Thursday, 3/26/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

March 26

Good Afternoon,

Starting next week, you’ll notice a little shift in the daily update.  We’ll be taking down recurring information so that you’re not saturated with lengthy updates.  All of the previous updates can still be read, simply visit SAU 29 News to view.

As reported yesterday, we have received feedback of inappropriate behavior and use of language during class meeting times.  We have also heard about organized chats that are equally as inappropriate.  I am asking folks to please report any inappropriate behavior and/or language to their respective building principal. It is unacceptable and not fair to students that are trying their best to continue learning.  

Please monitor your child(ren’s) activity when they are on devices.  It is important to recognize that we are all figuring this distancing thing out as we go along and we are, as humans, social by nature.  Please find ways to assist your children in staying connected with their friends in appropriate ways.  Help them understand what is acceptable and what is not.  If we all work on this together, we’ll get through this alright.

Last night I received a drawing from a first grader in one of our district schools thanking us for all of our hard work.  That, along with all of the other messages of support help to keep this effort going.  On behalf of our absolutely amazing staff in all of our sites, thank you!  Thank you for your trust in us and thank you for your kind messages of support.  I’ve included a word cloud at the end of this update that I created from all of those heartfelt messages.  Enjoy!

Be well,

Robb

 

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Remote Learning

GRADES 6-12 Student Expectations For Remote Learning

  • The expectations are no different than daily classroom expectations.
  • Students are prepared and logged in at the beginning of each block at the designated times.
  • Students are dressed appropriately. 
  • During Google Meets, students must keep their video cameras off
  • Students must not share the Google Meet link with anyone, including parents and guardians. This link is for students enrolled in the class. 
  • Students must follow teacher directions for Google Meets (such as using microphones or chat)

Consequences For Not Following Student Expectations

  • SAU29 has an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)  
  • Students and parents signed the AUP at the beginning of the school year.
  • Students who do not follow Google Meet expectations will receive the following consequences:
    1. First Offense -Teacher will redirect the student during the Google Meet session.
    2. Second Offense - If the behavior continues, the teacher will remove the student from the Google Meet session for that day, and the teacher will contact the parent about the inappropriate behavior.

    3. Third Offense - If the behavior continues, the student will lose technology privileges for their school account for two days.

      This means the student will not have access to any of their SAU account, including but not limited to, Google Classroom, Google Meet, and their school email for ALL classes and not just the one class where the inappropriate behavior was displayed.
      Once the student’s account is turned back on after two days, the student will be responsible for making up the work missed.
    1. Subsequent Offenses - Consequences will include:

      Loss of technology privileges for their school account for the remainder of the year.

      This means the student will not have access to any of their SAU account, including but not limited to, Google Classroom, Google Meet, and their school email for ALL classes and not just the one class where the inappropriate behavior was displayed.

      The student will receive paper copies of work to complete
       

Parent Information and Expectations For Remote Learning

  • Call 352-0640 extension 3871 for technology help.
  • Reach out to individual teachers if you have instructional or content-specific questions. 
  • If you have additional questions or require support, reach out to your student’s School Counselor or House Office.
  • Parents may not join classroom Google Meet sessions. This is for students in the class only. 

 

Communication: 

All daily updates can be accessed by visiting SAU 29 News
For technology help please call the help desk at 352-0640 ext 3871
Go here. Help with classroom.  

 

Special Education:

Generally speaking, special education staff are making enormous progress on how to deliver specialized instruction remotely in a very short amount of time.  Across our seven districts and all school buildings, special education meetings have resumed, specialized instruction is happening daily and instructional data is being gathered (ages 3 to 21).  Overall, the special education departments of SAU 29 are working very hard to remotely meet the unique needs of our students; however, if you feel that your child’s needs are not being met, please reach out to your child’s building principal at your earliest convenience.  We want to know.  The staff of the special education department stand ready to support our students and families.

Meals:
Students DO NOT have to be present during meal pick-up. Given remote learning time conflicts, parents/guardians will be allowed to pick up meals for their student(s) and the program will shift the pick-up time for Keene sites. Meals for any student in SAU 29, preK - grade 12, can be picked up behind Franklin School and behind Keene High School from 7:30am-11:30 am every school day. We will be handing out two days worth of meals on Mondays and three on Wednesdays so that families only have to make two trips per week. If you cannot pick up on Mondays or Wednesdays we will still be open for meal pick up Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In addition to the two pick up locations in Keene we added an option for those families that live in the surrounding town districts. Delivery to SAU#29 town schools  are made on Mondays (2 days of meals) and Wednesdays (3 days of meals) for pick up at noon at each school. An email to those eligible will have the order form that will need to be submitted by Thursday of each preceding week. One form per student please. Keene High Students living in Winchester and students in Stoddard grades 7 to 12 may use their town's school lunch program or may opt to use either aforementioned Keene sites.  Menus will vary based on availability and we will continue to update families as things change.

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

Technology:

Please continue to share the help desk number, (603)352-0640 ext 3871, with students and families.  It is the quickest way to get needed support.  Bob Milliken and his entire staff are working to provide technical assistance. If you need support with Google classroom please try here for help first.  If the guide fails to solve your issue do not hesitate to call our help desk. Please be careful we are seeing a lot of scam emails coming through to your email. This could be from people using Free apps and websites. Remember to always check if you don’t know the sender. If you do not know the sender delete the email. If the email looks like it is from a coworker but sounds suspicious, call the coworker.  

We have met with school Principals and are getting positive feedback from the schools please reach out if you have technical questions. We have been adjusting some of the ways the apps are working to make the classroom experience better for both the teachers and students.   Parents have come up with some helpful suggestions. Thank you all.

School Buildings:

For this week, March 23 through March 27, all school buildings are open to staff only. There are no visitors permitted to enter the buildings. Buildings will limit hours, opening  from 7:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. These limited hours will facilitate a disinfection schedule so we can rest assured that our facilities will be safe for staff to arrive each morning.  All buildings will be closed on the weekends to all staff.  

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.

 

COVID-19 Resources:

 

Thank you all with various colored words of approval