I hope that everyone had a pleasant weekend. The weather folks are indicating milder temperatures throughout the remainder of this week, so hopefully everyone will be able to enjoy more outdoor activities now with the later sunset after changing our clocks yesterday.
In case you missed it, we were able to get our first batch of educators in to begin the vaccination process on Saturday, March 13th. The public health network has been extremely helpful in identifying time slots for our staff to participate in this process and we were able to fill all of the slots they allocated for us! We will have additional slots opened up for us this week and we will continue to work hard to get our folks that want the vaccine in the queue to get that underway. To date, we had 9.4% of the more than 500 staff members that signed up get started this past weekend and anticipate that number growing to 28.6% by the end of this week. We are expecting that all that have signed up to at least receive their first dose before the end of this month!
I recognize that while the vaccines continue to be administered, there is a big sigh of relief many in our communities are feeling. I do want to stress that we all need to continue being cautious about keeping ourselves and others safe while this continues forward. The numbers in our county are not going down as quickly as they are in other counties around the state which suggests that we are truly not in the clear just yet. You’ll also see in the Community Transmission Slides below in the update that the charts for our 0-9 year old and 10-19 year old populations have shown a slight increase since last week’s update. Please continue to use the Big 4 not only when going to our schools, but when you’re out and about in the community. Together we can all make a significant difference and help prevent further spread of the virus in our county, town, neighborhood and schools. Thank you in advance for doing your part.
There have been some modifications to some of the guidance that has been put out by our state health officials that we will continue to review and update with regard to our school guidance. I acknowledge that I am delinquent with reviewing some of the vaccine guidance as all efforts last week were prioritized to getting our staff moving forward with the vaccination process. As soon as that and other updated information is finalized, I will zap it out to everyone for their review and understanding.
In the meantime, please continue to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor(s) and principal(s) with any questions or concerns you may have. Our folks continue to work incredibly hard in the delivery of educational services and related services, which is why I continue to be the proudest Superintendent in the world. I’m keeping this update on the short side and returning back to the effort of getting our staff vaccinations moving forward, please continue to be safe!
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.
District Meetings Information:
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!
- 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.
- https://www.naminh.org/resources-2/crisis-lines/ a comprehensive resource for support with mental health.
- 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.
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)
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.
-Chesterfield, Keene Grades K & 1, Nelson, Perkins Academy, and Westmoreland students that are receiving in-person learning 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’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.
Please submit your order for the following week's meals no later than 7:00am Friday, March 19th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order. This form is to order meals for remote pick up on Tuesday, March 23rd and Friday, March 26th.
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.
School Model: As of March 1, 2021
- Chesterfield: Fully onsite for all grade levels four days per week and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
- Harrisville: Hybrid model and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
- Keene: Hybrid model and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year. Planned shift for grades K-1 to fully onsite four days per week beginning March 18.
- Marlborough: Fully onsite 5 days per week for all grade levels with a remote only option for students.
- Marlow: Hybrid for grades 1-2 only and fully onsite four days per week for all other grade levels and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
- Nelson: Fully onsite for all grade levels four days per week and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
- Westmoreland: Fully onsite for all grade levels four days per week and continued the remote only option for those that selected that model at the beginning of the school year.
Special Education: Special Education works 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 9th 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.