I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer despite the much needed rain we have been getting lately. It’s always been a welcome time of year for many if not most folks.
I want to thank everyone that provided their feedback and input on the draft opening plan. All of that input is being reviewed and considered as we work on finalizing the opening plan for next school year. It is important to note that in the Better Than Normal plan, we shared a couple of weeks back, it is stated that we will follow guidance from the State of New Hampshire and our health officials. I mention this for a couple of reasons.
First, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes recommendations on a large scale that includes all states, territories and tribes in the United States. One of their key recommendations is to follow your local health officials guidance as they are responding to what is happening (or not happening) on a smaller scale. They offer that because oftentimes local health officials guidance varies from the broader CDC guidance as circumstances may differ in the various parts of the country. Likewise, states may also differentiate their guidance for different regions within the state.
The other thing I want to share is in regard to vaccinations and mask wearing. The New Hampshire Department of Education issued this technical advisory in June regarding this matter linked for your review if you’d like. In short, schools and/or districts CAN NOT require COVID-19 vaccines. Nor can schools and/or districts require masks for those that have not been vaccinated. If that guidance changes, we are committed to responding accordingly.
And with that, I would like to shift gears and welcome Dr. Ben White to our SAU 29 team. Dr. White joins us as an Assistant Superintendent with the task of filling the shoes of Dotty Frazier who has served our students so well throughout the entire SAU. I could write several pages on all that Mrs. Frazier has done and meant to our schools, students, families, and staff, but I will simply wish her all the best in her newest chapter and say THANK YOU Dotty!
Dr. White has hit the ground running and will continue to support our efforts throughout the SAU. Please join me in welcoming Dr. White and extending that community spirit that makes all of our towns such wonderful places to live. We’re glad to have Dr. White aboard and look forward to his involvement and engagement as we shift back to Better Than Normal!
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.
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.
Meals: Southwestern Community Services (SCS) has been granted space at the Keene Middle School to offer a summer food program. They will offer breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. starting on Monday, June 28th. For additional information regarding their summer food program contact SCS. For all other inquiries please contact Keene Food Services at 603-357-9011.
Special Education: Extended School Year Programming (ESY) is underway for SAU 29 School Districts. We are especially excited about this summer’s programming as it has been carefully prepared to fit with our concurrent regular education programs. This is a big step for inclusion and instructional diversity for SAU 29’s summer programs. We look forward to this new experience, monitoring the progress of our students and measuring the learning outcomes as we begin our post pandemic journey. If you have any questions regarding special education summer programming or special education in general, please contact the Student Services Offices at SAU 29 at 357-9001 extension 229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Student Service’s Office is open from Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Thank you!
https://bookauthority.org/books/best-special-education-books; the 38 best special education books of all time.
https://childmind.org/article/back-to-school-anxiety-during-covid/ - learn how to help kids handle fears and gain independence with returning to school.
https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/supporting-your-childs-mental-health-during-covid-19-school-return - Learn how to support your child’s mental health during Covid-19 school reopenings.
https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/how-to-teach-your-kids-to-fight-hate-an-age-by-age-guide/ - An anti-racism, age by age guide on how to talk with your kids about this difficult topic.
All 12th grade students should turn in their Chromebooks to the house office.
All 8th grade students should turn in their Chromebooks to homeroom.
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.
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.
Summer Building Hours
Effective Monday, June 28, 2021, please observe the following hours of operations in all of the buildings within SAU 29. Please call sites in advance if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment.