guidance re: graduations?
I thought I heard last week that there is some End of Year Activities Guidance coming out from the NHDOE, but I never saw it. Is it available yet and, if so, is it posted?
CARES Act Waiver Report
Given the uncertainty of the what socially distancing will look like in the fall, what guidance does the DOE have regarding planning for instruction? Transportation of students? a possible hybrid of traditional education in the building and remote learning?
Is the DOE keeping track of student end dates, teacher end date and # of districts utilizing all days of teacher contracts? This information would be very helpful!
Cheri White’s email announcing the most recent Food and Nutrition waiver stated that on July 1st all SSO and SFSP normal regulations go into effect, I'm assuming that the current waivers will cease on June 30th unless another nationwide waiver is provided. Does this mean that our summer meal programs, after June 30, will not be allowed to operate under all current waivers, including non-congregate, meal pattern and parent pick up? If that is the case, will the DOE support school districts by extending the June 30 end date through the summer?Essentially, could you please let us know where we stand on congregate summer meals after June 30 and the States willingness to apply for additional date flexibility?
CARES Acts Overview is tentatively planned for May 11 at 9:00 am, pending receipt of funds from the USED via zoom (Had previously been planned for May 8th but too many conflicts). Audience is public school superintendents, federal funds managers, and business administrators.
Will you post the completed CARES application once it is submitted?
Lisa A. Witte
With all due respect, mid-may is going to be too late for a summer decision.
If we have new positions in place to support students - via intervention - for next year, will that qualify for CARES funding? Or other Title $?
Is there anything worth noting at this point regarding Homeland Security safety guidelines for re-opening schools in the fall?
Could you point us to where in the Federal CARES docs released on the USED page the date March 13 is referenced? I heard that date on the Federal call but have not been able to find it in writing. Probably right in front of me!
Lisa A. Witte
I think that small cohorts might be permissible but we will have staff who will not be comfortable doing so, creating an inequity in the opportunity to provide services for all students. It really needs to be all one way or another.
Caitlin, if districts are being encouraged to consider using CARES Act monies for special education services, should special education administrators be involved in the May meeting?
Is there an update on Fall Assessment plans/expecations?
Kim QED Carter
Thank you for fixing the copy and paste for the chat!
Where can emergency order 38 be found?
I apologize for being late to the meeting this morning and if you covered this already. As we look at planning for re-opening our schools will the DOE come out with guidance related to re-opening? I am wondering what our schools may look like in September.
CARES Waivers Report
Federal school nutrition waiver extension
Virtual Service Academy Day - May 19
Kim QED Carter
school waivers and questions re: hours vs days should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Polito, GSAA
Return To School guidance
Are nonpublic schools (Catholic) required to complete the request waiver for a reduction in school days?
thanks for putting these docs in-- works great!
Thanks. Angela found this feature, and we thought it would be helpful for you.
We'll also post a document with links to all of today's resources.
Private providers of special education work on days but not hours so they will most likely go past the date you are ending but this ensures students are getting access to the general curriculum.
Lisa A. Witte
We always have music playing when we start our district zoom meetings 1) it's fun and 2) people know the sound is working.
Yes, current waivers continue for school food service.
Until June 30, 2020
Correct even if the school year ends mid-june
We anticipate increased need for summer meals. Our non-profit provider does not have the capacity. Can the district either continue the meals program through the summer or assist the non-profit provider? Maybe that's in your newest waiver?
Meryl, Please reach out with specific questions about CARES act funds. We are working with the law closely to consider all allowable activities. As for other Title $, our team will need more information about the positions that you are thinking of! Feel free to reach out: Ashley.email@example.com
March 13th for CARES Act will be clarified on our grant award notification that the DOE receives from USED that defines period of allowabilty
Currently, on July 1, the summer programs begin. I have a waiver into USDA for non-congregate feeding for the summer. If that is approved and if the SAU has schools that are area eligible, then the SAU can continue providing meals for free like they currently are. I will let people know if the waiver is approved. Please contact me with your SAU number so I can provide guidance on area eligible sites, if any, in the SAU.
If we have limited staff willing to participate in in-person summer instruction how would you suggest that we fairly choose or assign these services to which students? I would imagine that the students/families that are not able to be served in person may find this discriminatory and unfair.
Thank you and the department for all you are doing for our students and communities
I think we need to be sensitive to the fact that districts ARE providing Spec Ed services- even if these are being done remotely- the message of “in person small cohort services” are the only ones that are appropriate, is not true. Special Ed students are receiving services, even if it is not in person, or in a small cohort. We also need to be able to have our 18-19 grant funds extended past Sept. 30th, if we are going to be able to appropriately assess needs of spec ed students to provide compensatory when appropriate later during the 2020-2021 year.
Nonpublic schools are also required to request a waiver for school days as well.
Thank you for continuing these meetings and the support the DOE continues to offer
Today's Resources and Links
We just don’t want to use these funds for IDEA to provide “more” of remote spec ed services, if what the message going out is that remote special ed services is NOT enough.
Thank you all so much for keeping us up to date
Thank you for these calls and for working with the links. Super helpful!