Well that was certainly an extremely warm weekend! I hope that everyone enjoyed the nice weather to some extent or another. It looks to be a little cooler for our three day weekend coming up, but certainly pleasant enough to take in the fresh outdoor air nonetheless.
Speaking of the three day weekend, when we come back next Tuesday, we’ll be in June! That’ll leave us with less than 20 school days in all of our buildings until we close out the 2020-2021 school year. As such, those last days of school have typically been early release days. I’m sure that your school(s) has/have notified you of the schedule for the last day, but here it is again:
I’ll put this in the update below starting next week so folks will be able to refer to it if they have any questions on the release time on the student’s last day of school.
Last week I talked a little bit about the end-of-year celebrations and focusing on what they are as opposed to what they are not. I mention this again because all of our sites are truly working on putting together a memorable event to celebrate the efforts that have been made throughout the entire school year. It may look differently from one building to another, but each celebration will be the best one ever if we all make it just that. The celebration season kicks off this week as we will be recognizing the Keene Community Education graduates later this week. It will be a little different than it has been in years past, but it will be a fantastic event to recognize the accomplishments, perseverance and resiliency of those that will be graduating.
There is a slight change to the Comprehensive Opening Plan that needed to be made, because the links to the guidance that we were following has changed. Here is where the change was made as indicated in red:
Athletics: Participation in all athletic activities SHALL comply with:
- The established State of New Hampshire guidelines for Amateur and Youth Sports, AND,
- The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Return to Sports guidelines, AND,
- The procedures set forth in this document, AND,
- The procedures set forth in the accompanying site specific plans for the school of attendance.
I gave the Community Transmission Slides a little bit of a facelift this week that you’ll notice if you open that link in the update below. There are 2 new slides included that show the daily new cases in Cheshire County and all 7 of the SAU 29 towns during the month of May. These charts also include a trend line so that you can easily see what direction things are heading. While things are moving in the right direction, our county is still in the “red” in 2 of the 3 metrics I’ve included in the Cheshire County COVID-19 2021 link below. What is also encouraging is that our number of active cases has dropped by 50% since last Friday. If those trends continue, as it has for the State of New Hampshire as a whole, our county will be looking much better sooner than later.
Please continue to reach out to your school with any questions or concerns you may have at this time. Please continue to exercise the Big 4 as we wind down the school year. We are right at the tail end of the school year and still have not had a confirmed case of transmission within any of our buildings thus far (again knocking on wood). About a year ago, I shared a movie clip about how putting your best effort forward can propel you to accomplishing more than you thought was possible (see: video link here). Today, I want to share with you a true story about never giving up. When you have time, I hope that you can see the value in this 3 Minute Video and appreciate what Derek Redmond did accomplish more than what he did not. Stay safe everyone, and...
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.
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: Every student in SAU 29 and all children 18 and under are eligible for free meals through June 2021. Regardless of learning plan, meals for all students are free at this time. If students are attending in-person they may receive free meals during their regular lunch period and will not be eligible for remote meals.
ONLY fully remote students and students that do not attend a public school will be entitled to pick up remote meals curbside as outlined below.
- Students attending school fully remote with 5 remote days per week will receive 5 days’ worth of meals available for Wednesday pick-up.
- Students not enrolled in public school may receive 5 days’ worth of meals available for Wednesday pick-up.
Please do not sign up under a parent name, use your student’s name only.
SUBMIT ONLY 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, May 28th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order. This form is to order meals for remote pick up on Wednesday, June 2nd.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.
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.
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.