I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the weekend as much as possible knowing that mindsets for yesterday’s event were likely much different than they may have been in year’s past. Nonetheless, it served as a good reminder that we collectively are able to move forward despite all of the obstacles the pandemic has thrown before us.
A quick recap from the updates made to our guidance in accordance with health official guidance with regard to our schools. Those updates were released on Thursday, Feb. 4th as promised and included the following two documents:
- Updates Only - only the specific parts of the plan that were updated.
- Revised Comprehensive Plan - a complete clean copy of the revised plan.
I have not and will not update our guidance based on speculation and will only update our guidance when it is officially released from health officials, after throroughly reviewing that guidance internally first. We will continue to monitor all guidance that comes forth from health officials and provide necessary updates as applicable.
On a similar note, I have also shared my advocacy for specific considerations as they apply to our schools, and I will continue to do so moving forward. With that, I still have not heard back from any of the folks that received my letter requesting our staff be included in the Group 1B for vaccination purposes. Unless that changes, I will discontinue this reference in the weekly update.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER - The following information is not a declaration that we are in the clear with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, I do want to highlight a couple of recent developments that may go unnoticed from week to week. First, this was the first week that all NH Counties and both Manchester and Nashua have collectively seen a decline in transmission rates from one week to the next since the beginning of November. And second, this is the first time during that same period that Cheshire County has had the lowest transmission rate in the state. Again, this is not a statement that we are through the pandemic, but an indication that things are heading in the right direction.
So with that in mind, I want to continue to stress the importance of practicing our safety protocols to the fullest extent possible. These measures make a difference and go a long way in maintaining the operation of our schools. If there is a doubt, please err on the side of caution and be mindful of the well-being of others that may be negatively impacted inadvertently as a result. Specifically, I am referring to the “Big 4” as we have stayed true to them throughout the school year. Your assistance with each of the following matters (and can most certainly be the difference):
- Fill out the screening assessment honestly. When you have a symptom of COVID-19, DO NOT go into the buildings.
- 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.
- Maintaining distancing guidelines at all times.
- 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.
Individually we have the ability to be part of the solution. Collectively, we are The Reason we’re all successful. By collectively, this includes those that have been exposed to someone that has tested positive to COVID-19 and stays home, those that have a symptom and stays home, those that test positive for COVID-19 and isolates in their home, those that travel outside of New England and stays home, and those who complete the screener honestly and needs to stay home. Each of those situations create difficult situations for folks individually, but when we are all staying true to that, everyone benefits in the long run. Thank you in advance for your diligence in keeping the well-being of our students and staff on the forefront by not circumventing the protocols we have for everyone.
As we inch our way closer to the winter break, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor(s) and principal(s) with any questions or concerns you may have at this time. They can only assist if they are aware of your questions and concerns and stand ready to help. Keep up the great efforts...WE are The Reason that together...WE GOT THIS!
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.
- NH COVID-19 2021
- Cheshire County COVID-19 2021
- SAU 29 Towns Cumulative COVID-19 2021
- SAU 29 Towns Current COVID-19 Positives 2021
- Community Transmission Slides
- NH COVID-19 2020
- Cheshire County COVID-19 2020
- SAU29 Towns Cumulative COVID-19 Data 2020
- SAU29 Towns Current COVID-19 Positives 2020
- Community Transmission Slides
- 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).
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 valuable resources that many people find helpful. Enjoy!
- https://www.edutopia.org/article/back-to-school-resources-parents - GREAT website for anyone looking to ease the jitters of transition, managing screen time for kids and how to get involved in your 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.
- https://www.naminh.org/resources-2/crisis-lines/ a comprehensive resource for support with mental health.
- 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: 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 9th 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 12th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order.
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.
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. We want to hear from you, 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.
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.