Friday, 5/15/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,


Woohoo! It’s Friday once again. While today’s weather has brought warmer temperatures, it looks like tomorrow and Sunday morning will be great opportunities to get outside and really enjoy the fresh spring air. I hope that you are able to spend some time outside and relaxing a little the next couple of days.  


I want to give a big shout out to another group of our unsung heroes here in the SAU, our Information/Technology Department. These folks have been cranking it since the start of remote learning making certain that equipment and software programs were up and functioning. They have continually provided and staffed a “Help Desk” hotline not only for staff, but also for students and families as well. They have provided helpful links for everyone in the updates that can assist people with a wide variety of questions and/or concerns. Today, the technology team notified me of a Phishing attempt that they have detected showing increased activity with regard to our SAU email addresses. It appears that the bad people with bad intentions are now mimicking administrators throughout the SAU with their attempts. Please see the important information below so that you are not inadvertently opening something that may cause harm to your computer, network or even your identity. Great job IT Team and THANK YOU for all of your hard work and your efforts!


I have shared that we have some level of representation on the School Transition Reopening and Redesign Taskforce (“STRRT”) in our region. I have been assigned to the Operations Workgroup and we are scheduled for our initial meeting on Monday, May 18th in the late afternoon. In full transparency for everyone’s awareness, I am also establishing a small group of administrators to start the groundwork on how we will be working through this for our schools and our districts as well. We will be reaching out to other stakeholder groups to ensure that we are getting input and information from those with the expertise and to capture questions and concerns as well. We’re not ready to expand that conversation yet, but once we are, I will communicate the steps we will be taking BEFORE any final decisions are made. You can bank on having the opportunity for your input to be included prior to getting to any finalization of future plans for our area schools and districts.


It is also important to know that we have one (1) of only three (3) Business Administrators asked to join a discussion with the Commission on School Funding on May 21st.  Access for the public will be made available at a later date, but we are very fortunate that Tim Ruehr, the 2019 NH School Business Administrator of the Year recipient was asked to be included. Tim will undoubtedly do an outstanding job of championing our schools and districts as they focus on what state funding goes into the definition of what is required for an adequate education. Tim’s inclusion with the Commission on School Funding now gives our SAU representation on two (2) critically important statewide efforts.


You will still be able to access the film “Like” throughout the weekend before we shift to our next feature film next week. Information is included in the update below on how to access the films.  Today, we have a special double feature from the Marlborough School District encouraging families and staff to take advantage of the films. Use the embedded links to view the Marlborough School Board Chair and the Marlborough Education Association President messages.


As it is Friday and we are heading into the weekend, some friendly reminders to keep in mind:

  • Continue to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor and principal with any concerns you may have regarding remote learning.  They, like you and I, only want the best for all of our students.
  • Remember your check-ins to make sure that you and those you hold dear are still doing well. It’s probably been the longest roller coaster ride that anyone has been on and we still don’t know when it’ll stop.
  • Try to schedule some time to celebrate you for all that you have done!

Lastly, I’m resharing the top ten songs that were most commonly submitted with the previous challenge with embedded links for your listening pleasure as we get into the weekend. I hope that you enjoy your weekend and this song list because WE GOT THIS!

Lean on Me - Bill Withers 

Underdog - Alicia Keys

Happy - Pharrell Williams

Rise Up- Andra Day

Believer- Imagine Dragons

Old Town Road - Lil Nas X

High Hopes - Panic! At the Disco

Fight Song - Rachel Platten

Blinding Lights - The Weekend

Champion- Carrie Underwood


Happy Friday and Please Be Well,

Robb


Remote Learning: If you are experiencing any difficulties or concerns with your child’s remote learning or have questions regarding what is expected, please start by asking your child’s teacher. Our teachers are doing a GREAT job of continuing the teaching and learning process through these adverse circumstances and can provide immediate answers or direct your questions accordingly.


