Thursday, 3/19/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

The other thing that I strongly want to encourage is regular self care check ins. As the pressures continue to evolve, it will become more and more imperative that we are consciously looking after ourselves as well as our loved ones and our neighbors. Setting up regular check ins will go a long way in helping us all get through this together. Things are truly difficult for many people and helping one another focus on the positives will be instrumental in getting us through this. Using humor, reminiscing about good times, identifying the things and people we are grateful for are some examples of ways to keep a positive perspective. I know that we’re all doing that to the best of our abilities and I only simply wanted to reinforce it.

Today, some of our schools laid down a challenge to one another. It was a brilliant plan that gave folks time to take a breath and get outdoors. The outcomes are attached for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

Be well!

Robb

 

Remote Learning:

I can not begin to express just how impressive the efforts have been in getting remote learning off the ground.  By now, many teachers have already reached out to their students and their families about what it will look like starting next week.  If you have not heard from your teacher at this point, please remain patient as our hardworking staff have been juggling many tasks these past couple of days. 

Considerations have been given to assisting families with daily structure while maintaining some levels of flexibility as home internet connections may not realistically be able to handle multiple people being online at once.  This is a widely shared concern for our region and other rural areas around the state and country.  We will have to be ready to adjust on the fly as remote learning gets up and running.

Aside from the efforts of designing the online delivery of remote instruction, staff throughout our districts have been busy preparing materials for those that will not have access to the internet.  Again I ask for your patience as we finalize distribution plans to get these materials into the hands of our families that need them.

Survey:

The survey that we sent has greatly assisted us with the planning for the logistics of remote learning.  Thank you for taking the time to help us better prepare for this situation.  We will be closing the survey at midnight tonight so if you have not taken the survey, please take a few moments to complete it by clicking here - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNSZBY.

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, our Special Educators and Related Service providers will coordinate what specific plans will look like moving forward.  We have also created plans so SAU #29 can continue with the day-to-day business of Special Education (evaluations, meetings, etc). 

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 planning to utilize our school busses to bring meals to schools outside of Keene and plan to begin service in most of our Districts by Monday March 23. Thank you for your patience as we work through the details of the process. Principals in the sending Districts have started sharing or will be soon 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 McKinney Vento Liaison for SAU #29 has been working with individual families and their respective schools to ensure that students who are homeless are able to fully engage in remote learning. 

Technology: 

We are still testing and making sure that the equipment is ready to go. All accounts have been created and students have received usernames and passwords for new accounts. We uploaded a form for school lunch meals on wheels . We are creating an account for student teachers to be able to work with classroom teachers and that info will be sent out tomorrow. We are calling vendors to find out if local hot spots are open for ease of wireless use. Please share the help desk number, 355-5351, with students.  Bob Miliken and his entire staff will be working to provide technical assistance during this rapid transition.

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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