Wednesday, 4/15/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

It never ceases to amaze me at how quickly information travels throughout society all over the world.  Factual or not, complete or incomplete, partial or impartial, information moves faster now than it ever has before and people focus on the bit(s) that matter most to them.  This leads to the overabundance of confusion in our society that is both unnecessary and avoidable. We see this happen on many levels, but the one thing that I have worked hard to do, is provide our stakeholders with factual information as it becomes available.

With that, it is still unclear exactly when the Governor will address the duration of remote learning for New Hampshire schools.  It is expected that we will hear something before this week comes to a close, but I am certainly not guaranteeing that. I stand ready to pass on that information in our update when it is available.  However, it is highly likely that you will have heard that information prior to me disseminating it in the update anyway as information really does travel quickly.

Today’s update will be noticeably shorter and that is because in part, there is no new information in the sections that follow.  The sections below continue as they appeared yesterday for the most part and were included today in the event that somebody didn’t see them before.

However, I do want to encourage our students to submit to me directly their favorite recipe to make or to eat (with photo if possible).  My team is standing ready to put together a book of favorite recipes to share with everyone and this is your opportunity to share your favorite(s).  Thank you to all of the students that have shared already and to those that have not shared yet, you have until 5pm on Friday to get yours submitted.

The current survey that is still open for input will be closed at 5pm tonight.  If you have not weighed in on the questions that were asked, please do so in order to have your perspective included.  You can access the survey by clicking on the embedded link for the SAU 29 Communication Survey here or below in the update.   I intend to take all of the topics that folks have shared synthesized so that we can prioritize how to best address them moving forward.  Do note that it will take some time to complete that process as we have over 300 responses to that question. I’m also going to try really hard not to send out a survey next week but I know that if we need to, our fantastic communities will answer the call for feedback.

Lastly, I see that there is some suspicious weather that may be heading our way in the early morning hours tomorrow.  I promise you will not receive a text or phone call from me in the early hours if that weather does come our way.

Be Well,


School CalendarsThe adjusted school calendars for 2019-2020 have been posted to the SAU 29 website for your review.  You can use this link to review your district’s calendar:  SAU 29 School District Calendars.  The 2020-2021 school year calendars can also be found using this link.

Remote Learning: If you are experiencing any difficulties with your child’s remote learning or have questions regarding what is expected, please start by asking your child’s teacher.  Our teachers are doing a GREAT job of continuing the teaching and learning process through these adverse circumstances and can provide immediate answers or direct your questions accordingly.

Communications Survey:  In order to best meet the needs of the majority of our stakeholders, we have created this brief survey for your consideration.  Please take a couple of moments to share your perspective so that we can best serve you. Simply click on the embedded link SAU 29 Communications Survey.  The survey will only be open for a couple of days and will be closed at 5:00PM today, Wednesday, April 15, 2020.  Thank you once again for providing your input!  It really does help.

Student Challenge:  Submissions have started rolling in….THANK YOU!!!!!

For this week, I’m issuing a call to all students to send me their favorite thing to either make or to eat.  If you can, include a recipe to share and a photo of the dish you created. Submissions could be a breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, appetizer, soup, or whatever you’d like to submit.  It may take a little longer, but what I’d like to do when this week is over is create a cookbook of sorts for all to use as they see fit. I may be biting off more than I can chew with this one, but like I said, I like to eat!  

Submissions should be sent to me directly at [email protected] by 5:00PM Friday, April 24, 2020.  

Mental HealthAs always, please reach out to your child’s team of school counselors or school nurses if you need support or assistance during this challenging time. If you are not sure who to contact, please call or email your child's building principal.  If you are unable to reach someone, please contact the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email [email protected].  Here is a resource guide The 5 Signs to help you identify and support  others may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time.  Thank you!

Reporting AbuseIf you see something, please say something.  You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  

Special EducationThe special education and related services staff continue to provide specialized instruction and related therapies from a distance.  In addition, the paraprofessionals, across all seven school districts, continue their important work of assisting and supporting online instruction. Tutors continue to engage in highly applicable professional development, led by Assistant Superintendents Dorothy Frazier and Brian Campbell.  Lastly, the special education department is moving forward with the daily business of Individualized Education Plan Meetings (IEP), transition meetings and Extended School Year Services meeting (ESY) for those students that qualify. As always, please reach out to the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email [email protected].  Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00.  Thank you!

Meals: The order form for meal pick up in the towns is now open for meal pick up Monday April 20th and Wednesday April 22nd. Orders MUST be submitted no later than Thursday, April 16th at 5pm.   Please use this meal order form link to place your order.

Meal pick up for Keene is behind Franklin and Keene High School On Mondays and Wednesday from 7:30-11:30am.  No preordering is required.

Monday you will receive 2 days’ worth of meals. Wednesday you will receive 3 days’ worth of meals. 

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 now have Kami as a part of the Google classroom for Teachers and students. Click here for the 1st time login instructions. Click here for the help with getting started with Kami.  

   A tip from Nancy Raferty at KMS. Control Alt Achieve is a great site and resource for help with Classroom and many other online lessons.  We are working on a way to use Youtube in our schools however it is not available at this time due to an age restriction.  

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 [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 and Remote Learning Resources: