Before I go any further, I would be remiss if I didn’t pause for a moment and extend my gratitude and appreciation to our teachers (and our entire staff) today as it marks the beginning of National Teacher Appreciation Week! Throughout the course of this pandemic our teachers have demonstrated how truly professional they are by working relentlessly to meet the needs of their students through a variety of instructional models. I have seen countless messages on how many teachers throughout our schools have gone above and beyond to ensure their students continue to progress academically. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our students!
With that, I certainly hope that everyone had an enjoyable April break! We’re now in the stretch run of the school year and all of our schools are fully back in person for onsite teaching and learning five days a week! By all accounts that I have received, this morning went as smoothly as possible with the increased number of students being dropped off at our schools. Thank you to everyone for Doing Your Part to make things go as well as possible today! We’ll continue to monitor both arrival and departure moving forward.
I was able to spend a good chunk of time at our largest school this morning (KHS) during arrival. During that time, you could feel the energy and the excitement of having some semblance of “normalcy” from both the students and the staff. It was a much welcomed feeling after nearly 14 months since the onset of the pandemic. I spoke with a lot of students as they entered the building and asked if they were happy to be back. With a couple of exceptions where I got a long drawn out semi-sarcastic “suuuuurrreee” students said they were happy to be back. I also received that similar feedback from the handful of staff that I was able to catch before classes got underway as well.
However, I do want to continue to remind everyone that while things are returning to some level of normalcy, we are still not out of the woods quite yet. Starting next week, I will be including a third metric (from the CDC) in the COVID-19 Data section below relative to our county’s transmission rates that will help illustrate where we stand across all three measures. These measures help keep us all informed of what the pandemic is doing in our communities as a whole. For now, I have just included the two metrics we’ve been reporting for several months now.
Please continue to exercise the Big 4 as it relates to our schools. Screening - Masking - Distancing - Hand Hygiene have been a large factor in why we have not had any transmissions in our buildings to date. While we have had cases of COVID-19 within our school communities (also reported below), we have not had a confirmed transmission in any of our buildings thus far. If we all continue to Do Our Part, we will make it to the end of the school year without transmission occurring in our schools, so thank you for your efforts on that front in keeping everyone as safe as possible.
That should do it for now, except I would like to wish all of the moms out there a very happy Mother’s Day this weekend! I hope that you are able to enjoy yourselves as much as possible! Stay safe everyone and...
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.
Confirmed COVID-19 Positives that our school personnel are aware of from the beginning of school year 2020-2021 (numbers from 1-4 will be suppressed to help protect individual privacy). These are aggregated so that it does not identify either student or staff and provided in both the most recent weekly totals as well as the totals for the entire school year.
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.
Meals: Every student in SAU 29 and all children 18 and under are eligible for free meals through June 2021. Regardless of learning plan meals for all students in SAU 29 are free at this time. If students are attending in-person they may receive free meals during their regular lunch period and will not be eligible for remote meals.
ONLY fully remote students and students that do not attend a public school will be entitled to pick up remote meals curbside as outlined below.
- Students attending school fully remote with 5 remote days per week will receive 5 days’ worth of meals available for Wednesday pick-up.
- Students not enrolled in public school may receive 5 days’ worth of meals available for Wednesday pick-up.
Please do not sign up under a parent name, use your student’s name only.
SUBMIT ONLY 1 ORDER FORM PER STUDENT. If you are not sure if you signed up, please call Keene Food Services to confirm.
There will not be remote meals offered over the April break. Please submit your order for the following week's meals no later than 7:00am Friday, May 7th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order. This form is to order meals for remote pick up on Wednesday, May 12th.
Please contact Keene Food Services with any questions. 603-357-9011
Screening Assessment: Please continue to complete the screening assessment each school day. This allows our school nurses to continue to monitor and provide support with regard to the health of the school community. Please note that we are not requesting that this be done on the weekends, holidays or breaks, only on days that school would typically be in session.
Special Education: The needs of students with disabilities are enormously important. As always, your first point of contact is your child’s special education teacher or building principal. Please reach out to them anytime and share your thoughts. You may also contact the Student Services Offices at SAU 29 at 357-9001 extension 230 or email [email protected]. The Student Service’s office is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. We want to hear from you, Thank you!
https://bookauthority.org/books/best-special-education-books; the 38 best special education books of all time.
https://childmind.org/article/back-to-school-anxiety-during-covid/ - learn how to help kids handle fears and gain independence with returning to school.
https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/supporting-your-childs-mental-health-during-covid-19-school-return - Learn how to support your child’s mental health during Covid-19 school reopenings.
https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/how-to-teach-your-kids-to-fight-hate-an-age-by-age-guide/ - An anti-racism, age by age guide on how to talk with your kids about this difficult topic.
Please if you have not already picked up your students Chromebook for the 1:1 program we need you to print and sign the agreement HERE .
We can not release the Chromebook to your student until we get a signed agreement. Please send the agreement in with your student.
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.
Clever academy for teachers: Login to your clever account and click on the question mark in the upper right corner of the screen and choose Clever academy.
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.