Wednesday, 3/18/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Remote Learning:

Instructional staff have been busy working toward building more of the details of how all the various forms of remote learning will be delivered.  Please anticipate that individual teachers will be reaching out to parents and guardians before the week is over to share what it will look like in the many different settings of our schools.  I want to stress that this is not a perfect system and one that we are developing as we move forward.  There may be a need to alter the plans as we run into the many hurdles we are certain to be faced with.  As new as this will be for our students, it is also new for our teachers as well.  They are working tirelessly on developing this new method of teaching and learning and we ask that we all exhibit patience as we collectively learn how to make this work.

Special Education:

Staff from our many buildings have been working through processes on how to deliver individualized educational plans remotely.  As these plans become finalized, case workers will coordinate what specific plans will look like moving forward.

Meals:

Distribution of breakfast and lunch began 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.  Principals in the sending towns to Keene will be sharing a document to help collect information on what needs exist in those communities.

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 as efforts are ongoing to connect with all of our families. 

Technology: 

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 to pick up personal belongings and medications that you please do so by Friday, March 20.  We request that you 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 rmatte@sau29.org

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.
 

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