Thursday, 4/23/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

So amidst everything else that has been going on, I was remiss and must apologize for not highlighting Earth Day yesterday. The colder than normal weather may have played a part in my forgetfulness but nonetheless, I apologize for not mentioning it yesterday when I should have.  Be that as it may, it certainly does not devalue the importance of looking after our planet as a global community and given the current circumstances that we are all facing, perhaps there are some activities that may be worth considering as we head into the weekend.  I’ve found the Earth Day Network website to be a great resource on how we can individually and collectively make a difference in preserving our planet for future generations to come.  I hope that you are able to find some value in this resource as well.

Giving kudos to those that deserve them is something that I’ve tried to continuously do within the daily update.  From our students to our staff to our parents and families, your efforts continue to be amazing, thank you.  I try to recognize the collective efforts of groups of people (really so that I don’t forget to mention individuals) and would like to give a huge shout out to the City of Keene staff for their efforts in supporting essential workers.  They have been positioning themselves along main roadways to wave in support of those that continue to go to their workplace and keep some form of stability available for all of us.  Nicely played by the city staff and I’m confident we all echo their appreciation to all of our essential workers out there!  Thank you for doing what you do, it is truly appreciated!

As you’ll see below, today is the deadline to place orders for meals for our town schools.  Please use the link in the update under meals to make sure your requests are logged and prepared.  They need to be in by 5pm so that food can be ordered for next week.  You’ll also see that tomorrow will bring a close to the favorite recipe challenge.  Unbelievable the amount of responses we’ve had so far and if you would like your child(ren)’s favorites included, you have until tomorrow to get it submitted.  

Lastly, I wanted to share the words of the creator of the Happiest Place on Earth, Walt Disney, who once said:  All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.”  Stay strong everyone, be well and know that WE GOT THIS!

Be Well,


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 - MbSB Meeting Video

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].  Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00.  Thank you!

Meals: PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY, APRIL 23RD BY 5:00PM FOR NEXT WEEK’S MEAL PICK UP AT THE TOWN SCHOOLS. The order form for meal pick up in the towns will close today at 5:00pm for meals on Monday, April 27th and Wednesday, April 29th. Orders must be submitted no later than today at 5pm.   Please use this meal order form link to place your order.

Meal pick up in Keene remains behind Franklin Elementary and Keene High School on Mondays and Wednesday from 7:30-11:30am.  No preorder is required.

At all locations you will receive two days’ worth of meals on Mondays and 3 days’ on Wednesdays. 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 [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.  

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 [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: