Wednesday, 5/20/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update


The first meeting with the Operations Workgroup took place yesterday afternoon. There were about 20 people from around the state in that virtual meeting. After reviewing the main points of the document (STRRT Framework embedded here) that initiated this process, our timeline and norms for the group, we spent considerable time generating survey probes that will be sent out broadly across the state. We are expected to review the survey responses when we reconvene on June 5th so that means that the survey will be sent out for input between now and then. As soon as I have details on that end, I will share them in the update and will more than likely include it in a separate email blast to all of our stakeholders as well.


The viewing of Angst continues through the remainder of the week. If you haven’t had the opportunity to tune in yet, please take a little under an hour at your convenience to do so.  Today we hear from both the Chesterfield Education Association President and the Chesterfield Support Staff Association President encouraging families and staff to view all of the films we are featuring this month. 


I’ve shared the student responses for their favorite non-fiction books from last week’s student challenge at the end of today’s update. Some very interesting titles for folks to consider. I continue to receive daily responses to this week’s challenge, so please encourage your student to send in their response.


As the Governor continues to address the reopening of different types of businesses and facilities around the state, we will be closely monitoring those as we move forward to determine how that may impact our buildings and facilities. It’ll be worth monitoring what effect the lifting of some of these restrictions may have on the overall numbers as our county, as a whole, has only had nine (9) new cases of COVID-19 reported in May, which is considerably lower than that of other areas of the state (yes, I’ve actually been tracking this data since the onset through a spreadsheet I update each morning).


Lastly, a quick word of consideration for all of us to keep in mind. As the weather continues to improve and more and more people are staying active outdoors by walking, running and biking, please be alert. Whether you are partaking in those activities or driving, it is incredibly important to be mindful of the increased activities. I witnessed two runners nearly get hit by a motorist this morning that was rushing into the line of traffic who didn’t see the runners on the sidewalk as they pulled out of a driveway. I think we can all agree that we want everyone to be safe and all of our efforts will certainly go a long way because WE GOT THIS!!!


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 MonthMonday we launched access to our second feature film for Mental Health Awareness Month. Below you will find the link and login information in order to access the Angst online program.


Link to View Angst


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 (still available)

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 week’s challenge is related to Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States and is an observance to honor military personnel that have passed away while serving.  


My challenge to you is to write a brief message to those that have passed while serving our country. You may know someone specifically that has, or maybe you do not. It’s okay either way, but what would you like them to know if they were here today?


I will be tweeting the responses (anonymously) that come in throughout the week and weekend. You can follow them on Twitter by finding me (@rhmalay). Students, please get your parent’s permission before setting up an account. Send your response to me directly by email at rmalay@sau29.org, or through a Google Doc.  This challenge will remain open until Friday, May 22nd at 5pm.  


Special Education: The 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 open for Wednesday, May 27th. Orders MUST be submitted no later than TOMORROW Thursday, May 21st at 5pm.  Please use this meal order form link to place your order.

Meal pick up for Keene is behind Franklin and Keene High School on Wednesday, May 27th from 7:30-11:30am.  No preorder is required

At all pickup locations on Wednesday, May 27th you will receive 5 days’ worth of meals due to the holiday weekend.

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 Orders for additional guidance on this as well as other areas of interest.


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:



Favorite Non-Fiction Books:


  • The Who Was/ What Was Series

  • The Diary of Anne Frank

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  • Bomb - The Race to Build - and Steal - The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

  • Who Was Thomas Alva Edison by Margaret Frith

  • Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

  • Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

  • Guiness Book of World Records

  • Trucks

  • Unbroken: A Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillendbrand

  • Snowflake Bentley - Wilson A. Bentley

  • A collection of Shakespeare plays

  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier

  • Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

  • A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls LaNier & Lisa Frazier Page

  • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

  • Weird But True! By National Geographic Kids

  • Book National Parks: A Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks, By Erin McHugh

  • The Path Made Clear - Oprah Winfrey

  • Dinosaur books