Friday, 4/17/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


When this whole COVID-19 pandemic started to ramp up it was stated in one of our early meetings that this particular situation will bring out both the best and the worst in people.  In one of the updates after we shifted to remote learning, our Information and Technology Department warned everyone about scams that were lurking out there through email. They advised that you delete emails from people you don’t know or emails from people that you do know that seem to be on the strange side of things.  It was good advice that I hope people are keeping at the forefront of their minds when they scroll through their emails. 


Today I learned there are also efforts by wrongdoers to infiltrate your personal information being sent out by text message.  It’s really a crummy thing for anyone to do but the crummy level of these efforts are amplified as they are using the pandemic in their scam.  Please beware of text messages that read something along the line of “Someone who came into contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for COVID-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested. More at COVID-19anon.com/alert” and DO NOT click on the link.  This is a scam for people to get into your world.  Health organizations will not send you a text message of this nature and would contact you directly.  I hope that you share this information with others so that they don’t fall into that trap as well.  


We’ve added some updates below for your review and information.  I have also included the results of the survey from earlier this week.  As I mentioned yesterday, I will be working through all of the topics submitted in the last question and will remain committed to addressing them as quickly as we can.  There were over 400 in total.


Just some friendly reminders as we head into the weekend.  Please remember to keep yourself and those you hold dear safe as we continue through these times thus making the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin just as important today as it was when he stated in 1736 - “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Also remember the importance of self check-ins as well as check-ins with others to make sure they are alright as well.  


And so I will leave you with this embedded link to the Gloria Gaynor classic that I shared with the central office staff this morning during our remote meeting.  Have a great weekend!


Happy Friday and Be Well,

Robb


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.


School Boards:  The school boards of SAU 29 have been meeting in compliance with the guidance that was developed for these emergent times.  While the meetings do not include public input as they typically do, the boards are accepting written public input for consideration.  Please refer to the meeting notifications on how to submit your input to your respective school board.  


Additionally, the meetings that are being held are also being recorded and posted for viewing if you are so inclined to watch.  Links to those videos are embedded below for your convenience.


Chesterfield -  CSB Meeting Video

Harrisville -  Harrisville School Board(video to come after April 27th meeting)

Keene - KBE Meeting Video

Marlborough - Marlborough School Board (video to come after April 21st meeting)

Marlow - MwSB Meeting Video

Nelson - Nelson School Board (April 6th meeting video to come shortly)

Westmoreland - WSB Meeting Video


Communications Survey: Here are the results from that survey (see top right of this page).  We’ll continue to work through all of the open ended comments/topics that were also submitted with this survey.


Student Challenge:  Submissions keep rolling in….THANK YOU!!!!!  This challenge remains open until the end of next week.


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 rmalay@sau29.org 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 rmatte@sau29.org.  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 rmatte@sau29.org.  Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Thank you!


Meals: If you signed up for meals in the towns, you will pick up your meals at 12:00 on Monday and Wednesday at the school you selected.


Meals in Keene are available for pick up behind Franklin and Keene High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30-11:30am.  No pre ordering is required for pick up at Franklin and Keene High School. At every location, on Mondays you will receive 2 days’ worth of meals and Wednesdays you will receive 3 days’ worth of meals.


The order form for town pick-up sites for meals on Monday April 27th and Wednesday April 29th will open on Monday.  The link is the same each week. Please use this meal order form link to place your order.


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 Calendars: You can use this link to view your district’s calendar:  SAU 29 School District Calendars.  The 2020-2021 school year calendars can also be found using this link.


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: