Thursday, 4/9/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


The April Break Survey is now closed and the results are posted below for your review.  This input will be taken into consideration as we finalize that decision. There are some procedural steps that we need to follow in accordance with some of our union contracts before we can finalize what will happen with the April Break week.  As I stated at the beginning of this conversation, no matter what the outcome is, there will be people that will not be happy about that outcome, however, I am confident that regardless of that final determination, we will all get through those five days together.  


I want to thank all of the students that have sent in their responses to this week’s challenge.  I’ve been receiving a lot of good ideas of what students have been doing with their time away from devices that I’ll share at the start of next week.  It’s not too late to submit your favorite activities when you’re not on a device. The deadline to submit will be tomorrow at 5pm.  


These past few weeks I have personally found myself reflecting on many of the lessons that have been taught to me throughout my life.  Lessons that I have learned from my teachers, my colleagues, my neighbors, my coaches, my friends and without question, my family and my parents.  Although important, I’m not referring to life’s little lessons on eating my veggies and brushing my teeth. I’m referring to the bigger life lessons on kindness, perseverance, cooperation, and honesty to name a few.  Lessons that we would want to pass onto our children and our students so that they can pass it on to others as well.


I bring this up because there was a wonderful speech that was delivered by U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven about six years ago.  He speaks to the graduates of the University of Texas on some important life lessons that can be carried forward. A shortened version of his speech "If You Want to Change the World" is embedded here if you would like to hear what he shared.  It’s about six minutes long and the full version is a little under 20 minutes long.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did and that you are able to reflect on all of the life lessons you have learned  that you wish for our children to carry forward.


Be Well,

Robb


April Break Survey:   Here are the results of the survey that yielded over 3,600 responses (click on the images on the top right to enlarge)

 

Participation by role:

Students

Staff

Parents

Others

1355

658

1612

23


Remote Learning: If you are experiencing any concerns with remote learning, please reach out and let us know.  You should start by letting your child(ren)’s teacher(s) know what your concerns are so that they are aware of your concern.  Please also share your concerns with your building Principals so that they can help with finding solutions.


Student Challenge: Thank you to all of the students that answered last week.  This week is somewhat similar in that you are sharing what it is that you like to do.  Please send me a list of the top 5 appropriate activities you like to do when you are unplugged.  Meaning, what do you like spending your time doing when you are not connected to a device, any device, including televisions.  Try to be as specific as you can be so that your creative ideas may be of help to others when they are not on their devices. The deadline for submission will be 5:00 PM tomorrow, Friday, April 10, 2020.  I’ll compile a list of activities and share that next week.  Submissions should be sent to me directly at rmalay@sau29.org.  


Mental Health: Our school counselors and/or school nurses stand ready to assist in any way that they can.  Please reach out to our incredible team of counselors if you need assistance. Here’s a resource to help you identify the The 5 Signs that somebody may not be doing well.  


Reporting Abuse: Reports of child abuse inclusive of neglect have declined drastically since the onset of remote learning.  If you see something, please say something. You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  


Special Education: The special education department and related services staff continue to offer and provide instructional accommodations, instructional modifications, specialized instruction and  specialized therapies remotely. As always, please reach out to your child’s special educator/case manager if you have questions or concerns with the following: remote learning, transition meetings, any upcoming Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, and/or data collection  for the extended school year (ESY) planning and potential compensatory education planning. You may also call the Student Services Office at SAU 29. The number to the central office is 357-9001, extension 230. Lastly, The Student Services Office at SAU 29 remains open to the public from 8am  to 3 pm. For planning purposes, we encourage the public to call or email (357-9001 extension 230, rmatte@sau.29org) before coming to visit the office. Thank you!!


Meals: 

Starting Monday April 13, 2020, Franklin and Keene High Schools will be offering pick up on Mondays and Wednesdays only.


Mondays you will receive 2 days’ worth of meals. Wednesdays you will receive 3 days’ worth of meals. Pick up hours will remain the same 7:30-11:30am. No pre ordering is required for pick up at Franklin and Keene High School.


The DOE recommends limiting the number of days for pick up, in addition, we have had very little participation on the other days of the week. In order to keep families and our staff safe with as little interaction as possible we will move to two days a week for meal pick up.


The order form for meal pick up in the towns is now open for meal pick up Monday April 13th and Wednesday April 15th. Orders MUST be submitted no later than Thursday at 5pm.   Please use this meal order form link to place your order.


Has your financial situation changed? If your financial situation has recently changed, you can download a Free and Reduced Price Meals Application at www.keenefoodservices.com  You can also pick up an application at any of the curbside pickup sites. Please return it to any pickup site or mail the application to:  Keene Food Services 77 Arch Street Keene, NH 03431


Menus and offerings will vary based on availability.


Technology: Help desk number, (603) 352-0640 ext 3871. For help with the Home user and remote learning click here. We have set our Google platform scanning software to a higher level of security to ensure our students and staff are in a safe learning environment. This software scans our Google environment for any unwanted language, images and outside content. 

Technology and COVID 19 and Remore Learning
We would like everyone to know that the SAU29 Technology Department is here to help. Below are some of the ways we can help you or you can help yourself. We hope this alleviates some of the pressures you’ve been under and we wish you all the very best during this difficult time.

Digital Resources

We understand that many of you have been contacted by outside vendors for free or discounted services regarding online access to websites, free applications, training and learning tools. While many of the vendors are truly trying to help there are many others with more hidden agendas.

SAU29 and its schools are dedicated to protecting student and staff privacy through the creation of policies and administrative procedures and by abiding by State and Federal Privacy Laws.

All employees of SAU29 and its School districts must abide by the policies and administrative procedures of SAU29 along with State and Federal privacy laws.

SAU29 and its schools have many online services, databases, software and apps already in place for remote learning. We ask that you use the systems we already have in place and refrain from requesting new digital resources during this time of extended closure.

If you’re not sure if a digital resource is available you can check the status of approved/non-approved online services, databases, software and apps by going to the SAU29 District Listing on SDPC’s website. If an App shows as approved and the appropriate equipment is available, it can be used and supported in an SAU29 School.

Parents and Students

If you are having issues with technology and remote learning at any one of the SAU29 schools (Chesterfield, Daniels, Franklin, Fuller, Harrisville (Wells Memorial), KHS, KMS, Marlborough, Marlow (John D. Perkins Academy), Nelson, Symonds, Westmoreland or Wheelock) please feel free to contact us at 603-352-0640 x3871 or at helpdesk@sau29.org. We are available from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Staff and Teachers

If you are having technical issues we ask that you submit a work order or contact us at 603-352-0640 x3871. We are available from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Please do not email any of the technicians. They are working on setting up systems to get online learning ready and cannot answer direct email.


Vetted APPs and Websites:  You can check the online vetted site here: SDPC.  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 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for staff only.  All buildings are closed on the weekend.


School GroundsAll 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: