Monday, 11/1/2021 - SAU19 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

Now that October is behind us, we have made it through the longest stretch of the school year for the majority of our schools.  Going from Labor Day in September until our SAU wide professional development day tomorrow, will have covered 40 consecutive school days.  And our students and staff have done an amazing job!

We continue to maintain five days a week of in person teaching and learning.  The ability to do this is because of the collective efforts of everyone!  To that, I say THANK YOU!  Thank you for Doing Your Part in keeping our schools safe.  It is greatly appreciated and while it may be difficult at times, it continues to be valuable in continuing with the five days in person structure.

As you may be aware, some of our schools have implemented voluntary asymptomatic pool screening and/or rapid result testing for symptomatic students in their building.  These are strictly “Opt-In” programs for those that wish to participate and fully intended to make these services more accessible for families.

Similarly, with the FDA’s authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years of age, many of our schools are looking at ways to host clinics for those that wish to participate.  I need to stress that this is NOT a requirement for anyone, but an effort to make this service available for those that want it.  As soon as information is finalized, specific details will be sent for folks to consider. 

Shifting gears a little, thank you to those that responded to the "Blizzard Bag" survey that went out last month. In total, we had nearly 1,700 responses. The aggregate results are HERE for your review.  This was both informative and helpful for the committee to review all of the input that was received.

Lastly, I want to remind everyone that there are A LOT of good things happening in our schools.  Things that we can all be proud of whether we are in the middle of a pandemic or not. They are what makes our communities great places to live and to raise a family.

From the Racial Unity Team’s Art & Poetry Challenge 3rd place recognition at Nelson School, to the programs from the Harris Center, High 5 Outdoor Adventure and NHDI in many of our schools, to the band and choral concerts that were recently held at KMS and KHS, to the State Championships from our Bass Fishing and Girls Cross Country teams and the soon to come productions of “Sleepy Hollow” and “All Together Now” there’s a lot to celebrate and be proud of! 

You can find these reasons to celebrate and many more on both our SAU 29 and KSD Facebook pages. There truly is a lot we can be proud of and I hope as we continue forward that we can all appreciate the good that we do have.  In the meantime, please continue to stay safe and...

Be Well,

Robb

 

Meals

School meals remain free to all students for the 2021-2022 school year and include the reimbursable eligible meal for both lunch and breakfast. However, we strongly encourage you to send in your Free and Reduced applications.  NOTE:  These applications do not currently affect a student’s ability to receive free meals, if they are returned, it could mean that you will not receive a disruption in service if the current policy expires for next school year.  Additionally, those eligible applications are used to determine funding levels in many federal programs including Title I Entitlement grants. So please complete those applications.

Like many of today’s goods and services, the District is experiencing disruptions and delays in receiving food and supplies that we need to implement the school lunch program.  Demand is high and supply is limited.  Please understand that our staff is working hard to secure food and supplies so that we can meet all of the posted menu offerings each day.  However, we have had to make substitutions more often than usual.  We expect these challenges to continue.  We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointments these substitutions cause and appreciate your patience and understanding.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Keene Food Services at 603-357-9011.

 

E-Flyer Distribution Program   

Community partners share information and opportunities for our students and families through flyers.  All flyers are posted on our website and can be found by going to this E-Flyer Distribution Program embedded link.

 

Career Opportunities Available  

If you are interested in making a difference in local education, please consider joining our team.  In these challenging times it’s difficult to staff all our positions.  You can make a difference!  There are positions available in many of our schools, and some positions allow you to make your own schedule and work when it’s convenient for you. Our Substitute and Tutor positions do not require previous experience.  We will provide you with the training needed.  Please visit our website at www.sau29.org today and complete an application.  Our new substitute pay rates are located hereContact the SAU 29 Human Resources Department at humanresources@sau29.org with questions.

 

Special Education 

The needs of students with disabilities are enormously important.  As always, your first point of contact is your child’s special education teacher or building principal.  Please reach out to them anytime and share your thoughts.  You may also contact the Student Services Offices at SAU 29 at 357-9001 extension 230 or email rmatte@sau29.org.  The Student Service’s office is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  We want to hear from you, Thank you!

 

Technology  

Technology support during COVID-19:  Please see the update.

All high school students should turn in their Chromebook permission slip to their house office.

Parent 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.

PowerSchool Update:  PowerSchool online registration help can be found here.  Please remember to fill in the YouTube permission form for KMS and KHS.

Clever Academy for Teachers:  Login to your Clever account and click on the question mark in the upper right hand corner of the screen and choose Clever Academy.

Help Desk Number: (603) 352-0640, x-3871. For help with the home user please click here.

 

COVID Related Information

Face Covering Decision  

The face covering decision will be issued every Friday using the matrix shared by NHDHHS.  Please be on the lookout on Fridays for that information in your email or visit our website and click on the banner at the top of the page.

Statewide COVID Data 

Statewide data and additional resources are readily available and accessible by visiting The New Hampshire COVID-19 Response Page

 

Stay Tuned – Coming Shortly

November 2nd - SAU 29 Professional Development Day (no school for students).

November 11th - Veteran’s Day (All buildings closed)

November 24th - 26th - Thanksgiving Break

For additional calendar events, please visit https://www.sau29.org/ and scroll to Upcoming Events.