COVID-19

April 10, 2020

Dear SAU 50 Parents, Guardians & Staff,

As we complete Week 4 of implementation for Remote Learning, I want to take this opportunity to recognize the tremendous efforts of our entire SAU 50 staff as we continue to navigate through these unusual circumstances affecting teaching and learning.  Also, I wish to thank our parent community for your patience and understanding during these first four weeks.  I appreciate receiving your emails and phone calls with words of encouragement, sharing your thoughts and ideas, and most importantly, recognizing the fine work of our entire staff. 

Each of my updates is located on the SAU 50 website and I invite you to visit the website to access information.

Decisions on School Closure

During a conference call today, Education Commissioner Edelblut informed school superintendents that Governor Sununu will be making an announcement next week regarding the potential of extended school closures and remote learning.  This decision will be announced on or before April 17th.  In a recent article published by the Union Leader, the Commissioner mentioned that “he believes Sununu would likely extend remote learning”.  Once this decision is announced next week, we will provide that information to you.

Remote Learning Resources for Parents

Please be reminded that a page has been added under the Curriculum tab on the SAU 50 website entitled “Remote Learning Spring 2020”.  On this page, you will find the SAU 50 Remote Learning Plan, a video from Assistant Superintendent Kelli Killen explaining the plan, and the following resources to assist you during this time.

SAU 50 Remote Learning Curriculum Website

SAU 50 Remote Learning Resources for Parents/Guardians Website

Technology Updates

Here are a couple of updates from our Director of Technology, Brian Grattan:

Remote Assistance

We now have the ability to remotely assist staff and parents/guardians/students with district supplied device/computer issues. If the technician determines the need to assist remotely, an email will be sent to the user. We will be developing a video tutorial for parents/students today and placing it on the SAU 50 COVID-19 Technology Support for Staff & Parents/Guardians. The video for staff (you must be signed into your sau50.org email) can be found here: Remote Assistance – Zoho

Web Filtering

We are in the process of introducing web filtering across all schools and devices. It is our intent that the Chromebook devices will be filtered through this new software by early next week and non-Chromebook devices will follow as soon as possible. 

Guidance from New Hampshire Department of Education

The New Hampshire Department of Education has provided guidance for school districts and families on the extension to of remote learning.  The document is divided into eight specific categories including Managing Expectations, Student Screen Time, Special Education, Healthy Habits and more.

Recommendations from the Center for Disease Control

Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels, or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible
  • Practice other good health habits – clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially if someone is ill; get plenty of sleep; be physically active; manage your stress; drink plenty of fluids; and eat nutritious food.
  • Keep children home from school when they are ill. If your student has any of the following symptoms, please keep them home from school: temperature greater than 100, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, any rash not yet diagnosed by a physician, red or pink itchy eye and/or drainage from eye, and any contagious illness such as chicken pox, strep throat or flu. For additional guidance on when to keep your student home, please contact your school nurse.

Additional Resources:

If you have questions about any of this information, please contact the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Division of Public Health Services at 603.271.4496. Additional materials can be found at the following websites:

CDC website
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

DHHS website
https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm

Sincerely,

Salvatore Petralia
Superintendent of Schools
SAU 50

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