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NHDOE COVID-19 Update with Education Leaders
Meryl Levin
41:44
Can you talk about the need for protection - if the state decides that we are to open our schools, but then there is an outbreak - can parents sue the individual school? There is some guidance out there suggestion that schools create waivers…what is the guidance on that please?
Christy Whipple
42:17
Good afternoon...can you speak to whether or not an administrator's certification may be in jeopardy around end of the year events? There was some concern recently expressed at a school board meeting in our area that certification/licensure may be in jeopardy if CDC and DOE guidelines are not adhered to.
Meryl Levin
42:18
Also, will there be a template for suggested COVID-19 Code of Conduct - for staff, kiddos, families?
Tina McCoy - Raymond
43:07
Any progress on finding out how the Governor’s ‘Stay at Home 2.0’ Reopening Guidelines will apply to school districts - ex. Taking temperature of everyone, etc. Do these guidelines all apply to us?
Andrea Elliot
43:32
We have done a general poll of families and as much as they WANT to come back to school, there are still a large percentage that indicate they are not comfortable with risks of doing so. I am concerned about running face to face and remote programs at the same time to meet all needs.
Tony Polito, Granite St.Charter
44:44
I would strongly recommend a week on, week off of two cohorts A /B which rotates live and remote to lower density. MA is discussing this actively now.
Becky Forrestall
46:09
We have contacted outside evaluators to do some of our most complicated 3 year re-evaluations. They have informed us that they would not be doing remote evaluations as they are not ethical or valid. I also believe many districts are maintaining evaluation timelines for re-evaluations re:eligibility. Not sure it is accurate that districts are just “not doing” evaluations/eligibility, even if it is using different data than what we may typically use.
Helen Rist
46:27
Most evaluation tools are not normed to be done virtually and for young children cannot be done with fidelity. The results would not be ethical to use to determine baseline skills.
chrismartin
46:46
In regards to the grad. ceremony survey I might suggest adding “still in planning phase”.
Rachel Borge
47:29
Thank you, Becky and Helen. I was just composing a similar concern. Any assessment completed outside of the standardized conditions cannot result in valid results.
Rachel Borge
47:43
Norming is compromised
Michael Bessette
48:00
Remote Learning is creating substantial concerns for parents who are returning to work. This is due to parents having to make family decisions regarding returning to work versus staying home with elementary age children. It is exacerbated when special education learning needs are part of the situation for families. Given two of three likely scenarios being offered for September include continuing or returning to elements of remote learning, what resources are being considered that might support parents who cannot sustain a remote learning environment for their child?
Jane
51:07
Could you share specifics relative to the high numbers of special education evaluations not being conducted? Specific numbers and the data source? What is considered "high"? Is this a statewide issue or district specific?
Tina McCoy - Raymond
51:22
I need to clarify Summer Programs vs ESY - did you (Frank) mean to lump them together when you said that summer programs will go under the same guidelines as businesses when they reopen?
Tina McCoy - Raymond
52:42
The waiver for summer meals applies only to Districts who normally provide summer lunches anyway. Correct?
Grant Bosse
53:27
#Graduation2020 https://www.facebook.com/facebookapp/videos/378060546441584/
Mary Wilson
53:42
When will ESSER Funds be released?
Grant Bosse
53:50
https://xqsuperschool.org/
Grant Bosse
54:19
NH Graduate Together 2020 message
Grant Bosse
54:19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-_X-dIYm6g
Katy
54:58
We've been told that one of the main reasons that special education evaluations/re-evals are not happening is because there is no way to remotely replicate the in class observation.
Kris Franklin
54:59
Will Cheri please send an updated summary of food service waivers ASAP? There is a lot of confusion...
Grant Bosse
55:16
Facebook/Instagram is at 2PM today.
chrismartin
57:46
Can we see the grad survey results again…..I’m slow!
Ashley Frame
58:54
Hi, Mary!ESSER Allocations, application materials, assurances, fact sheets, and a discussion about equitable services were sent out/delivered on Monday. We mentioned in the presentation and in the materials that we are building the online grants management system
Ashley Frame
59:03
It will be done soon!
