Thursday, 4/2/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

I want to start by being clear in that the messages that come from me personally will be sent to all of our families and staff through our messaging system.  You will receive them via email and text and they will also be posted on our websites.  I mention this because, judging from the influx of messages regarding an April Fool’s prank on social media related to SAU 29 schools, there are mixed feelings about many of the things we are learning to deal with on a daily basis.  Right or wrong, people internalize input and react differently.  Some agree with what is out there and others don’t.  Reactions to information and/or decisions are personalized to every individual and that’s okay.  Everything has the capability of initiating our internal emotions and feelings.  How we respond to that is what makes each of us unique and our world a much more colorful place to live.  

To be certain, remote learning will continue into next week and for the foreseeable future.  Should that direction change in any form, you have my commitment to notify you through the channels that I mentioned above.  

With that, I want to issue all of our students another challenge.  I ask that all submissions include only first names, grade level and school as well as being appropriate.  They can be sent to me via email at rmalay@sau29.org or through Google Docs when you are logged into your SAU account.  The challenge is simple - tell me what you DO miss most about school in 15 words or less.  I’m sure the responses will vary greatly from all of our students and will be reflective of what makes our students unique and our SAU a much more colorful place to be.  Note: I will aggregate the responses and create a word cloud to share that will keep everyone’s response anonymous.  

Be Well,

Robb

Remote Learning:  There was some confusion about remote learning and the number of days per week that it will be taking place.  Yesterday’s update hopefully clarified that teachers and students will engage in academics five days a week to some extent; it may, however, look differently from day to day.  It may also be of assistance to understand that the online/virtual component of remote learning is only one aspect to the overall picture and not to be considered the only component of remote learning.  

Special Education:  The special education and related services staff continues to learn and progress with remote learning.  As always, please reach out to your child’s special educator/case manager if you have questions or concerns with remote learning. 

Meals:  Please use this meal order form link to place your order no later than today, Thursday April 2 at 5:00pm.

Technology:  Help desk number, (603)352-0640 ext 3871. 

Recently, we were made aware of phishing attempts happening around the state. Please read the below email.

A New Hampshire School District was hit this week with a phishing email. The link took users to a webpage that looked exactly like their school district's login page but with a Vietnam domain.  Once users entered their username and password it took them to an employee self service portal login.  The attackers quickly were able to login as one of their users with their stolen credentials and resent the message to their entire school district from an internal SAU address.

They are still cleaning up and identifying any and all breaches.  Please know that education and government agencies will be targeted during this time at a much greater rate by malicious individuals.  Be aware, check your sau29 and your personal email regularly..

During this pandemic, it is extremely important to pay close attention to your email, verify authenticity by checking/verifying the sender, do not click on a link in an email that you question or weren't expecting, do not open attachments.

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: