of meals on Tuesday and 2 days’ worth of meals on Friday.


- Fully remote students may receive a total of 7 days’ worth of remote meals each week, 3 days’ worth of meals on Tuesday and 4 days’ worth of meals on Friday.


- Nelson and Westmoreland students that are in school in person 4 days per week and remote 1 day per week may receive 3 days’ worth of remote meals on Friday.


- Marlborough School students that are in person 5 days per week may receive 2 days’ worth of remote meals on Friday representing meals for Saturday and Sunday.


Please do not sign up under a parent name, use your student name only. 


ONLY SUBMIT 1 ORDER FORM PER STUDENT.  If you are not sure if you signed up, please call Keene Food Services to confirm.


Please submit your order for the following week's meals no later than 7:00am Friday, February 5th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order.  


Click here for the LINK for Remote Meals Order Form


Please contact Keene Food Services with any questions. 603-357-9011

Screening Assessment:  Please continue to complete the screening assessment each school day.  This allows our school nurses to continue to monitor and provide support with regard to the health of the school community.  Please note that we are not requesting that this be done on the weekends, holidays or breaks, only on days that school would typically be in session.

COVID19 Daily self screening Convenient MD : You can find the links to your students schools here along with videos to help walk you through using the page.

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 if you have any questions.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  We want to hear from you, Thank you!   

Stay At Home:  Here is the updated Stay-At-Home guidance in alignment with health official guidance.


Stay-At-Home Until

Have symptoms of COVID-19 (New or Unexplained)

  • Fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  1. You can provide written documentation of negative PCR or antigen test result (in accordance with NH DPHS guidance) AND 
    1. You have been  fever-free, without fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours AND 
    2. All other symptoms have improved 



  1. 10 consecutive days have passed if symptoms are new and testing is not conducted (treat the individual as a suspected COVID-19 infection) AND 
    1. All symptoms have improved AND 
    2. You have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

Close contact with a person confirmed with COVID-19 (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes)

  • 10 consecutive days have passed AFTER close contact.

Recommended to 

  • Seek a PCR-based COVID-19 test 5-7 days from last exposure date (sooner if symptoms develop) 
  • Self-quarantine at home
  • keep others safe by wearing a face covering.

Travel outside of New England within the last 14 days.

  • 10 consecutive days have passed AFTER travel.

Additional Recommendations

  • If symptoms develop, seek a PCR-based COVID-19 test. 
  • Self-quarantine at home. *Can be reduced from 10 to 7 days, IF a negative PCR-based test has been received on days 6-7 AFTER travel.
  • Keep others safe by wearing a face covering.

Test Positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms.

  • 10 consecutive days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
  • You have been  fever-free, without fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours AND 
  • All other symptoms have improved

Additional Recommendations

  • Self-isolate in home
  • Self-quarantine at home
  • Keep others safe by wearing a face covering.

Test Positive for COVID-19 and DO NOT have symptoms.

  • 10 consecutive days have passed since the date of your positive COVID-19 diagnostic test.

Additional Recommendations

  • Self-isolate in home
  • Self-quarantine at home
  • Keep others safe by wearing a face covering.

**If symptoms develop, please refer to guidance above.**

Self-Isolation:  You must stay at your home and avoid other people, including those you live with. You may not go out in public places - not even to the grocery store or to run errands. You may not visit with other people outside of your home, and you may not invite others into your house to visit.  See Public Health Self-Isolation Guidance for additional information.  Please note that the quarantine guidance on this document issued on 11/12/2020 was updated on 12/3/2020 and reflected in the linked document below.

Self-Quarantine:  You must stay at your home and avoid other people for 10 days after you were last exposed to a person with COVID-19. You may not go out in public places - not even to the grocery store or to run errands. Do not visit with other people outside of your home, and do not invite others into your house to visit. If you must have visitors, tell them that you are under quarantine.  See Public Health Self-Quarantine Guidance for additional information.  

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.



Parents of 6th through 11 th grade students:  Please if you have not already picked up your students Chromebook for the 1:1 program we need you to print and sign the agreement HERE .

We can not release the Chromebook to your student until we get a signed agreement. Please send the agreement in with your student. 

Parents and Students, Chromebooks should be used for your school work only. Please do not eat while using your school issued Chromebook. We are experiencing high volumes of damaged Chromebooks due to spills.  Please make sure you fill in the online registration for your students. It is important to have all the correct information in place.

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.

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