I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the weekend to some extent. The forecast for the rest of the week is looking very pleasant! Please take advantage of the beautiful outdoors as much as you may be able to!
As advertised, here are the results of the Unplugged Challenge for your viewing pleasure. There were a lot of great submissions and seeing all of the wonderful activities that folks were engaging in both indoors and outdoors served as a great reminder of all the things that we can do to turn off our devices for a while and just enjoy ourselves in other ways. **Spoiler Alert** You’ll be hard pressed to catch me in the swimming hole that some of our folks submitted photos of...I’m just saying. We’ll have another challenge coming out in the near future.
A great deal of time and focus has been shifted to getting our staff vaccinated as a result of the announcement made last Thursday. The state has moved up the timeline for educators to receive their vaccinations for those that wish to get them. Our desire was to have this process facilitated at our building sites, but the way things are structured, that won’t be an option. We are now working with health officials to get our staff scheduled and to be as least disruptive as possible to our school operations. Information and logistics are evolving rapidly and we have dedicated a number of people to assist with the process so our staff are able to participate as soon as we get the green light to move forward. More to come as this is developing quickly.
An important update to our guidance with regard to vaccinations will be shared universally as well. In general, it is in response to individuals that receive the vaccine and become symptomatic. While those that do receive the vaccine and become symptomatic will still need to stay home, the quarantine period and requirement for testing in order to shorten the quarantine will be modified. Please be on the lookout for this updated guidance later this week.
Some gentle reminders - district budgets will continue to be voted on this week for four of our districts in SAU 29. Please see the information below in the update with additional information for your district. If you have any questions/concerns regarding your child(ren), please reach out to their teacher(s), counselor(s) and principal(s). They stand ready to assist all of our families as we continue to navigate forward. And lastly, while things are moving in the right direction, it is still critically important that we are all practicing and modeling the Big 4 - screening, masking, distancing and hand washing. It will help our transmission rates continue to move in a more desirable direction.
I am going to keep this week’s update short and shift full attention to getting our staff vaccination process underway. I will provide additional information to our staff as it becomes finalized and available and report out through the weekly updates as well.
In the meantime, enjoy the warmer weather this week, the Unplugged Challenge video linked above and continue to stay safe!
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.
Confirmed COVID-19 Positives that our school personnel are aware of from the beginning of school year 2020-2021 (numbers from 1-4 will be suppressed to help protect individual privacy). These are aggregated so that it does not identify either student or staff and provided in both the most recent weekly totals as well as the totals for the entire school year.
District Meetings Information:
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!
- 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.
- https://www.naminh.org/resources-2/crisis-lines/ a comprehensive resource for support with mental health.
- 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.
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)
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.
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.
-Chesterfield, Keene Grades K & 1, Nelson, Perkins Academy, 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, March 12th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order. This form is to order meals for remote pick up on Tuesday, March 16th and Friday, March 19th.
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.
School Model: As of March 1, 2021
- Chesterfield: Fully onsite for all grade levels four days per week and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
- Harrisville: Hybrid model and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
- Keene: Hybrid model and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year. Planned shift for grades K-1 to fully onsite four days per week beginning March 18.
- Marlborough: Fully onsite 5 days per week for all grade levels with a remote only option for students.
- Marlow: Hybrid for grades 1-2 only and fully onsite four days per week for all other grade levels and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
- Nelson: Fully onsite for all grade levels four days per week and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
- Westmoreland: Fully onsite for all grade levels four days per week and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
Special Education: Special Education works 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 9th through 12th 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.
Clever academy for teachers: Login to your clever account and click on the question mark in the upper right corner of the screen and choose Clever academy.
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.