I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break! It was nice of the weather to cooperate and expand the ability to be outside for longer periods of time as well.
Today we started the remote learning period for all of our schools with the intention of returning to onsite learning after the holiday break on January 4th. Our staff have been busy winding up the final onsite days last week and preparing for today’s launch into remote teaching and learning. There have been a lot of messages that have come out to ensure that everyone has all of the information that is relevant for their student(s) from individual schools and specific teachers. If there is any question on what your student(s) daily schedule is, or you are uncertain about expectations, please contact your child(ren)’s teacher, principal or counselor immediately. We all want to clear up any confusion that may exist and your feedback will help in that effort.
Some specific updates below to draw your attention to include:
- Covid-19 Data: The community transmission report that has been provided was relocated below with the other data sets.
- E-Flyers: Flyers that have been approved are posted for your consideration.
- Meals: The procedures for the continuation of meals for all SAU 29 students.
- Screening Assessment: Although remote, we are requesting continuation of using the screening assessment.
- Technology: Gentle reminder about email scams and phishing attempts.
Going to launch a new student challenge this week. It’ll be open until December 9th in order to give us enough time to compile and share with the December 14th update. Our students have sent in a number of outstanding responses with challenges during the spring and I’m certain that this will have its share of great input. See below for details and to share with your student(s).
That should just about do it for now. I know you’ve likely been overwhelmed with emails and messages over the last week, so this was deliberately kept on the short side of things. We will continue to communicate information so that everyone is informed from my office, your child(ren)’s school, and from our amazing staff! We have 15 total school days until the holiday break. We will diligently be monitoring the state and county data throughout this time (and beyond). And I know, although it may be difficult at times, that we will most definitely get through this! Please continue to stay safe.
Student Challenge: 2020 has taught us a number of things about ourselves and about life in general. We have all been tested in ways that we never have before. The challenge to each of our students is to:
- Share what you learned either about yourself or life in general during 2020.
- Share what you most look forward to in 2021.
Please, no personal attacks on any person or people, try to think of something positive you have learned. Submit your responses by 5pm on Wednesday, December 9th to email@example.com. Before you do, check with your parents/guardians so they know what you are submitting as well.
We will share responses anonymously for others to reflect on as we head into the holiday break and bring 2020 to an end.
COVID-19 Data: Providing all of the COVID-19 data that we have been tracking since the onset of the pandemic back in March, 2020.
- NH COVID-19 2020
- Cheshire County COVID-19 2020
- SAU29 Towns Cumulative COVID-19 Data 2020
- SAU29 Towns Current COVID-19 Positives 2020
- Community Transmission Slides - Relocated here for those that like to look at the data.
City of Keene Racial Justice and Community Safety Commitee Public Forum: One of three public forums being hosted by the City of Keene Racial Justice and Community Safety Committee to gather public input that will guide the committee’s recommendations to the City Council. There will be three forums, one for each of the following topics:
1) Laws, Policy & Policing, 10/29/2020 6pm-8pm
2) Community Education & Schools, 11/17/2020 6pm-8pm
3) Social & Community, 12/02/2020 6pm-8pm.
Please click this URL to join: https://www.zoom.us/j/83182284764
Or join by phone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or 833 548 0276 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 831 8228 4764
E-Flyer Distribution Program: As a reminder, there are many flyers that our schools are asked to send home throughout the school year. We also post these flyers on our website and it can be found by going to this E-Flyer Distribution Program embedded link.
Mental Health & Cultural Awareness: Below are some resources that may be helpful.
- https://www.novanthealth.org/healthy-headlines/6-ways-to-help-school-age-kids-navigate-fully-remote-learning to help readjust to remote learning.
- https://www.calhoun.org/blog/blog-stories/~board/calhoun-stories-blog/post/tips-for-helping-your-child-adjust-to-distance-learning to help adjust to remote learning.
- https://www.unicef.org/parenting/talking-to-your-kids-about-racism to help talk with your children, our students about racism. This article covers ages ranging under 5 years old, between 6-11years old, and 12+.
- https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/5-ways-stand-against-racism-and-injustice/37355 This article addresses acceptable ways to condemn racism.
- https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/how-white-people-can-talk-their-kids-about-racism/37361 This is a great way to start a conversation about racial issues with your kids. Racism thrives in silence.
- The 5 Signs to help you identify and support others who may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time, or at any time.
Reporting Abuse: If you see something, please say something. You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.
- Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention - We’re here for you 24/7. You don’t have to be in crisis to call. Call our hotline at: 603-352-3782 or 1-888-511-MCVP
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Meals: Free Meal Distribution: Every student in SAU 29 and all children 18 and under are eligible for free meals through June 2021. While SAU 29 districts are fully remote there are two pick up days each week representing 7 days worth of meals.
Pick-up will be on Tuesdays (3 days worth of meals) and Fridays (4 days worth of meals). Families have 10 locations to choose from with a variety of times covering most of the day.
The order form is now open to sign up for meal pick up Tuesday, December 8th and Friday, December 11th. Please see the link below.
Please submit your order for the following week's meals no later than 7:00am, Friday, December 4th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order. Please only use your student's name when placing the order, do not use a parent name.
Please mark your calendars to remember to pick up your meals on Tuesday and Friday. Please contact Keene Food Services with any questions. 603-357-9011
Screening Assessment: It is our intent to return to onsite learning after the holiday break on January 4th provided transmission rates have subsided. As such, we are requesting that the screening assessment continue to be submitted during this period. It will allow our school nurses to continue to monitor and provide support with regard to the health of the school community.
Special Education: Special Education continues to work very closely with building leaders to ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are met. As always, please reach out to your child’s special education teacher or building principal with questions. You can also contact the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Thank you!
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@example.com.
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.
Technology: Please be aware of unsolicited email and advertisements. There are a lot of scams going on right now and it is important to be aware of email phishing efforts. Things to look out for are:
- Emails from unknown senders.
- Emails that look like it is someone you know but the address is not the correct address.
- Ad links in social media advertisements that ask to send cookies.
All of the listed above are common email scams. To better protect your school email it is also recommended not to use your school email for online shopping or social media.
Teachers, we have installed some software for remote teaching. Currently we have Kami which integrates with Google classroom. Screencastify will let you record your computer screen to share with the class. You can also have your image in the corner of the screen as you record the lesson. EquatIO Easily add equations, formulas, graphs to G Suite for Education. It has a scientific calculator, and periodic table charts.
Parents, please make sure you fill in the online registration for your students. It is important to have all the correct information in place.
Technology support during COVID19: Please see the update.
Power School update:
Power school online registration help can be found here.
Please remember to fill out the youtube permission form. For KHS and KMS
Help desk number, (603)352-0640 ext 3871, For help with the Home user and remote learning click here.