Tuesday, 4/21/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

 

Many people may be aware of the lawsuit that ConVal filed against the State of New Hampshire regarding the adequacy funding level for public school students.  Without going into a huge diatribe about all of that, it basically charges that the roughly $3,600/student the state sends to local school districts is insufficient given all of the mandates that school districts must adhere to with their public schools.  The case is headed to the NH Supreme Court and I am happy to report that nearly all of our Boards (and possibly all in the near future) have approved a resolution to sign an Amicus Brief in support of that lawsuit. Please note that this does not obligate any of our districts financially to the lawsuit and serves as a broader recognition that districts around the state also support this effort.  I do not have a timeline as to when this will play itself out in the courts, but I wanted to share this with you as we continue the charge with lessening the burden on our local school districts. Please reach out to your elected Board members and thank them for their efforts and their support as well when you get the chance.

 

Speaking of our Boards, we are currently looking at ways to simultaneously broadcast any emergency remote meeting that may occur during this Stay at Home period.  We are collecting information on the various platforms that will help make this possible and will include any changes in this update when they become available. In the meantime, if you have public input you would like to submit to your respective Board, please feel free to submit that input at your convenience to the following staff members:  Chesterfield, Harrisville, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson and Westmoreland - Please send your public input to Jay Gaudry at jgaudry@sau29.org and for Keene - Please send your public input to Shayna Pelkey at spelkey@sau29.org.  They will ensure that your input is included at the next meeting of your respective Board as Board members are unable to do that amongst themselves without a publicly announced and convened meeting.

 

I am also embedding this link to the COVID-19 Cloth Mask Guidance that was released by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services yesterday for your awareness and consideration.  Please note that this guidance does not guarantee protection and does not eliminate the need to continue practicing social distancing, but it does add a layer to help reduce the curve of infection in our community.  Together we can all make a difference!

 

We currently have over 30 pages of raw input from the current student challenge.  The recipes and photos that have been coming in are absolutely wonderful! Thank you to all those that have submitted and if you haven’t done so yet, it’s not too late.  We’ll take submissions until the end of this week (see below for details). For what it’s worth, I am including some of my favorites in this effort as well.

 

I’ll end today with a quote from John Quincy Adams who once said Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”  Stay strong everyone - WE GOT THIS!

 

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:  Please use the links below to access the most recent school board meetings for your respective school district.

 

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 - NSB Meeting Video

Westmoreland - WSB Meeting Video

 

Student Challenge:  Extended to the end of this week is the 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 challenge is over is create a cookbook of sorts for all to use as they see fit.   

 

Submissions should be sent to me directly at rmalay@sau29.org by 5:00PM Friday, April 24, 2020.  

 

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: The order form for meal pick up at a town school location is now open for orders to be picked up on Monday April 27th and Wednesday April 29th. Orders MUST be submitted no later than this Thursday April 23rd 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 Rafferty 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.

 

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.  

 

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: