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Good morning, I am wondering if the state is doing anything more to help families and districts recoup some or all of the cost associated with scheduled trips overseas now that everything has been shut down? We still have not received verification that families who did not have the insurance will receive any money.
Travel Refund Letter https://www.education.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt326/files/inline-documents/2020/travel-letter-03-20-20.pdf
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Cory LeClair, agree
Grant can you help with that
Summary of Emergency Supplemental https://www.education.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt326/files/inline-documents/2020/ccsso-emergency-supplemental.pdf
Could you please clarify if you will be applying for the assessment waiver.
Frank, can you tell us if the emergency measure passed by Congress allows us to feed ALL children, suspending income guideline. School systems have the facilities to make breakfast and lunch and have the unique capacity to deliver foods to homes.
Lisa A. Witte
I heard that New Hampshire is the only state that has not submitted the ESSA waiver request.
WMRSD School District
85% of FY19 Title 1 allocation?
Will women have a seat on the Remote Leaning Task Force?
Lisa A. Witte
I am happy to volunteer to participate.
As am I for another voice in the North Country
Federal Meal Waiver is NOT reimbursing for all students. You can feed everyone, but not all costs will be reimbursed. Check with Cheri White.
If we need to reduce the hours for custodial staff during building closure, are they eligible for unemployment? I understand they are essential , but maybe for less hours per week than usual.
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Will the new monies cover expenses that we have already incurred (and for which we have a trail), or are these only for new activities once the application is in?
The Commissioner's audio keeps cutting out.
Non-public schools? Religious schools?
If we have facility projects that cannot be completed during this time ( for a variety of reasons), how can we get permission to "roll over" the funds allocated to FY21; is the only way for a local public meeting which would be very challenging at this time?
Now that we are doing remote learning to at least May 4 when will the state testing waiver be requested? It would be extremely disruptive if we are back in school after May 4 to immediately conduct state testing.
What is the law going through congress called? The one about reimbursing contractors?
Has there been more guidance on Pass/Fail and possible implications for NCAA eligibility?
So, public schools will need to reach out to the nonpublic schools in the district regarding the title 1 money again for the 2019-20 school year?
It is great that there will be funds for EdTech but getting the hardware, such as webcams is near impossible. I spent the morning looking many vendors have nothing available until mid-May to June at the earliest.
We all do local assessments- they tell us everything we know. We don't need to do the SAS to tell us this information.
If NH goes to a fall assessment, is this still part of accountability or just formative for us to understand where we are?
I assume while to funds are being calculated using the Title I formula they are not in fact bound by Title I rules, correct?
Lisa A. Witte
1. So - yes or no - waiver for this spring? 2. A fall assessment would be a terrible way to come back to school after being out for so long.
so if there is a fall assessment would we do a spring 2021 assessment as well? taking more instructional time away from teaching and learning
We already do the modular and interim assessments in the portal. Not sure this would help in any way.
Ongoing consutation with private, non-profit schools is required in ESSA. This is the same for almost all Title funds. So, yes, you will need to continue to reach out to your private schools with any new funds that carry an equitable participation requirement.
Lisa A. Witte
Because it is highly unlikely most schools will come back in session after May 4th, even if the stay at home order is lifted at that time.
Agreed, we have good assessment systems in place, why something different that is less reliable and valid??
It was my understanding from College Board that vouchers could be offered so juniors could take a test at some point.
A fall 2020 assessment based on the previous year's learning would not be valid since there is at this point at least 6 weeks of lost instruction. Remote learning, as great as it is, is not the same as classroom instruction.
What happened to the idea of giving juniors a voucher that they could use to take the SAT at another time?
Would the SAT be for 11th or 12th graders?
Not for accountability but so that they had an opportunity to take the test if they wanted to
Lisa A. Witte
Karen Guercia yes
Great way to welcome them back... test, test, test,,,
A fall state assessment may be redundant for most districts. Between NWEA, iReady and the state modular and interim assessments we already have data on our youngsters.
Fall testing would be another burden, all of us have reliable and valid assessments that have faster turn around times that can be used to immediately to guide instruction. We are going to need to use every instructional day that we can to make up the gap that this is going to create for our most vulnerable students.
Wouldn't there be disparity if NH is taking the SAT in the fall and other states are not?
We already do local assessments in the fall. This add an additional scheduling burden.
A fall administration on both will not be equitable show a smaller amount of disparity. We need time with students!
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VT has extended closure through the remainder of the school year. If we are able to reopen in May, how will those of us along the border accommodate our VT employees who will certainly face childcare challenges and their own children’s remote learning needs?
Did we get any further support from US Cellular?
We assess every child at the start of every year (and two more times during the year). Please consider strongly allowing schools do carry that out with their own tools so that they can quickly assess in meaningful ways, where their students are!
Executive Order 17- Q&A https://www.education.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt326/files/inline-documents/2020/order17-qa.pdf
Did AIR and the College Boards have other suggestions?
If we are able to reopen in May, will there be guidance on how that happens? Limits on numbers, etc. We are looking at many end of the year activities and whether we plan for them or not.
Will the state provide funding for ESY which will be needed to provide compensatory education and services.
