Tuesday, 3/31/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

I want to open by thanking Mayor Hansel for having me on his daily town hall virtual meeting this morning to share what we have been doing in response to the pandemic that the entire world is learning to respond to.  Additionally, WKBK and the Keene Sentinel have been great partners in helping us broadcast broadly what is happening.  These daily updates have been getting overwhelming levels of support from parents, staff and even from our students.  Our goal is to continue communicating what is happening, knowing full well that not all questions will be answered immediately, but over time, we will address them.

Yesterday, we launched the Facebook group "SAU29 Learns Remotely" where families and teachers can post their work and where we can support each other through this phase.  As of the time of this update, we have had over 450 people sign up and many have submitted posts. It is our hope that this vehicle also reminds each of us that we are not in this alone and that others are also enduring what we are challenged with each day.

A friendly reminder to everyone in that a little over two weeks ago, none of us knew what remote learning would look like, feel like, or play out for both students and staff.  As such, our teachers did a phenomenal job to prepare for last week!  However, we have received concerns that it was either too little or too much.  Please know that we are making adjustments as we continue to move forward.  Will it be perfect by the end of the week?  Maybe not, but it will be better and it will continue to get better as we collectively become more comfortable with this truly foreign method of learning.  

Finally, a quick “In Case You Missed It” at the end of last week.  We have made available some videos of student work. You can access the videos here. Enjoy!

Be Well,

Robb

Remote Learning:
Teachers are reviewing workloads for students and making adjustments as may be necessary.  Please be patient as we are all learning what can reasonably be expected from our students as well as from our teachers throughout this process.

Standardized Testing:
Governor Sununu announced today that there will be no standardized testing this spring.  We will continue to monitor and advise what SATs and Advanced Placement tests will look like and advise students and families.

Special Education:
The special education and related services staff continue to learn and make adjustments with remote learning.  As always, please reach out to your child’s special education teacher/case manager if you have any concerns.    

Meals:
The order form is now open for families residing in Chesterfield, Harrisville, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Surry, Sullivan, Westmoreland, and Winchester. They can now place their order for meal pick-ups at their local school on Monday April 6 and Wednesday April 8. Please use this meal order form link to place your order no later than Thursday April 2 at 5:00 pm.  

Regular pickup for all SAU 29 students without pre ordering is available on scheduled school days, Monday through Friday behind Franklin School and Keene High School 7:30 am - 11:30 am.

Contact information for Food Services is (603) 357-9011.

Technology:
Help desk number, (603) 352-0640 ext 3871. We have made some changes to the Google Meet platform to make it better for teachers to manage. We are looking at software to help with Classroom. Tech help has fielded lots of calls and will have 2 people on the phones to help you. Remember that we all still have to work within our school AUP. 

Vetted Apps and Websites:
You can check the online vetted site here. Look up the App and website by company. We have added more to the list as we get them back from the vetting team. 

School Buildings:
Building hours are 7:00 - 3:00 Monday through Friday for staff only. All buildings are closed on the weekend.

School Grounds: All school playgrounds, fields, and other outdoor facilities are closed until further notice.  

Social Distancing:  Please refer to Governor Sununu's Emergency Order 17 for additional guidance.

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 and Remote Learning Resources: