Well it looks like it’ll cool off a little this week after such an amazing week last week. Nonetheless, the weather should still provide opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air more and more as we inch our way further and further away from the winter months.
In case you missed it, I sent out an update on Friday that included all of the updated information from health officials. Both our complete Comprehensive Plan and just the updated guidance are linked here for your reference. The updated information includes the following:
- School model updates.
- Changes for schools regarding contact tracing.
- Travel restriction/quarantine updates.
- Inclusion of side effects from vaccinations guidance.
- Building access on Saturdays.
- Transportation details.
As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to be diligent in reviewing and revising the guidance that is updated frequently from health officials as it pertains to our schools. We also ensure that those updates are broadcast universally to all of our districts so that everyone is aware of what has been modified as a result of the continually changing guidance as well.
Friday’s update also included information on our efforts to get our staff underway with the COVID-19 vaccine process. We had over 550 individuals that had signed up for Phase 2a and all have been accounted for either through our process with the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network or through the state’s VINI system. That total does not include the folks that had been vaccinated in either Phase 1a or 1b.
The Governor announced plans for additional individuals to begin the vaccination process as well toward the end of last week. As outlined, individuals can begin registering this week as follows:
- March 29: All people age 40-49 can begin registering
- March 31: All people age 30-39 can begin registering
- April 2: All people age 16+ can begin registering
For further information, or to access the registration process, please visit the NH COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at your convenience.
Like last week, some gentle reminders as we continue to navigate the ever changing landscape before all of us:
- The latest challenge (see below) closes on Friday. Please submit your responses to [email protected] .
- Please continue to Do Your Part by practicing the Big 4. This will continue to provide all of us the safest environment possible while we are at school. Important to be mindful that both masking and distancing are reported to be the best defense for community spread when out and about.
- 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. They stand ready to assist in any way possible.
- If you haven’t done so in a while, please check in on those that you hold dear. This pandemic has affected everyone to some level around the world.
Have a great week, stay safe and ...
Student Challenge: This challenge is to create a very short (less than 15 seconds) video clip completing one of the following prompts:
“________ School is the best school because _______” or
“I love _________ School because ________.”
Tell us what makes your school awesome and unique. What is it that you like the most about your school? I don’t want to steer any responses as they really ought to be organic from our student’s perspective, but last spring, I issued a challenge asking students to tell us what they missed the most about school while we were fully remote. Those responses were amazing and I’m confident these responses will be equally amazing.
This challenge will remain open until 5pm on Friday, April 2nd. Please send your videos to [email protected].
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 receiving in-person learning 4 days per week and remote 1 day per week may receive 3 days’ worth of remote meals on Friday.
- Marlborough School and select Chesterfield and Nelson 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’s name only.
SUBMIT ONLY 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 26th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order. This form is to order meals for remote pick up on Tuesday, March 30th and Friday, April 2nd.
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 19, 2021
- Chesterfield: Fully onsite four days per week for all grade levels with a remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the year.
- Harrisville: Hybrid model for all grade levels and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
- Keene: Fully onsite four days per week for K-1, hybrid model for all other grade levels and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
- Marlborough: Fully onsite 5 days per week for all grade levels with a remote only option for students.
- Marlow: 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.
- 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 [email protected] 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 protected].
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.