Travel Update

April 5, 2021

Dear Families and Staff:

As spring vacation approaches, we know that students, staff, and families are ready for a much needed and well deserved break. We know how hard everyone has worked to keep both our in-person and remote students and staff able to teach and learn safely. This has involved diligence among our families and staff to refrain from travel for leisure and taking all necessary COVID precautions daily. We hope you will help us to remain COVID free following the school break. To do so, we recommend the following:

Students and staff who live in New Hampshire - Governor Sununu has opened up domestic travel for families and staff living in New Hampshire without a requirement to quarantine. Although these changes have been made at the state level, we strongly recommend that if you travel domestically, you follow guidelines more closely aligned with the CDC when you return.

Students and staff who live in Vermont - Vermont has also opened up domestic travel for families and staff living in Vermont without a requirement to quarantine. All unvaccinated Vermonters must be tested, using a PCR test, within 3 days upon reentry to the state. Although these changes have been made at the state level, we strongly recommend that if you travel domestically, you follow guidelines more closely aligned with the CDC.

The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. Most students and staff will not be fully vaccinated at this time. If you do travel domestically, and are not fully vaccinated, we recommend that all students and staff quarantine for 3 to 7 days, and get a PCR test on day 3, and return once one receives a negative test result. We know that this is not convenient; however, it is in the best interest of students and staff and will allow us to have school remain open and in-person. The safety of our students and staff remains at the forefront of all we do. Your adherence to these rules will help us to remain COVID free.

In closing, we hope you have a wonderful break. Please let your child’s school know if he or she will be quarantining following travel. This will help us to keep our schools open for the remainder of the school year. Enjoy your break!


Robin Steiner
Assistant Superintendent

COVID Notice HHS 3-26-21

Dear SAU 70 School Community,

Because it's Friday, I have another COVID notice to share.  This appears to be another isolated case, but please find the official letter attached.

Have a great weekend, but let's not let our guard down!

Jay Badams

COVID letter 3-26-21

COVID Announcement - March 13, 2021

Dear SAU 70 School Community,

Please see the attached notice regarding a case of COVID-19 at Hanover High School.

Thank you,

Jay Badams

COVID letter 3-13-21

COVID-19 Notification - March 5, 2021

Dear SAU 70 School Community,

Please see the attached letter regarding a COVID-19 case at Hanover High School.

Thank you,

Jay Badams

COVID-19 letter March 5, 2021

COVID-19 Notification - December 14, 2020

Dear SAU 70 School Community,

Please see the attached letter regarding a COVID-19 case at Richmond Middle School.

Thank you,

Jay Badams

COVID19 letter NH 12-14-20

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear SAU 70 School Community,

By now, everyone has heard the nationwide call to hunker down.  In NH, and especially Vermont, our governors have urged and even ordered us to restrict our interactions and to avoid travel.  While our schools have remained safe harbors amid the resurging pandemic, we will need to act with caution to keep them open.  Experts continue to insist that if we all mask, distance, and wash our hands diligently, we can slow the spread of the virus.  I’ve attached a recent publication from CHaD reviewing our local situation and recommending our way forward.

Even as we continue to cope with the pandemic, I hope that you are all able to use this break to relax.  I know that consciously or not, between the pandemic, the election, and the recent social unrest in our country, I have been working with much more than my normal stress level and I’m sure that you have too.  This week, I plan to spend time letting some of that extra stress go.  Our Thanksgiving holiday will be much lower key than usual, but we plan to make the best of it - and we certainly have much to be grateful for.

That said, I don’t need to wait for next Thursday to share my gratitude with this school community.    Were it not for the incredible, collaborative effort of our students, staff, parents, and community, we could not have carried out such a successful first quarter.  Research continues to mount that shows just how important restoring in-person schooling has been for our children, and I am deeply grateful for all that you have done so far.   If you’re looking for some background music for the holiday, I would dedicate two songs to all of you: “My Thanksgiving,” by Don Henley, and “Kind and Generous,” by Natalie Merchant.  They say it much better than I can.

Enjoy the break,


CHaD Statement on Schools.11.16.2020.pdf 

Holiday Travel Update - November 16, 2020

Dear SAU 70 Families,

Please read the attached letter for important information about our procedures during the upcoming holiday season.

Thank you!

Jay Badams

Travel Families.pdf 

COVID-19 Notification - November 6, 2020

Dear SAU 70 Community,

Please read the attached COVID-19 notice.  We have initiated contact tracing and will provide updates as soon as possible.



COVID19 letter 11-6-2020


Transportation Update

Transportation (Updates as of October 1 are in italics)

Busing will be used for student transportation, following CDC/Public Health guidelines.  

Due to physical distancing recommendations, the capacity on our buses will be limited.  Therefore, pre-registration is required by August 18th.  A pre-registration form for parents to share their needs will be made available on August 13th.  Parents will be asked to transport children when possible.  Open ridership will be suspended until further notice.  Route and seat assignment, location, and pick-up times will be determined and communicated to parents by August 26th.  Based upon the volume of requests, routes and drop off times may be affected.

Students will be assigned seats utilizing a left and right position alternating pattern, although we know students alone in a seat will gravitate to the window side; which actually increases the distance between students side to side. There will only be 1 student per seat unless they are in the same family and then students may be seated together.  All riders will be required to wear masks.  In order to practice recommended health guidelines, hand sanitizer will be available on each bus.  Loading at campus will be managed by school personnel.  All windows on the bus will be opened to maximize airflow when possible.

We have been discussing the increased ridership needs and will after much discussion with administration, medical experts and Hanover Town Health Officer, be evolving from the original plan of 1 student to a seat unless there is familial relationship.  The Vermont and New Hampshire regulations both allow for 2 students to a seat as long as masks are being worn, a practice that we will be moving towards with a couple of caveats.  If students are traveling 15 minutes in transit or less to their stop, they may be asked to sit together and every effort will be made to place them with a cohort classmate.  If students are traveling more than 15 minutes, they will only be placed with a cohort classmate or an approved neighborhood, family friend.  Updated best practice guidelines are to arrange student seating by age group with the elementary students up front, middle school students after them and high school aged students in the back.  If we begin experiencing any higher local infection rates, we will need to revisit the plan and possibly make changes to be sure and accommodate students who live further distances from the schools.

Buses will have enhanced cleaning and sanitization by the transportation vendor - Student Transportation of America.  Bus monitors will be screening students upon entry.  Parents should remain with their elementary-aged students in case their screening makes them unable to board.  Middle and High School aged students should have a predetermined return-to-home protocol established with their parents.

Special education transportation will be managed in a manner similar to and consistent with regular education.  Exceptions and other arrangements will be made for students who, for medical reasons, may not be able to wear a mask.

COVID-19 Notice, October 16

Dear SAU 70 School Community,

Please find notice of our most recently confirmed case of COVID-19 below.  We will provide additional information as it becomes available.


Jay Badams

Covid Notice 3.pdf 


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