Sarah
59:42
Thanks for all of your hard work on ESSER Ashley!
Becky Forrestall
59:42
Can you clarify when we can expect more specific guidance on health/safety protocols for ESY? This would include transportation guidelines?
kberg
01:00:10
Ashley, do we upload the GEPA and DOE applications or can you let us know who to email those docs to at the DOE.
Ashley Frame
01:00:25
@Sarah...you're welcome! Phew!
Michael Bessette
01:00:36
Please be careful endorsing the Facebook / Instagram event with students and families. Two of the individuals represented on that list (Awkwafina / Cyrus) are controversial celebrities at best - but certainly do not reflect the characteristics of role models that I suspect the DOE (or school districts in general) want to represent as "role model" behavior.
KDuesing
01:01:14
Guidance on use of PPE in schools if we are to return to buildings is also necessary.
Colleen Sliva
01:01:51
does it violate educator code of conduct for a para educator to provide service to a student in their home when a parent is present?
Mary Wilson
01:02:21
Thanks, Ashley, I attended Monday. Just waiting for on-line Grant System.....
Steve Appleby
01:02:23
Not that I am aware of either unless it somehow violated the code of conduct.
Steve Appleby
01:02:57
You can contact me directly with specific questions at stephen.appleby@doe.nh.gov
Thomas Ambrose
01:03:17
We don’t need a COVID code of conduct but we really need a remote learning code of conduct.
Chris Beeso
01:03:20
returning to blgs for face to face evaluations this summer will be dependent on availability of PPE for staff and students. Even with these things in place I’m honestly not sure how comfortable families are going to feel sending kiddos into buildings.
Thomas Ambrose
01:03:41
We all know that we may be on remote learning in the fall.
Steve Appleby
01:03:53
Hi Colleen- the activity you ask about does not violate the CoC. Thank you. You can email me directly to discuss further if you would like.
Jennifer Pomykato
01:06:44
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Becky Forrestall
01:07:10
With the task force conversations- these plans that are being made are specific to emergency orders, not for “general use” correct? Schools would not be expected to always have a remote option AND an in-person option? Remote would not be used unless there is a true medical reason or an emergency of some sort? Correct?
Thomas Ambrose
01:09:48
I want to chime in that I hope we are looking at in person or remote. A hybrid is not really going to do anything because it is virtually impossible to prevent students from having contact if they are together in an A/B model. The younger they are the more impossible social distancing becomes.
Karen Guercia
01:10:32
Eligibility Determination for special education services does not always require additional evaluations(assessments). We are still making those determinations based on the data we have and continuing to identify students.
Meryl Levin
01:10:35
IN relation to PPE for school (the folks who need to take temps, masks for kids/staff/visitors) will these be provided to schools? Guidance on this please!
Tina McCoy - Raymond
01:10:57
OK - thanks.
cheri.f.white
01:12:16
If you are looking to offer the summer meals program, please contact the Office of Nutrition. There are a few different options for you. cheri.white@doe.nh.gov
cheri.f.white
01:12:50
Yes, I will send an updated list of waivers. working on it now.
billlupini
01:13:46
Indiana (and others) have opted to move ahead with the Title I definition for equitable services. Are we advocating for that position in our discussions with USDOE?
Caitlin Davis
01:14:31
Charter School ESSER CARES Act Meeting is during biweekly Charter Call this coming Tuesday 5/19 at 10:00 AM
cshields
01:15:44
Can we make our own decision to plan ESY remotely, as we have continued to wait for clarification, and I do not think we can afford to wait any longer.
rvaughn
01:16:28
Will the state be giving us a specific sheet for health screening for employees and guidance as to the frequency those must be collected? I have seen anywhere from "return to work" to "daily" to "each re-entry into the building." The logistics are daunting. Also with temperature taking--if students are walking to school but need to be at ambient temperature for ten minutes before temps are taken, where do we put them?
Thomas Ambrose
01:17:32
Ok, the guidance is good but we might want to “beef it up” if we are remote next year. I will check in with Diana.
