Friday, 3/27/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,
Yesterday, Governor Sununu issued Emergency Order 17 that goes into effect at midnight tonight and runs through May 4, 2020.  With that order, the Governor also identified businesses and industries that are essential through Exhibit A to Emergency Order 17.  Contained in Exhibit A on page 9 of 11 is the following statement guiding educators as essential staff:  “Educators and staff supporting public and private emergency childcare programs, including remote learning and facilitating distance learning among residential schools for students with disabilities, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, provision of school meals, or performing other essential student support functions, if operating under rules for social distancing.”

After multiple conference calls to verify and clarify how that applies to all of the schools of SAU 29, it has been determined that it allows us to continue the practices we have implemented this week with regard to remote learning.  By most accounts, we have had a VERY successful week of remote learning.  As anticipated, there have been some hurdles that we’ve needed to overcome, and we’ve been addressing them as quickly as we can.  We will continue to be leaders in the delivery of remote learning and work to maintain the consistency and structure that will help us ALL get through this next period of time.

With the weekend upon us, it is important to remember to continue with the self care check ins.  Check in with your family, check in with your friends and most importantly, take some time to check in with yourself.  Any little thing that we can do to brighten somebody’s day, anybody’s day, will go a long way in the long run.  

Before I sign off, I wanted to share with all of you that we have made the Keene High School Music in Our Schools Concert videos available for people to watch.  If you’re looking for something to do at night, I highly recommend watching these videos as they showcase just how talented our students are and just how amazing our staff that leads them are as well.  Watching the videos has been a great relaxation activity for me personally and I hope that you are able to enjoy them as well! We also have the second installment of all of the “Snow Art Challenge” submissions for you to view as well.  You can access the videos here.

Happy Friday Everyone and Please Be Well!



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Remote Learning: 
As promised, here are the elementary expectations for remote learning.  You can review the grades 6-12 expectations in the March 25th and 26th updates by going to this link.

Elementary Guidelines for Remote Learning

The following few guidelines will help support families in knowing what is expected of their elementary students while online for school.  

  1. School computers can only be used for school work.

  1. SAU 29 emails can only be used for school work use.

  1. Students are not to use their school gmail account to access apps such as google hangout, meet, or chat, outside the scope of the google classroom setting, with activities and lessons planned by the classroom teacher. 

  1. Violations of the AUP may include:

  • follow up with the principal

  • follow up with other school support teachers (internet rules chat with library media specialist)

  • temporary suspension of gmail account (student would be expected to complete work packets).

  1. Continued violations may result in suspension of gmail privileges.

We know students need to be talking with one another during these challenging times.  We encourage you to explore using other methods in order to accomplish that.  These need to be done on personal devices (not school devices)  and with personal accounts  (not school accounts).

Please see SAU29 Elementary Expectations on top right of this page.

Standardized Testing:
The NH Department of Education is applying for a waiver regarding statewide standardized testing requirements.  As soon as that guidance is completed, we will notify everyone.  The guidance being sought also includes SATs as well as Advanced Placement Tests.  Please be patient as we work to get that finalized information.

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 SAU29 News to view.

For technology help please call the help desk at 352-0640 ext 3871

For help with Classroom, visit here.

Just a friendly reminder to people that we’re on Facebook as well. Check us out.

We’re also on Twitter to some extent. Superintendent Malay can be found (@rhmalay) as well as SAU29 (@nhsau29) if you’re looking.

Special Education: 
As week #1 of remote instruction comes to a close, the special education and related services staff rose to the occasion in a very short amount of time.   Going forward into week #2, staff are now thinking about ways to pace themselves and to improve the quality of instruction.  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.

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.

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 Miliken 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.  

Vetted APPs and Web sites:
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.

You can check the online vetted site here. Look up the app and website by company. 

School Buildings:
All buildings will continue to be accessible for staff only. There are no visitors permitted to enter the buildings. Buildings will be reducing hours, opening  from 7:00am to 3:00pm, 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 [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: