Monday, 11/16/2020 - SAU29 Covid-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


By now, you are aware that we are shifting to a fully remote structure on Monday, November 30th with the intent to resume onsite teaching and learning on January 4th. As stated in the letter sent on Friday: Our students and staff have done an incredible job keeping transmission from happening in any of our buildings thus far.  However, with the rapidly increasing number of positive cases of COVID-19, both in Cheshire County and across the State of New Hampshire, we realize that this may not be sustainable. To give a visual of the influx of cases (and because access to data from NHDHHS has been hindered throughout the weekend as noted by this message): "Update: We apologize for the intermittent connectivity experienced on the New Hampshire COVID-19 Dashboards located at https://www.nh.gov/covid19. The Dashboard Service is currently undergoing system maintenance and will be restored by November 16, 4:00 pm EST."

 

Important to note in the chart below the total number for the first 15 days in November in comparison with any of the monthly totals previously recorded:

 

Month

NH Total Cases

Cheshire County Total Cases

March

367

3

April

1779

37

May

2505

17

June

1131

19

July

801

14

August

692

44

September

991

23

October

2818

56

November (1st - 15th only)

3587

119

 

Also from Friday’s letter: In order to give people time to prepare for this transition, we are making this decision now, before that decision is made for us as a result of an outbreak in a building. If, however, there is an outbreak prior to November 30th, that school will shift immediately.  Please, please, please continue to be diligent in completing the screener honestly and not going to any building when not cleared.  We absolutely want to preserve the last few days prior to Thanksgiving before we go remote.  We can get there, but it will take all of our efforts to do so.

 

I realize that there may be a lot of questions that people would like answered at this time.  Please know that our schools are fine tuning things now and will be sending out additional information in the not too distant future. I (really we) thank you for your understanding and your patience while this happens.  

 

I don’t believe there are many people that feel this will be easy for anyone.  I do believe that we can all make this period the best that it can be by working together.  As always, you are encouraged and welcomed to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor(s) and principal(s) at any time.

 

In the meantime, please continue to be safe and practice those safety measures even when you see that others may not be.  

 

Be Well, 

Robb

 

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.

  1. NH COVID-19 2020
  2. Cheshire County COVID-19 2020
  3. SAU29 Towns Cumulative COVID-19 Data 2020
  4. SAU29 Towns Current COVID-19 Positives 2020

 

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:

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    Webinar ID: 831 8228 4764


Do Your Part
:  Here are the 7 short videos that were created from the Do Your Part Challenge that was issued to all stakeholders.  A huge thank you to those that participated and we’re looking forward to the next challenge that is issued.

 

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 AwarenessBelow are some resources that may be helpful:

 

 

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

 

Additional Resources:

 

Meals: Please note: Due to the Thanksgiving recess, there will be no meal pick up on Wednesday November 25th.  Monday’s meals will be included in the November 18th distribution. Every student in SAU 29 is eligible for FREE breakfast and lunch for each day of school through the USDA which is now extended until 6/30/2020 or until funds are exhausted.

 

All Districts in SAU 29 are moving to remote instruction starting after Thanksgiving recess.  We will continue to offer lunch and breakfast for pick-up, for all students free of charge.  The meals will be increased to seven days of meals per week.   Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning Tuesday December 1, 2020. Each Tuesday, students will be eligible for 3 days’ worth of meals. Each Friday, students will be eligible for 4 days’ worth of meals. This will cover the entire week or 7 days of breakfast and lunch meals each week. 

 

An order form will need to be submitted by Friday at 8:00am each week preceding the pick-up week.  Orders must be picked up the following Tuesday and Friday at the location selected on the order form.  The link for the order form will be available next Monday. 

 

Please note, meals are provided for students only. Please call Keene Food Services at  603-357-9011 with any questions. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

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 rmatte@sau29.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 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.

 

Technology: 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.

 

COVID19 Daily self screening Convenient MD : You can find the links to your students schools here along with videos to help walk you through using the page. 

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