Dear SAU 70 School Community,
A big THANK YOU!!! to our entire staff for a tremendous week of preparation to keep our school system operational! We look forward to beginning our remote learning efforts next week, and again invite you to provide feedback as we collaborate to keep our students learning and connected to school. News of increased numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19, and even worse, fatalities, continues to raise anxiety and disrupt our routines. Many of us are feeling uncertain, worried, and even fearful. In my own home, we're doing our best to stay positive, find fun things to do together, and help each other to follow recommended social distancing and hygiene practices. Like many of you, we're working together to adapt to both working and learning remotely, and dealing with child care challenges.
But at home and at work, I've also seen the signs of stress, strain, and worry. It can be tough to see the bright side, but all around us, this crisis is bringing out kindheartedness and compassion. At work, I've been lucky to see our food service staff, bus drivers and educational assistants eagerly stepping up to help us get meals and educational materials ready for our students. I've observed our teachers, counselors, specialists, and administrators working together to plan lessons, ramp up technology tools, communicate with staff and families, and take care of each other. I've spoken with many people who are helping our local restaurants stay afloat by using their take-out services. We are a strong community. We are a caring community. I have no doubt that we will rise to this challenge and get through it together.
We will need to help each other stay strong though. I spoke with several groups of students today who had gathered at the HHS turf field to play lacrosse, football, and soccer. I spoke to them about the importance of social distancing and hand washing. I think it's hard for them to appreciate the seriousness of this situation because there are no obvious signs of danger. I stopped short of clearing the field and ordering it closed, because the football players were all children from a single family, and those playing lacrosse were staying well beyond six feet from each other, only touching the ball with their sticks. I was torn too, because our children need to socialize. Being outdoors and physically active seems important, as long as we help them do so safely. Please help keep them safe by reminding them often about social distance, and good hygiene. Our Hanover High School nursing staff has put together a reminder for all of us, which I've attached here -
I would also like to thank a community member for pointing out some inconsistencies in the video attached to yesterday's counseling letter. I also failed to include contact information for our school counselors. You'll find those email addresses below, and you will find vetted links to the most accurate COVID-19 related information in the body of today's letter from our nurses.
Please have a safe and restful weekend!
SAU 70 Counselors:
Hanover High School
Richmond Middle School
Marion Cross School
Ray Elementary School