Monday, 3/23/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Second, we recognized that meal distribution and remote learning schedules would clash if something didn’t change. Please pay extra attention to the “Meals” update below as newly updated guidance has been added.
With regard to communication, I have heard some concerns about people not receiving messages that have been sent out. Please see the guidance that is included below under the heading of “Communication” for further clarity. Along this line, both staff and families have been sharing their experiences to make remote learning a reality. We will be creating a feedback mechanism to get concerns into the hands of individuals that will best be able to address them. We have also had some people share photos from today which I posted on my Twitter (@rhmalay) account. We also have an SAU 29 account if you’d like to follow (@nhsau29).
 
Lastly, I want to clarify the updates that follow so that you are able to quickly pick out new information from recurring information. If any of the areas have been updated with new information, it will be in bold print. All recurring information will remain in normal print.
 
We have great communities made up of great people. Collectively, we can accomplish anything we put our minds toward. Thank you all for the continued support of our staff as they are bringing it every day to provide for our students!
 
Be well!
Robb
 
Remote Learning:
As mentioned above, the initial responses regarding remote learning have been mostly positive. We have heard from teachers, parents and students. Most have indicated the seamless transition to this framework. Please note that we’re not resting in this initial wave of input as we will continue to collect feedback and make improvements as we navigate forward. We will have a feedback mechanism up and activated by the middle to end of this week. As always, your patience is greatly appreciated.
 
If you have specific concerns that need to be addressed, please see the technology hotline below that is available for our students and staff. You may also want to notify your individual teachers about any obstacles that you are experiencing. The more input and feedback we get in, the better the delivery of remote learning will become.
 
Communication:
We were alerted to an issue about parents not receiving messages that went out toward the end of last week. It seems to be a setting preference for notifications that can be updated individually. If you have been receiving these updates via text message only, please log into your PowerSchool portal and enable the email notification as well. We will be updating our website with common help request to help you find answers quicker go here. We are also asking if you could fill out the survey to help us gather information to help improve online learning in our Districts.
 
Special Education:
Our staff continue to make substantial progress on how to deliver specialized instruction remotely. As of today, all families should have the learning materials and resources that are needed for remote learning. Moreover, your child should have received communication for your child’s special education teacher and/or related service provider regarding remote instruction this week. If you have not heard from these folks or if you do not have the materials and resources needed for remote learning, then please reach out to your building principal at your earliest convenience. Also, please continue to keep an eye out for important FERPA releases that relate to group therapy and confidentiality. Lastly, the Student Services Office continues to move forward with the daily business of Special Education (evaluations, meetings, Medicaid ) remotely.
 
Meals:
Starting today, Monday, March 23 students DO NOT have to be present during meal pick-up. Given remote learning time conflicts, parents/guardians will be allowed to pick up meals for their student(s) and the program will shift the pick-up time for Keene sites. Meals for any student in SAU 29 can be picked up behind Franklin School and behind Keene High School from 7:30am-11:30 am every school day. We will be handing out two days’ worth of meals on Mondays and three on Wednesdays so that families only have to make two trips per week. If you cannot pick up on Monday or Wednesday we will still be open for meal pick up Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If your child cannot be present due to online learning schedules, you can still pick up meals and we will record their first and last name and the number of meals you are picking up.
 
In addition to the two pick up locations in Keene we added an option for those families that live in the surrounding town districts. Delivery to SAU#29 town schools will be made starting today. On Mondays (2 days of meals) and Wednesdays (3 days of meals) for pick up at noon at each school. An email to those eligible will have the order from that will need to be submitted by Thursday of each preceding week. One form per student please. (Note: Harrisville School District delayed implementation until Wednesday March, 25.) Keene High Students living in Winchester may use their town's school lunch program or may opt to use either aforementioned Keene sites. Menus will vary based on availability and we will continue to update families as things change.
 
For further clarification please call Food Services at (603)357-9011.
 
Homeless Students:
The McKinney Vento Liaison for SAU #29 has been working with individual families and their respective schools to ensure that students who are homeless are able to fully engage in remote learning.
 
Technology:
We are getting some positive feedback from teachers and parents. Calls have been coming in and we have been able to answer all questions. We have put together a short survey to gather data to help improve the online learning experience. Go here for help with Google classroom. Please share the help desk number, 355-5351, with students. Bob Miliken and his entire staff will be working to provide technical assistance during this rapid transition.
 
School Buildings:
For this week, March 23 through March 27, all school buildings will be open to staff only. Buildings will limit hours, opening from 7:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. All buildings will be closed on the weekends to all staff.
 
Social Distancing:
While many students may view this period as vacation time, it has the added benefit of slowing down and preventing the transmission of the virus from one person to the next. It is our recommendation that everyone carefully consider the impact of participation in daily routines and activities not only on your own family but also the impact it may have on others as well.
 
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 Resources: