Monday, 6/15/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


Wow! There are really no words that can fully capture the moments that took place on Friday and Saturday in celebration of our students. The great lengths our schools and our communities went to in order to make these celebrations memorable was absolutely fascinating and truth be told, I’m still in awe. There were balloons and streamers and bubble making machines. There were messages of love and pride tattooed on vehicles of all shapes and sizes. There were community partners and local agencies that helped by playing a role. There were families with smiles from ear to ear. There were staff members that couldn’t resist that one last look at their students. There was energy, enthusiasm and quite honestly a level of relief. And of course, there were the students. Our amazing students who look to all of the adults in their lives for guidance and support and had their entire universe turned upside down on March 16th. Yet there they were, ready for their moment in the spotlight, ready to let those in attendance know without a shadow of a doubt, that they DID IT!  You know what, they most certainly did.


This evening we have our final three celebrations. It will bring our total to thirteen, which many may suggest is an unlucky number. I personally think that through all of the evidence that has been demonstrated and that we have all witnessed makes thirteen a pretty lucky number in my humble opinion. In fact, it was thirteen weeks ago that we closed our schools to begin preparing for remote learning in thirteen buildings and here we are celebrating all of the efforts that have been put in during that time. So this evening, when the students, families and staff of John D. Perkins Academy in Marlow, Chesterfield School and Marlborough School conclude their celebrations, let us all breathe a sigh of relief for a job well done.  A job that included the effort of countless hours by an incredible number of individuals for the betterment of the 4,215 people that are our students, our children, our future!


I’m keeping this chart in the main body of the update for now and will modify it as we move forward.   

Last Day for Students

Monday, June 15

Chesterfield School, John D. Perkins Academy of Marlow, Nelson School, Symonds Elementary, Westmoreland School

Tuesday, June 16

Marlborough School, Wells Memorial School of Harrisville


Huge shift in gear here. Beginning on Monday, June 22nd, we will reopen individual public access to our outdoor facilities. Social distancing shall be practiced by users of the facilities. Please note that there are some exceptions to openings for folks to be aware. All of our playgrounds will remain closed as we do not have the personnel to properly sanitize them in accordance with recommended guidelines. Additionally, the track at Keene High School has begun a renovation project that will take significant time to complete. Other locations may be closed for fertilization or turf maintenance. Please observe any fields that are marked closed to allow us to maintain the fields. If an outdoor facility is not marked and its access gate is unlocked then it is open for individual public use. Please do not remove closed signs or damage locked access so we can progress through our summer maintenance to be ready for fall competition. Finally, organizations and teams that wish to use any of our outdoor facilities must arrange to do so through the facilities use process established by each district. That process can be found in district policy available on our websites. If you need further assistance with that process, please reach out to your school in Chesterfield, Harrisville, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson and Westmoreland.  In Keene, please contact the Buildings and Grounds Office.


We’re working through the final survey bank items in order to complete the survey structure that will be shared with stakeholders regarding the opening of the 2020 - 2021 school year. Our timeline has that survey being sent out this week, so please stay tuned for the release.  Regardless of what the opening ends up looking like when we return in the fall, know one thing above anything else. WE have proven that we can do anything we put our minds to and whatever the framework looks like in August when we resume school, there should be no question that WE GOT THIS!


Be Well,

Robb


School Year 2020-2021 Opening: In order to best prepare for the return to schools we need to consider all possibilities to most effectively provide for our students, staff and families. More specifically, we need to be prepared for models that could look like the following:


  1. Being fully onsite as we were prior to the pandemic.
  2. Some form of being onsite and being remote.
  3. Being fully remote as we have been since the start of the pandemic.

The primary objective is to have a flexible plan in place for the three models of returning to school for the 2020 – 2021 school year.


Our timeline to help us fulfill that objective looks like this:

Timeline

Goal

Status

Week of June 1st

Populate focus groups and begin building a survey item bank.

Complete

Week of June 8th

Finalize survey item bank and build survey for stakeholder input.

Complete

Week of June 15th

Launch survey for stakeholder input to provide local data to help inform decisions.

In Progress

Week of June 22nd

Synthesize survey data and begin building for the 3 models.

Planned

Week of June 29th

Prepare draft plan for opening of school year 2020 - 2021.

Planned

Week of July 6th

Share draft plan for stakeholder feedback and input.

Planned

Week of July 13th

Revise and finalize the draft plan (as needed).

Planned

Week of July 20th

Publicize final plan for the opening of the 2020 - 2021 school year.

Planned


Mental Health AwarenesAs 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 rmatte@sau29.org.  


Resources:

  • 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.
  • A Mom's Retreat - A podcast on managing anxiety.

Responsible Social Media Use:  As mentioned in the June 3rd update, the responsible use of social media can be an asset or a liability for individuals. It is critical that we teach (and reinforce) as well as model responsible use of social media with our children/students.  Here are some resources that may be of assistance:


20 Tips from Smart Social

Safe and Responsible Social Networking 

Social Media Etiquette

Social Media/Media Literacy Responsible Use

Social Media Responsibility 

Social Media Responsibility and Etiquette


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 -  HSB Meeting Video

Keene - KBE Meeting Video

Marlborough - MbSB Meeting Video

Marlow - MwSB Meeting Video

Nelson - NSB Meeting Video

Westmoreland - WSB Meeting Video



Special Education: After careful thought, discussion and analysis, it has been decided that extended school year (ESY) instruction and related service therapies will be an extension of remote learning. We appreciate everyone's flexibility and patience as we weighed all options before making this important decision. 


As always, please reach out to the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email rmatte@sau29.org. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00.  Thank you!


Food Service

Today was the final meal pick up in the towns marking the end of our regular school year program.

Updated information regarding summer meals and food options will be communicated soon for all SAU 29 districts. There are organizations planning to offer summer meals. Those organizations providing the summer meals are still working on the details of the locations, days, and times for pick up. As soon as we have more information, we will send an email with details and contact information.

Technology:

KMS- Drop off of the Chromebooks will start on the 15th and 16th. Please contact the school for the assigned day. 

KHS - Drop off will be at the auto shop.

Please contact your school for more information on times and where you should drop off the devices. Make sure you have the power cord with the device.

Help desk number, (603)352-0640 ext 3871,  For help with the Home user and remote learning click here


Phishing attempts:  We have had another phishing attempt. We have blocked the person that is attempting to scam us. Please read this document for more information.


We 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.  


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. 


Reporting AbuseIf you see something, please say something.  You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  


Additional Resources:


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.


June 18-19:  All buildings in SAU 29 are closed.

June 26:  Rescheduled floating holiday from April 24.


School GroundsOutdoor facilities will be opened on Monday, June 22nd. Playgrounds will remain closed as proper sanitization can not meet recommended guidelines. Organizations and teams wishing to use the facilities must arrange to do so through the facility use process.  Contact your respective school district for further information. Users of the facilities shall continue to practice social distancing while on school grounds.


Social Distancing:  Please refer to Governor Sununu’s Emergency Orders for additional guidance on this as well as other areas of interest.


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 rmatte@sau29.org


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: