I hope that everyone had a nice weekend. The weather yesterday was certainly appreciated now that we’re in the middle of December. Unfortunately, the forecast for the remainder of this week is a little suspicious and may result in implementing our “Blizzard Bag” procedures. We’ll keep a close watch on that as well.
There are some important updates that will be made to the Comprehensive Opening Plan with regard to travel and quarantining as guidance from our state health officials has been modified. Many of our folks on staff have been meeting weekly with health officials to understand why the guidance has been updated so that we are clear on what that will mean for our schools and districts. Our School Nurses have been proactive in taking this information and identifying how this will best be incorporated in our plan. We will be reviewing all of this information when we meet on Wednesday for finalization. As soon as that has been completed, I will be certain to share the updates with everyone. Please stay tuned for that update.
We’re still on target for final decision making on the return to onsite learning for January 4th on December 28th. We have been following all of the data that is released by the state on a daily basis and have made it available for your review in the update below. This information is updated daily and shared each week. The one exclusion this week is in the Community Transmission slides. I omitted the color coded map of the state as it has not changed for several weeks now. When it starts to change, I will reintroduce those maps into the slides.
On a slightly different note, I’d like to continue the friendly reminder of reaching out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor(s) and principal(s) with any concerns that you may have at this or at any time. All of our staff are committed to assisting as much as they can, but they really need to hear from you in order to do so. Thank you to those that have connected with our teachers, counselors and principals and thank you to our teachers, counselors and principals for efforts in assisting our families and students as well.
Lastly, I promised to deliver the outcomes of the most recent student challenge this week. They are available for your viewing pleasure at your convenience below. A special thanks to our music programs for the background music that accompanies the presentations and to our folks that pulled this together. Today I’ve included the responses to the “What I learned in 2020” prompt. There are two parts to this response with some incredibly insightful input from students in all grades, kindergarten through twelfth grade. As difficult as 2020 has been for most (if not all) of us, there are some very deep principles that our students shared from their perspectives that I hope you enjoy reading as much as I did. Thank you to all of the students that sent in their responses! Next week I’ll share the “What I look forward to in 2021” responses right before we go into the holiday break!
Student Challenge: We had quite a number of responses from students in all school levels. Thank you to all the students that sent in their replies. Here is the first installment of the results of that challenge. These are the responses on the “What I learned in 2020” prompt. Next week we’ll bring you the “What I look forward to in 2021” portion. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Due to the holiday break, the final meal pick up of December will be on Tuesday, December 22nd. Each student will receive 5 days’ worth of meals. The order form is now open to sign up for meal pick-up Tuesday,December 22nd. Only use your student's name when placing the order, do not use a parent name. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order.
The program will resume after the break for meal pick-up on January 5th and January 8th and the order form for those days will be open starting December 28th. Families have 10 locations to choose from with a variety of times covering most of the day.
Please mark your calendars to remember to pick up your meals next Tuesday. 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 and Students, Chromebooks should be used for your school work only. Please do not eat while using your school issued Chromebook. We are experiencing high volumes of damaged Chromebooks due to spills. 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.