(Note: There will not be a weekly update released next week, July 5, 2021)
Well, that’s a wrap! We were able to conclude the 2020-2021 school year last week and send all of our students off to the much anticipated, well-deserved and welcomed break for the summer!
Yesterday, we shared the building hours for all SAU 29 sites that go into effect today, Monday, June 28th. Those hours are also listed below in the update for your review and reference. We will post these on our websites as well. Folks that need access to the buildings for any reason are advised to call in advance so that you can be accommodated.
The draft 2021-2022 opening plan is scheduled to be released this week for public input. As the pandemic continues to move in a downward trend, we are approaching the next school year with a much more “back to normal” mindset. There will continue to be a top priority placed on the safety and well-being of our students and staff as well as those that enter our buildings moving forward. And we will continue to do so based on the current guidance from our state health officials as done successfully throughout the past school year.
We will also continue to further analyze student result data with a clear intention of providing the support needed for all students in our schools, fully recognizing that we have students that faced challenges during the pandemic and we also have students that excelled. Meeting the needs of the whole child for all of our students is what we intend to do…..not just academically.
Once the draft plan has been released and the public input portion has concluded, we will finalize the plan and share it widely for everyone to access. I want to pause here for a brief moment, because I believe we all know that no matter what we put together, there will be a portion of folks that will not fully agree with everything in our plan. We also know that there will be folks that completely agree with what we plan. The bottom line is that we simply can not have 4,000 plans in order to effectively and efficiently operate our schools.
So, my request is that when you review our draft, that you consider the parts that may not be exactly how you envisioned them to be, and to reflect on that before responding. We ALL want the same outcomes for students, yours, mine, and everyone else's...Inspiring and empowering every student to succeed! And collectively, we will get there!
In the meantime, please try to take a break from the grind that the past year and a half has bestowed upon all of us and enjoy the things that bring you happiness...whatever that may be. We have all endured a great deal during this time and together, we will rally to reestablish all of the amazing things throughout our communities that make this such a beautiful place to live!
Wishing you a wonderful, relaxing and safe summer!
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: Southwestern Community Services (SCS) has been granted space at the Keene Middle School to offer a summer food program. They will offer breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. starting on Monday, June 28th. For additional information regarding their summer food program contact SCS. For all other inquiries please contact Keene Food Services at 603-357-9011.
Special Education: The final details are being planned for SAU 29’s 2021 Extended School Year Program (ESY). We are especially excited about this summer’s programming as it has been carefully prepared to fit with our concurrent regular education programs. This is a big step for inclusion and instructional diversity for SAU 29’s summer programs. We look forward to this new experience, monitoring the progress of our students and measuring the learning outcomes as we begin our post pandemic journey. If you have any questions regarding special education summer programming or special education in general, please may contact the Student Services Offices at SAU 29 at 357-9001 extension 229 or email [email protected]. The Student Service’s Office is open from Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 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.
All 12th grade students should turn in their Chromebooks to the house office.
All 8th grade students should turn in their Chromebooks to homeroom.
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.
Summer Building Hours
Effective Monday, June 28, 2021, please observe the following hours of operations in all of the buildings within SAU 29. Please call sites in advance if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment.