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NHDOE COVID-19 Update with Education Leaders
chrislocal
38:55
They did say hello earlier but are waiting for people to sign in.
Kirk Beitler
40:04
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.
Christine.M.Brennan
40:39
https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders/documents/emergency-order-17.pdf
Grant.D.Bosse
40:49
Travel Refund Letter https://www.education.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt326/files/inline-documents/2020/travel-letter-03-20-20.pdf
Cory LeClair
41:49
Can you please change your settings so that we can copy and paste from the chat?
Debbie
42:27
Cory LeClair, agree
Christine.M.Brennan
42:53
Grant can you help with that
Grant.D.Bosse
44:31
Summary of Emergency Supplemental https://www.education.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt326/files/inline-documents/2020/ccsso-emergency-supplemental.pdf
Kimberly Saunders
44:41
Could you please clarify if you will be applying for the assessment waiver.
SAU-05
44:52
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
45:12
I heard that New Hampshire is the only state that has not submitted the ESSA waiver request.
WMRSD School District
46:23
85% of FY19 Title 1 allocation?
Kathleen Murphy
46:26
Will women have a seat on the Remote Leaning Task Force?
Lisa A. Witte
46:56
I am happy to volunteer to participate.
Ronna Cadarette
47:23
As am I for another voice in the North Country
Grant.D.Bosse
47:35
Federal Meal Waiver is NOT reimbursing for all students. You can feed everyone, but not all costs will be reimbursed. Check with Cheri White.
Allyn Hutton
47:38
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.
adiorio
47:57
Please make this so we can copy and paste it really helps. Thank you
rvaughn
49:04
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?
rvaughn
49:22
The Commissioner's audio keeps cutting out.
Michele Munson
49:49
Non-public schools? Religious schools?
Allyn Hutton
50:15
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?
tallen
50:53
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.
Rob Seaward
51:08
What is the law going through congress called? The one about reimbursing contractors?
amy allen
51:17
Has there been more guidance on Pass/Fail and possible implications for NCAA eligibility?
lalibertet
51:32
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?
Debbie
52:07
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.
STACY BUCKLEY
54:59
We all do local assessments- they tell us everything we know. We don't need to do the SAS to tell us this information.
rvaughn
55:17
If NH goes to a fall assessment, is this still part of accountability or just formative for us to understand where we are?
Steve Zadravec
55:30
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
55:41
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.
Kirk Beitler
55:51
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
Mary Wilson
55:55
We already do the modular and interim assessments in the portal. Not sure this would help in any way.
Ashley Frame
56:23
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
56:29
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.
Kevin Richard
56:30
Agreed, we have good assessment systems in place, why something different that is less reliable and valid??
Sandie MacDonald
58:34
It was my understanding from College Board that vouchers could be offered so juniors could take a test at some point.
Karen Guercia
58:52
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.
billlupini
58:58
What happened to the idea of giving juniors a voucher that they could use to take the SAT at another time?
rvaughn
59:06
Would the SAT be for 11th or 12th graders?
tgeer
59:07
DLM?
Sandie MacDonald
59:07
Not for accountability but so that they had an opportunity to take the test if they wanted to
Lisa A. Witte
59:12
Karen Guercia yes
Kevin Richard
59:18
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STACY BUCKLEY
59:41
Great way to welcome them back... test, test, test,,,
dlockwood
59:56
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.
Kimberly Saunders
01:00:00
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.
Ronna Cadarette
01:00:21
Wouldn't there be disparity if NH is taking the SAT in the fall and other states are not?
Grant.D.Bosse
01:00:28
http://www.nhlearnsremotely.com/uploads/1/3/1/2/131292211/healthy_habits.pdf
rvaughn
01:00:52
We already do local assessments in the fall. This add an additional scheduling burden.
Mary Wilson
01:00:57
A fall administration on both will not be equitable show a smaller amount of disparity. We need time with students!
adiorio
01:01:02
We CANNOT copy links please change the settings
Sarah
01:01:37
If you click on them they open in a new window
Grant.D.Bosse
01:01:46
You can click the link and copy the URL from that browser.
Jay Badams
01:02:29
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?
judithmcgann
01:02:49
Did we get any further support from US Cellular?
Meryl Levin
01:03:20
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!
Grant.D.Bosse
01:03:30
Executive Order 17- Q&A https://www.education.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt326/files/inline-documents/2020/order17-qa.pdf
Mary Wilson
01:03:39
Did AIR and the College Boards have other suggestions?
Dean Setzler
01:05:30
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.
pcouture
01:06:08
Will the state provide funding for ESY which will be needed to provide compensatory education and services.
Cory LeClair
01:06:17
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
01:06:42
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?
sma
01:06:51
Love your vision of giving older students an opportunity to help!
