Well it looks like Mother Nature has a focus on Tuesdays. I’m sorry, that wasn’t a nice way to start, let me try again. I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend taking a break from the grind of the week. This will be the last week before the winter break for all of our schools in SAU 29 and a nice opportunity to disengage from the devices and schedules our students, staff and families have been enduring as we continue to forge ahead through this pandemic. I am continually impressed with the efforts that so many have put in to make this work the best that it can be for everyone. THANK YOU!
We’re keeping a close watch on the weather not only for tomorrow, but for the remainder of the week as well. Please know that we are completely aware of how the weather has impacted our Cohort B students, with regard to being onsite for teaching and learning. Our staff is attuned to this as well, and we will continue to identify ways that we can best support this group of students as we move forward. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor(s) and principal(s) with questions or concerns they may be able to assist you with.
On Friday, the CDC released new guidance for schools that we will be combing through during the week. We will also see how this new guidance may or may not influence the guidance that comes from our State Health Officials as well. For those that would like to see what the CDC has published, please use this Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation link. We will communicate any changes to our plan that comes from our state as a result of this new guidance.
I’m going to re-issue a challenge from last April today, with a little spin this time around. The challenge will be to share photos of all the activities that students, staff, families and the community are engaging in while disengaging from or unplugging from electronic devices. Last April, we only asked for folks to list the activities and compiled this Top 5 Unplugged Activities list at that time.
One of my personal favorite unplugged activities resulted in part from that particular challenge as well as from a subsequent challenge issued last spring in which participants submitted their favorite recipe. It concluded with the (linked here) What's Cooking at SAU 29 recipe book. That effort has continued to inspire me to try new recipes at home over the last several months and create some tasty dishes outside of my comfort zone all while staying away from devices. Please send in your photos of the things you’re doing to take a break from the screens (see details below).
Shifting gears a little, you’ll notice the revamped Confirmed COVID-19 Positives section in the update below. These numbers are a reflection of the actual CONFIRMED positive cases that our school personnel has been made aware of from their school communities and shared in this update both for the most recent week as well as the total throughout the school year. Worth noting is that nearly 70% of all confirmed positives across all of our schools came during the period that we were fully remote.
Also worth mentioning is that for the second straight week, all NH Counties (as well as both Manchester and Nashua) have shown a decline in transmission rates. Additionally, the first half of February has resulted in 54% fewer cases for Cheshire County than the first half of December and 67% fewer than the first half of January. Collectively, our SAU 29 towns have seen similar results for the first halves of December (64% less) and January (67% less) then the first half of February. Still not where we would like these numbers to ultimately be, but most certainly moving in the right direction.
That said, it becomes critically important that we are all diligent in following through with the Big 4 in order to Do Our Part in keeping these projections heading in that direction. If we are able to follow through with those particular efforts, we will both individually and collectively Be the Reason we are successful in keeping our schools open for onsite teaching and learning!
In the meantime...
Unplugged Challenge: This is a reissuance of a previous challenge from last spring in which we asked folks to share all of the activities they were engaging in while unplugging from electronic devices. The difference is that instead of just telling us what those activities are, we’re looking for photos of the activities. What we’ll attempt to do with the photos is create some collages showcasing the fun activities people are doing to spend some time away from the electronic devices. Please submit your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 5, 2021.
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 2021
- Cheshire County COVID-19 2021
- SAU 29 Towns Cumulative COVID-19 2021
- SAU 29 Towns Current COVID-19 Positives 2021
- Community Transmission Slides
- 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
- COVID Trends Slides
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.
Mental Health & Cultural Awareness: Below are valuable resources that many people find helpful. Enjoy!
- https://www.edutopia.org/article/back-to-school-resources-parents - GREAT website for anyone looking to ease the jitters of transition, managing screen time for kids and how to get involved in your school.
- 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.
- https://www.naminh.org/resources-2/crisis-lines/ a comprehensive resource for support with mental health.
- 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: NO MEAL PICK-UP FOR FEBRUARY BREAK. If there is a Blizzard Bag/Snow Day on Tuesday 2/16/21, remote curbside meals will be handed out on Wednesday 2/17/21. Due to February break, Blizzard Bag/Snow Day on Friday February 19th, remote curbside meals will be cancelled.
Every student in SAU 29 and all children 18 and under are eligible for free meals through June 2021. Meals for all students in SAU 29 are free at this time. Students are eligible for up to 7 days’ worth of meals per week, remote meals and/or in-school dining depending on the modality of their instruction.
Please read carefully for the schedule of remote meals that best fit your student’s situation as schools have a variety of instructional plans.
- All hybrid students attending school in person 2 days a week (remote 3 days) may receive a total of 5 days’ worth of remote meals each week: 3 days’ worth of meals on Tuesday and 2 days’ worth of meals on Friday.
- Fully remote students may receive a total of 7 days’ worth of remote meals each week, 3 days’ worth of meals on Tuesday and 4 days’ worth of meals on Friday.
- Nelson and Westmoreland students that are in school in person 4 days per week and remote 1 day per week may receive 3 days’ worth of remote meals on Friday.
- Marlborough School students that are in person 5 days per week may receive 2 days’ worth of remote meals on Friday representing meals for Saturday and Sunday.
Please do not sign up under a parent name, use your student name only.
ONLY SUBMIT 1 ORDER FORM PER STUDENT. If you are not sure if you signed up, please call Keene Food Services to confirm.
Please submit your order for the following week's meals no later than 7:00am Friday, February 26th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order. This form is to order meals for remote pick up on Tuesday, March 2 and Friday, March 5th.
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: 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 email@example.com if you have any questions. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. We want to hear from you, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Parents of 6th through 12th grade students: 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.
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.
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.