Shelly Fagen
01:17:58
Can that document be sent out again?
Thomas Ambrose
01:18:15
Great idea Shelley
Shelly Fagen
01:18:17
The one that gives guidelines during COVID?
lisazolkos
01:18:47
Is the PPE available for Non-Public Schools for free?
Grant Bosse
01:19:14
Masks Requests https://prd.blogs.nh.gov/dos/hsem/?page_id=8451
Thomas Ambrose
01:19:24
Wait wait read my whole point about the fall you missed what I was saying
Grant Bosse
01:19:40
Link is on NH COVID-19 page https://www.nh.gov/covid19/
Ashley Frame
01:19:57
Documents for the ESSER grant will primarily be attached in the grants management system. We are currently building that system. We have a call for Charter Schools on Tuesday, so hopefully all schools will attend. Directions for each piece are located on the documents themselves (application, GEPA, program assurances, etc.). As the Commissioner mentioned, there are a few outstanding questions that are impacting our complete roll-out of the grant, notably, Equitable participation formula.
Thomas Ambrose
01:21:58
I think the fall is unclear but I am hoping we can have normal school but the A/B model is really not helpful.
Becky Forrestall
01:22:02
I totally appreciate the “pivot” strategy- just wanted to make sure the message was not that families could just choose remote or in person “at will” and that the decisions would be based on medical or emergency orders, versus other personal preferences. Thanks.
Thomas Ambrose
01:22:12
Thanks Becky
Helen Rist
01:22:48
Karen G.- Exactly! It shouldn’t be said that ‘we aren’t doing evaluations’ because that implies that we aren’t following compliance indicators.
Meryl Levin
01:23:14
Guidance for daily screening will be key. Space, people to do the screening, PPE protections for them, what the screening will actually need to be (temp is just one - people like to talk about but by the time you have temp….). Daily morning traffic flow in relation to screening. Big challenges…
Meryl Levin
01:25:17
For clarity, does PPE mean just masks in this ordering? Someone taking temps and assessing will need more than that, won’t they?
Meryl Levin
01:25:27
Wouldn’t you want more protection?
Carl Ladd
01:26:06
The ESSER law itself was built on Title I allocations and formulas. The US ED chose to ignore that and submit regulations that circumvents the law as passed. I would hope that we would adhere to the Congressional intent and the law rather than the incorrect US ED interpretation. Just saying…
Grant Bosse
01:27:55
Remote Instruction Code of Conduct
Grant Bosse
01:29:42
Today's Links
Becky Forrestall
01:30:46
I understand “who would evaluate” medical need for remote- my son had cancer for 8 years, so I realize all the complicated family situations. However, I have had to provide the school district with documentations for certain things in accordance with medical need. I think we certainly could work with HIPPA and FERPA, etc. to still get documentation of a “need” for remote, if the rest of the district is doing “in person” schooling. Having at some point, clarity and procedures for documenting an alternative remote plan versus what district are doing at a given time, would be very important for families and districts. Thanks so much.
Helen Rist
01:31:54
What poll are you referencing when you say that 60% of districts are delay evaluations? Was it a parent survey? Or data provided by school districts?
Rebecca Fredette NH
01:31:56
To clarify regarding the special education evaluation information. In regards to referrals, many districts indicated they were postponing evaluations until in person, they did not indicate they were not doing evaluations.
Becky Forrestall
01:32:27
I think it is important to designate “new referrals” from three year re-evaluations.
Becky Forrestall
01:32:31
That makes more sense
Meryl Levin
01:33:10
When you speak to the gov, can you be sure to ask for more fuller PPE
Thomas Ambrose
01:33:15
Thanks Everyone!
Meryl Levin
01:33:23
Thank you!
Becky Forrestall
01:33:24
Thank you so much.
Mary Croteau
01:33:30
Thank you! Have a good weekend!
Sister Mary Agnes Dombroski
01:33:33
Thank you, have a great weekend!
Thomas Ambrose
01:33:33
Have fun this weekend!
Becky Forrestall
01:33:36
You, too!