Michele Munson
01:06:53
I agree that Fall testing is not in anyone’s best interests. We do Fall testing and do need time with our students.
SAU88
01:06:56
How should districts handle questions of retention?
Rob Seaward
01:08:48
Send them to me
Becky Forrestall
01:09:03
There are still many questions in terms of special education- With the extended closure, when can Directors expect to know some of these answers?
Steve Appleby
01:09:08
stephen.appleby@doe.nh.gov
Jacqueline Coe
01:09:34
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...?
Becky Forrestall
01:09:49
Would we need to hire those college students? As employees?
Kimberly Saunders
01:10:27
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.
lalibertet
01:10:54
How is the Q and A document being disseminated?
Grant.D.Bosse
01:11:09
https://www.education.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt326/files/inline-documents/2020/order17-qa.pdf
Carl Ladd
01:11:20
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.
Michael Bessette
01:12:18
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?
Bruce Beasley
01:12:22
Any response from Diana Fenton on staff contacting students on the student cell phone? Parents are requesting.
Elizabeth
01:12:53
Does the remote learning through May 4 apply to nonpublic schools in NH now as well?
Lisa A. Witte
01:12:54
Echo Carl's comment - thank you
ahinds
01:12:58
Were you able to get guidance on the question of staff reaching out directly to student's cell phones during this remote learning time?
Debbie
01:13:00
The difference with copying the chat is we can type your answers after the questions which is very helpful we did that last week
jahmalmosley
01:15:13
How did you select people to talk with the Taskforce ?
Becky Forrestall
01:15:18
Will there be some special education directors at your meetings with superintendents?
docmartin
01:15:31
Was there an open invitation to the conversation/ task force? I missed that.
jahmalmosley
01:15:47
Why were teachers not invited to your Taskforce? Will ELL teachers and administrators invited ?
jahmalmosley
01:16:47
When will the taskforce meet and who is invited?
Sal Petralia
01:17:29
Please consider representation from the NHCTO (State Directors of Technology) if you decide to launch a Remote Learning Task Force.
Rick Duba
01:17:37
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?
Patty Haynes
01:18:56
What is the guidance on the assessments required for the dyslexia law? Reassessment at end of year may be in jeopardy
matora
01:21:39
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.
John Fabrizio
01:21:40
YES!!!!!
Christy Whipple
01:22:10
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.
Patty Haynes
01:22:22
Agreed with Christy Whipple
Andrea Elliot
01:22:25
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
sma
01:22:49
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.
Judy Tilton
01:23:02
We would bring students and staff back. They need to reconnect for their mental health
mcroteau
01:23:03
I agree with Christy and Andrea
Christine.M.Brennan
01:23:06
Please share your solutions and ideas. as we move forward. Thank you for the great work you all have been doing.
Sandie MacDonald
01:24:20
I think people are talking about SAS in the fall not SAT in the fall when they reference NWEA etc.
Debbie
01:24:27
What impact will the fall SAT testing have on accountability if we have some students who have not taken the test and they graduate?
Allyn Hutton
01:24:34
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
01:25:13
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?
mcroteau
01:25:20
When they open in a new window, just copy the link from that tab
Jennifer Cava
01:25:25
We hope to be able to return, even if only for a few weeks— great for closure/transition for the kids — (and for us!)
Jennifer Cava
01:27:00
I am interested in what other schools are considering regarding summer programming …
Shelly Fagen
01:27:06
Please keep in mind that we have year round schools in our state who will need a
Shelly Fagen
01:27:41
date to return to school if public schools remain closed until the fall
dlockwood
01:28:07
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.
Rob Seaward
01:28:23
Even public schools provide education during the summer. We all need to eventually have a return by date.
Beth McClure
01:28:34
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.
Mary Wilson
01:29:14
Not all districts have paid for Performance Plus.
Sean Kotkowski
01:31:10
How should schools handle April Vacation, should they pause remote instruction for a week?
Rob Seaward
01:31:14
They could make P+ free for a year
Meredith Sumner Nadeau
01:31:41
Would be a good use of SEA funds
Melissa White
01:33:09
melissa.white@doe.nh.gov or 603-271-3855
Grant.D.Bosse
01:33:45
Special Education Guidance https://www.education.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt326/files/inline-documents/2020/order17-qa.pdf
Andrea Elliot
01:34:14
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
Ashley Frame
01:34:19
ashley.frame@doe.nh.gov 603-271-6579
Steve Appleby
01:34:36
stephen.appleby@doe.nh.gov
Steve Appleby
01:35:30
Many waive SATs now
Allyn Hutton
01:35:33
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?
kstaines
01:36:33
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
Sarah Bennett
01:38:03
I was able to select, right click and copy and paste it into a Word document
Linda Brady
01:43:17
Thank you for all the information and the support!