Welcome March! March (2020) marks the beginning of the COVID pandemic as we arre all aware of one year ago. All of our lives have been impacted in one way or another throughout the pandemic and, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, while it has been difficult on many levels, WE have ALL been in this together.
I have no way of knowing how many people are looking at the Community Transmission Slides accessible in the COVID-19 Data section below in the update, but there are some positive indications as we closed out February, 2021. If you do look at the slides, you’ll notice on the final slide, that February had 55% fewer cases of COVID-19 than January did for the State of New Hampshire as a whole. Similarly, Cheshire county had a decrease of 56% from January to February as well. Not a declaration that we are in the clear, but a good sign things are moving in the right direction even with the 3 fewer days February has versus January.
This Friday is the final opportunity to submit your photos for the Unplugged Challenge. The photos that have been submitted are FANTASTIC! It’s great to see the participation in this activity by students, families and from our staff. Thank you to the many contributors thus far and in advance for those that turn them in throughout this week. Details are provided below in the update. I heard from students and staff toward the end of last week that were enjoying the downtime in different ways. It was great to see the rejuvenation that a little time away from the regular routine can bring.
Now that we’re back from the winter break, I’ve added a “School Model” section to the update below where you can track model changes in the different buildings around the SAU. I want to stress that no two buidlngs are the same and situations vary from one site to another. Some buildings have larger spaces with smaller enrollments that allows them to maintain distances of six feet with their students. Others do not have the space to do so with the enrollment numbers they have. Trying to compare what one school or district is doing with another, is not a level comparison. All of our schools are actively looking at ways to increase onsite opportunities for students while maintaining a safe environment. As those opportunities are identified, they will be shared widely with that school community and updated here as well.
Lastly, while the Blizzard Bag Days have been a new approach this year that has impacted one cohort in the hybrid model more than the other, it has provided all of our districts with a concrete date for the end of the school year. It also has provided the Keene High School Class of 2021 with their graduation date (June 18th) far earlier than anyone can remember as it is typically set in early April. The calendars are posted on the School District Calendars page linked for your convenience. If you scroll down a little, you will also find the calendars that have been approved for school year 2021-2022 on that page as well.
In closing, while we entered this pandemic a year ago it is really good to see that things are moving in the right direction. Our state has seen increases in the number of vaccinations being administered for those that fall into the groups (and would like to receive them) identified by state officials in recent weeks. There is an expectation that those efforts will continue to increase as additional supplies are received here in the Granite State. Information on that front can be found on the NH Vaccine Phases page. And while there still is no certainty of when we will truly be in the clear, the one thing that can be guaranteed, at this point, is that we are one day closer than we were yesterday!
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 electronic devices. Please submit your photos to email@example.com 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.
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, 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, March 5th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order. This form is to order meals for remote pick up on Tuesday, March 9th and Friday, March 12th.
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.