If/when staff get sick, how do small, rural schools manage through having single grade level teachers? If you only have one second grade teacher and that person gets sick and cannot conduct instruction remotely, what are others doing? Partnering with other small schools brings up issues related to FERPA and collective bargaining units.
Kim QED Carter
Question about how to track hourly employees’ time (such as paras). I’m told NH Labor Law requires start and stop times on time sheets. If we’re doing flexible online meetings for support, hourly employees may have a number of start and stop times. How are others handling this?
Love your vision of giving older students an opportunity to help!
I agree that Fall testing is not in anyone’s best interests. We do Fall testing and do need time with our students.
How should districts handle questions of retention?
Send them to me
There are still many questions in terms of special education- With the extended closure, when can Directors expect to know some of these answers?
Would we need to have them go through the full process that all other folks go through to work with our students? Background checks etc...?
Would we need to hire those college students? As employees?
New Hampshire has a conscription statute. Local emergency services can actually draft people. If you want students the state needs to somehow indemnify the Districts if we are going to be involved.
How is the Q and A document being disseminated?
Thank you for signing the waiver - it is appreciated. Concerns remain about assessing students but can be worked out, I’m sure. Thank you for listening.
Would the DOE be willing to meet with New England Higher Education leaders to gain their commitment / support in waiving SAT scores in admissions processes so as not to disadvantage students?
Any response from Diana Fenton on staff contacting students on the student cell phone? Parents are requesting.
Does the remote learning through May 4 apply to nonpublic schools in NH now as well?
Lisa A. Witte
Echo Carl's comment - thank you
Were you able to get guidance on the question of staff reaching out directly to student's cell phones during this remote learning time?
The difference with copying the chat is we can type your answers after the questions which is very helpful we did that last week
How did you select people to talk with the Taskforce ?
Will there be some special education directors at your meetings with superintendents?
Was there an open invitation to the conversation/ task force? I missed that.
Why were teachers not invited to your Taskforce? Will ELL teachers and administrators invited ?
When will the taskforce meet and who is invited?
Please consider representation from the NHCTO (State Directors of Technology) if you decide to launch a Remote Learning Task Force.
We sent students home with enough books and resources to get through April 3. Can we schedule access to buildings and lockers so that they can get additional resources?
What is the guidance on the assessments required for the dyslexia law? Reassessment at end of year may be in jeopardy
Something to think about past May 4th. I’ve already been hearing from staff that are in high risk categories for COVID 19 that they would not feel comfortable coming back to school before next fall. In the event schools resume before the end of the year, we may have trouble staffing the school.
We will come back to session if the mandate for remote learning is lifted. Students, families, and staff would appreciate coming back together to end the year...for graduations as well.
Agreed with Christy Whipple
I can only speak for my school, at the very LEAST but we would look to bring kids back for year end events - awards presentations, senior banquets, graduations
We are a private provider and we VERY MUCH want to get students back in school, as long as it is safe to do so. Remote learning is ok, but it does not replicate what we can accomplish in our specialized program.
We would bring students and staff back. They need to reconnect for their mental health
I agree with Christy and Andrea
Please share your solutions and ideas. as we move forward. Thank you for the great work you all have been doing.
I think people are talking about SAS in the fall not SAT in the fall when they reference NWEA etc.
What impact will the fall SAT testing have on accountability if we have some students who have not taken the test and they graduate?
Any thought of offering planning time for staff as we gear up for the next round or is this a local decision?
Carol Menck Keefe
Get students back to school “as long as it’s safe” - that’s the big question. Who decides if it’s safe? What is considered acceptable risk?
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We hope to be able to return, even if only for a few weeks— great for closure/transition for the kids — (and for us!)
I am interested in what other schools are considering regarding summer programming …
Please keep in mind that we have year round schools in our state who will need a
date to return to school if public schools remain closed until the fall
I am trying to ascertain what data I would need in order to reopen our district. It appears that the models show a potential peak of COVID19 cases in NH occurring three weeks from now. That would be just prior to our reopening. So we reopen and spread the virus even further? Doesn't seem to make sense. I believe that we should be planning to remain closed.
Even public schools provide education during the summer. We all need to eventually have a return by date.
Can the state consolidate information through Performance Plus if schools allow their assessment information from local assessments to be uploaded. I believe many of us have given permission for that.
Not all districts have paid for Performance Plus.
How should schools handle April Vacation, should they pause remote instruction for a week?
They could make P+ free for a year
Meredith Sumner Nadeau
Would be a good use of SEA funds
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Special Education Guidance https://www.education.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt326/files/inline-documents/2020/order17-qa.pdf
We are discussing summer programming for kids that may need remediation and also for our international students who may be unable to return home over the summer or who will choose to stay in order to continue either high school or college programs in the states in the fall
Many waive SATs now
For Becky...if a parent of an identified student decides for family situation to withdraw their child from school until we re-open, they are asking if the child would have to complete all testing to "re-qualify" when we re-open?
I hope when you reopen the schools, you will consult with MA, ME since our students come from all three states. It would be hard to balance, potentially, three different reopening dates
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Thank you for all the information and the support!