This has been a busy week and I believe the students and staff are settling into new routines. I have visited classrooms and it's refreshing to see the teaching and learning taking place in both settings. We will continue to review the protocols as the school year continues and make amendments to insure a safe and productive learning environment for all students.
Please continue to reinforce the new protocols:
To wear a mask at all times, except for lunch in advisory
Maintain 3' minimum physical distancing, 6' when possible.
Do not leave backpacks and belongings unattended in the hallways or common areas.
Please be on the lookout for an SAU 70 email pertaining to a parent/guardian Attestation sign off form. The updated attestations are listed below. Please reach out to the nurses if you have any questions.
PARENT/GUARDIAN ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & ATTESTATION FORM 2020
1. I acknowledge the contagious nature of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing and wearing face masks when distancing is not possible.
2. I further acknowledge that SAU #70 schools have put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 while students are in school buildings.
3. I further acknowledge that SAU #70 cannot guarantee that my child will not become infected with the Coronavirus/Covid-19. I understand that the risk of my child becoming exposed to and/or infected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or oversights of multiple entities and interactions, not only when attending in-person schooling.
4. I acknowledge that I must comply with all procedures set forth by current CDC, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and Vermont Department of Health guidelines to help reduce the spread of coronavirus while my child attends school.
1. I will keep my child home from school in the event they are experiencing any symptom of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, 100.4 or higher temperature, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (also runny nose and nasal congestion in Vermont schools) that cannot be attributed to a known underlying health condition.
2. No one in our household, including my child and live-in family, has traveled internationally or traveled on a cruise ship within the last 14 days.
3. My child has not traveled outside of the New England states including: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island (Students attending schools in New Hampshire including: Hanover High School, Frances C. Richmond Middle School or the Bernice A. Ray Elementary School ) or to quarantine counties within states that are not allowed by Vermont guidelines (Students attending the Marion Cross Elementary School in Vermont) within the last 14 days.
4. To the best of my knowledge, my child has not been exposed to, or in close contact with someone who has a suspected and/or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
5. No one in our household, including my child and live-in family, has been diagnosed with Coronavirus/Covid-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities.
6. Everyone in our household, including my child and live-in family, is following all current CDC recommended guidelines as much as possible and limiting our exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
7. I agree to conduct daily symptom screenings (listed above) prior to my child/children boarding a bus, car pool, or entering school buildings.
8. I agree that my child will wear a mask as required while at school.
Town of Hanover - Emergency Mask Ordinance
The Town of Hanover has an emergency mask ordinance (Ordinance #39). The ordinance requires members of the public to wear face masks while using public sidewalks, other pedestrian ways, public recreation areas and other public property within the Town of Hanover where maintaining adequate social/physical distancing is not possible due to pedestrian congestion.
The sidewalks are heavily traveled and students are required to wear masks.
Culture at Hanover High School
It has been brought to our attention that there have been social media posts about the culture of Hanover High School. Some of the posts are dated and all are anonymous. The administration wants to let you know that we take all accusations seriously and encourage students to speak up if they feel they have been wronged. Also know that, at times, the administration is unable to discuss personal issues because of confidentiality. Students are encouraged to reach out to teachers, advisors, parents, and/or administration. We are here to help.
Remote Learning Update:
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Thomas Hermanson will be coordinating the Remote Learning Program. Tom will act as the liaison between students, parents, teachers and will be the HHS representative in district meetings. Please email Tom Hermanson as needed.
Tech Department Update
The tech department has been busy this week helping students and staff set up accounts, manage printing, obtain credentials and devices, and learn about our instructional platforms. We will be providing parent accounts for Schoology next week (be on the lookout for an email!). If you have any questions, please contact the HelpDesk. And a special welcome to Hunter Brooks, our newest techie who started at the helpdesk on Tuesday.
Remote Wednesday Library Sign-up
Starting Wednesday September 16th, the library will be available for students who have internet access issues. Students must sign-up by 3:00 the Tuesday prior by completing this form. If you have an emergency on a remote Wednesday and need somewhere to work, call the main office.
Yearbook Cover Contest
The theme for the yearbook this year is: Comics! Submit a cover that fits the theme. Covers are due November 2nd in the art room. For more information visit our website.
If you would like to help a fellow student in the SAU 70 community, and are able to offer your services as a tutor? Or do you have an older sibling who graduated from HHS who is home and would be interested in remote tutoring some of our current students? Please contact Emma Cottage as we have students asking for help.
Are you a student in the SAU70 school district and would benefit from on-line tutoring from your peers? Please contact Emma if you can help.
Please be advised that all minors, and either their parent or legal guardian, are required to complete the Parent Consent Form for on-line tutoring. You can find the form on this link, or check out the COVID19 resources page on the SAU 70 The form needs to be signed and emailed back to Emma Cottage
SAU70 is hiring morning Bus Monitors, for both Norwich & Hanover
The job includes greeting students at each stop, taking the students' temperatures with a contactless thermometer prior to boarding, helping students to find assigned seats, making sure seatbelts are fastened, monitoring student behavior, and assisting the bus drivers with reinforcing rules and regulations.
$20 an hour from 6:30 - 8:30.
We have seen a great deal of interest in community service from both new and returning students and returning students who are jumping right back in. Thank you!!
Coming up we will be harvesting veggies for those in need with Willing Hands, making dinner for the Hixon House (adult shelter at the Haven), eradicating invasive species with Hanover Conservancy, and making reusable pads for girls in Ghana (terrific article about that effort HERE. Please encourage your student SIGN UP at the google sheet which is also in the Student Announcements.