Tuesday, 3/17/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Over the past two days, our administrators and support staff have been working diligently in developing a framework of how we conceptually deliver remote learning to our students. I am personally proud of all of their efforts as we collectively make this structure a reality. Tomorrow, we begin in earnest, building the infrastructure that will make the framework successful. In order to do this, we will need the expertise of all of our staff.
By the end of this week, we intend to roll out the remote learning plan that will greatly assist all of us through this incredibly difficult time. Please understand that it is a work in progress as we are “building the plane while we are flying.” We may find that our plan was on point and the transition to remote learning will be seamless. We may also run into issues that we need to make adjustments for as we go along. This too is okay. Know that ultimately, the goal is to continue the learning process for the more than 4,000 students that we serve.
The list of thank yous is so extensive that I fear trying to list them here will unintentionally leave individuals or groups off that list. I will say that the public response has been overwhelmingly supportive with many offering their assistance or simply their kind words of encouragement and gratitude and support. Please know that it is greatly appreciated and helps us all continue to do what we do. As we check in with our families and our neighbors and all those we hold dear, I would encourage you to offer your positive support as it will go a long way in helping everyone and our world as a whole.
While times like the one we are currently faced with can bring out the worst in people, the opposite holds true as it can also bring out the best in people.
Be well!




Remote Learning:

All school levels have a draft plan and structure in place.  Beginning tomorrow, we will be working toward finalization so that we are able to distribute and share more broadly.  This is a collective and collaborative process that is being accomplished with all of our staff.

Special Education:

Special education meetings are postponed from March 16 through March 20.  These meetings will be rescheduled in the near future.   Going forward, special education meetings will be held remotely until school resumes. 

Related Service Providers (OT, PT, SLP, BCBA) are developing plans and lessons just as all other professional staff.


Distribution of breakfast and lunch began today, Tuesday March 17th at Keene High and Franklin Schools in Keene. EVERY SAU 29 student is eligible to pick up the meals. Breakfast and lunch will be in one bag and ready for curbside pick up in a car or walk up. Service for Keene High will be in the back of the school. Franklin School pickup will be on Page Street behind Franklin School. Service will be from 8:30am – 12:00pm  Monday – Friday while school is closed. Please note that the student MUST BE PRESENT to pick up the meals.  Menus will vary based on availability. 

We are currently identifying ways to bring meals to remote locations outside of Keene.  Please be patient as we work through this process.

For further clarification please call Food Services at (603)357-9011.

Homeless Students:

The Student Services Office is working to ensure that our homeless students are aware of and able to participate in the remote learning experience.


We have been testing Online apps and chromebooks with staff and teachers. We have google hangouts running. We are sharing information to help teachers and staff use the online tools and putting together a shared drive to collaborate.

School Buildings:

For the remainder of this week, all school buildings will maintain normal hours of operation.  Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020 buildings will be open to staff from 7:00am - 4:00pm.  All buildings will be closed on the weekends.  We ask that anyone that may need access to the building for any reason (including picking up personal belongings and medications) please call your school in advance to ensure someone will be there to assist you.

Social Distancing

While many students may view this period as vacation time, it has the added benefit of slowing down and preventing the transmission of the virus from one person to the next.  It is our recommendation that everyone carefully consider the impact of participation in daily routines and activities not only on your own family but also the impact it may have on others as well.  

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.

COVID-19 Resources: