Monday, 5/17/2021 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


What a gorgeous weekend we just had!  I hope that you were able to enjoy the wonderful weather and are able to continue to enjoy it moving forward as the forecast looks very favorable for the better part of this week.  


With the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for 12 year olds and up, some of our buildings are working to sort through the logistics of making that process a reality at the school sites.  This would be done in a similar manner as we have used in the past with making the flu vaccines available in our buildings.  As this effort continues forward, there are other options for those that wish to have the vaccine administered for anyone 12 years or older outside of the school setting.  More more information please visit the State of NH Vaccine Information website linked for your convenience.


While there is a much better feeling about where we are today as opposed to where we were a year (or even a month) ago, it is imperative that we all continue to do our part.  With one exception, our county has the highest transmission rate in the state as of yesterday’s data reported by the NHDHHS (see Community Transmission Slide 4 linked below).  This data tells us a couple of things:  1.  We are in much better shape than we were at the start of 2021, and 2.  We’re not quite out of the woods yet.  


The reason I bring this up is because there has been a growing buzz around an announcement made by the CDC regarding the wearing of masks by folks that have been fully vaccinated.  After the announcement was made, the CDC issued a statement advising schools to continue using masks through the remainder of the school year.  Additionally, when Governor Sununu lifted the statewide mask mandate, the NHDHHS stated that “Facemask use in classrooms continues to be strongly recommended, especially if students are seated within 3-6 feet of each other”  as captured in their Educational Institution COVID-19 FAQ document linked for ease of reference.  All of our classrooms have seating within this range.


To date, we have had more than 140 reported cases of COVID-19 amongst our students and staff throughout all of our schools, this school year.  And (knock on wood), we have not had a single confirmed transmission that has occurred in any of our buildings thus far.  A big part of that is because we have stayed true to keeping our students and staff safe with our protocols which will remain in place for the duration of this school year, now less than 30 days from being completed.  This includes the following guidance as it relates to masks:  


“ALL students, staff members and essential visitors SHALL wear a face covering while at school (inclusive of those that have been vaccinated), unless a medically documented accommodation is required.”

Now that we have a couple of weeks of being onsite five days a week for all of our schools, our buildings will begin looking forward to the celebrations that typically take place at the end of each school year.  They will be working with the priority of keeping everyone safe as they plan the activities and all of the logistics that come with that process.  I think we all recognize that there are many different perceptions of what these celebrations should look like.  What I am hopeful of is that we collectively focus on the actual celebration and make the most of what it is as opposed to focusing on what it is not or what it might have once been.  


Please continue to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor(s) and principal(s) with any questions and concerns that you may have at this time.  It won’t be long now until we’re having conversations about what the opening of next school year will look like.  When we do, you can expect that we will reach out for your feedback.  But for now, please continue to stay safe and … 


Be Well, 

Robb


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

2020 Data

  1. NH COVID-19 2021
  1. NH COVID-19 2020
  1. Cheshire County COVID-19 2021
  1. Cheshire County COVID-19 2020
  1. SAU 29 Towns Cumulative COVID-19 2021
  1. SAU29 Towns Cumulative COVID-19 Data 2020
  1. SAU 29 Towns Current COVID-19 Positives 2021
  1. SAU29 Towns Current COVID-19 Positives 2020
  1. Community Transmission Slides
  1. Community Transmission Slides
 
  1. COVID Trends Slides

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.

School 

New Last Week

Cumulative Total

School

New Last Week

Cumulative Total

Franklin

<5

13

Chesterfield

0

17

Fuller

0

10

Marlborough

0

<5

Jonathan Daniels

0

<5

Nelson

0

0

KHS

5

57

Perkins Academy

0

<5

KMS

<5

18

Wells Memorial

0

<5

Symonds

0

7

Westmoreland

0

<5

Wheelock

0

10

     


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.



Meals:  Every student in SAU 29 and all children 18 and under are eligible for free meals through June 2021. Regardless of learning plan, meals for all students are free at this time.  If students are attending in-person they may receive free meals during their regular lunch period and will not be eligible for remote meals.

 

ONLY fully remote students and students that do not attend a public school will be entitled to pick up remote meals curbside as outlined below.  

 

- Students attending school fully remote with 5 remote days per week will receive 5 days’ worth of meals available for Wednesday pick-up.

 

- Students not enrolled in public school may receive 5 days’ worth of meals available for Wednesday pick-up.

 

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, May 21st. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order. This form is to order meals for remote pick up on Wednesday, May 26th. 

 

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: The needs of students with disabilities are enormously important.  As always, your first point of contact is your child’s special education teacher or building principal.  Please reach out to them anytime and share your thoughts.  You may also contact the Student Services Offices at SAU 29 at 357-9001 extension 230 or email rmatte@sau29.org.  The Student Service’s office is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  We want to hear from you, Thank you!   


Helpful Resources: 

https://bookauthority.org/books/best-special-education-books; the 38 best special education books of all time.  

https://childmind.org/article/back-to-school-anxiety-during-covid/ - learn how to help kids handle fears and gain independence with returning to school. 

https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/supporting-your-childs-mental-health-during-covid-19-school-return - Learn how to support your child’s mental health during Covid-19 school reopenings.

https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/how-to-teach-your-kids-to-fight-hate-an-age-by-age-guide/ - An anti-racism, age by age guide on how to talk with your kids about this difficult topic.


Technology:

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.


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