Mental Health and Mental Health Awareness MonthOn Monday, May 18th, we’ll have the information for accessing our next film “Angst” available in this section. Please stay tuned for that.

This past Monday we began our feature films for Mental Health Awareness Month. Below you will find the link and login information in order to access the LIKE online program.


Link to View "Like"


Login: sau29@indieflix.com

Password: sau29


The remaining schedule for the films will be as follows:


May 11-15:  Like a film about the impacts of social media.

May 18-22:  Angst a film about anxiety in our youth.

May 25-29:  The Upstanders a film about Cyber-bullying.


A friendly reminder that we have limited viewings for each film, so it is really important that households only access one of the viewings. This will allow more of our families and our staff to be able to watch the films as well.


As always, please reach out to your child’s team of school counselors or school nurses if you need support or assistance during this challenging time. If you are not sure who to contact, please call or email your child's building principal.  If you are unable to reach someone, please contact the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email rmatte@sau29.org.  


Resources:

  • 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.
  • A Mom's Retreat - A podcast on managing anxiety.

School Boards:  Please use the links below to access the most recent school board meetings for your respective school district.


Chesterfield -  CSB Meeting Video

Harrisville -  HSB Meeting Video

Keene - KBE Meeting Video

Marlborough - MbSB Meeting Video

Marlow - MwSB Meeting Video

Nelson - NSB Meeting Video

Westmoreland - WSB Meeting Video


Student Challenge:  This may take a little longer than it looks at first, but here’s this week’s challenge for those that wish to participate.


Please list your favorite(s) to the following, and why:


  1. Non-Fiction Book
  2. Fiction Book
  3. Play
  4. Poem
  5. Quote

You can answer all or part of the challenge as you may not have a favorite for each of the categories. Simply send your response to me directly by email at rmalay@sau29.org, or through a Google Doc.  This challenge will remain open until today, Friday, May 15th at 5pm.  


Special EducationThe special education and related services staff continue to provide specialized instruction and related therapies from a distance. Moreover, our paraprofessionals and tutors are providing important assistance and support with remote instruction. In addition, the special education department is moving forward with the daily business of Individualized Education Plan Meetings (IEP), transition meetings and Extended School Year Services meetings (ESY) for those students that qualify. As always, please reach out to the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email rmatte@sau29.org. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00.  Thank you!


Meals: The order form for meal pick up in the towns is now closed for Monday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 20th . If you signed up for meals in the towns, you will pick up your meals at noon on Monday and Wednesday at the school you selected.


Meals in Keene are available for pick up behind Franklin and Keene High School on Monday and Wednesday from 7:30-11:30am.  No pre ordering is required for pick up at Franklin and Keene High School.


At every location, on Monday you will receive 2 days’ worth of meals and Wednesday you will receive 4 days’ worth of meals representing Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Tuesday after Memorial Day. 


The order form for meals on May 27th will open on Monday, May 18th.  The link is the same each week. Menus and offerings will vary based on availability


Technology: Help desk number (603) 352-0640 ext 3871. For help with the Home user and remote learning click here


Phishing attempts:  We have had another phishing attempt. We have blocked the person that is attempting to scam us. Please read this document for more information.


We have Kami as a part of the Google classroom for Teachers and students. Click here for the 1st time login instructions. Click here for the help with getting started with Kami.  


Vetted APPs and Websites:  You can check the online vetted site here SDPC  Look up the App and website by company. We have added more to the list as we get them back from the Vetting team. 


Reporting AbuseIf you see something, please say something.  You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  


Additional Resources:


School Calendars: You can use this link to view your district’s calendar:  SAU 29 School District Calendars.  The 2020-2021 school year calendars can also be found using this link.


School Buildings: Building hours are 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for staff only.  All buildings are closed on the weekend.


School GroundsAll school playgrounds, fields, and other outdoor facilities are closed until further notice.  


Social Distancing:  Please refer to Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order 17 for additional guidance.


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 and Remote Learning Resources: