Thursday, 4/16/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


Today, Governor Sununu announced that we will be continuing remote learning through the end of the school year.  There was a great deal of speculation that this was going to be the case, and now we know with certainty that it is in fact the case.  Please don’t let this discourage you or your children from finishing the school year as strongly as you can. Our amazing staff continues to stand ready to offer support in the best interest of all of our students.  If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child(ren)’s teachers, counselors and principals. We stand committed to making remote learning the best that it can be, but fully understand that it does not compare to being in an actual classroom with a teacher and other students.


With that, the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association officially canceled all spring sports for this year.  I know this is a major disappointment for our student athletes as they have been looking forward to their seasons. I am truly sorry that this decision had to be made and I hope that you will continue to hone your activities regardless as there will once again be a day when you get back on the playing fields and courts.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  I am working with the Keene Paraprofessionals to make some valuable resources available for our families and our staff during that month.  As soon as we have final details on what that will mean I will share that with all of you for your consideration.  


I had the opportunity to meet (remotely) with the Keene High School student officers and advisors earlier today along with the Principal.  What a great group of people with such a positive approach to everything that we are experiencing at this time. While we don’t pretend to have all of the final answers that our graduating class is looking for, I do want to let you know that we are working on finding ways to honor the Class of 2020.  Similar discussions will likely take place in all of our schools throughout the SAU and plans will be shared in due time.


The survey that we had out there this week is now closed.  We had 999 responses come in and to be perfectly honest with you, I haven’t had the opportunity to review the results...yet.  I will likely dive into the general results tomorrow and share those outcomes in the update for all to see. I will get into the open comment portion over the course of next week and get those inputs to the people that will be best able to address them.  Thank you for your participation.


Finally, I’d like to share this Edutopia Video with you that includes one of our very own teachers in SAU 29.  I hope you enjoy this as teachers, students and families all over the country and the world are learning how to make this work….and quite honestly, doing an OUTSTANDING job!


Oops, I have one more final thought for today.  If you’re looking for some entertainment this weekend, please take a look at the line up the One World: Together at Home has for Saturday night.  It may be a great evening of entertainment.


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:  Results coming tomorrow, stay tuned.


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 5:00 PM 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.  In addition, 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 am to 3:00 pm. 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 is (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: