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Epping School Disctrict

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Bill Furbush

Superintendent

August 7th 2020

Epping School District Reopening Plan

July 27th 2020

NHDOE VLACS Update

July 24th 2020

Epping School District’s Survey Data SummaryReopening July 2020

Get the latest updates from the Reopening Task Force here!

July 21st 2020

Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic in New Hampshire K-12 School Re-Opening Benjamin P. Chan, MD, MPH NH State Epidemiologist July 20, 2020

July 16th 2020

New Hampshire Department of Education has provided their guidance for reopening schools.  Click Below

New Hampshire Grades K-12 Back-to-School Guidance

NH DOE Back-to-School Guidance booklet

July 14th 2020

Mintues from the Re-opening Task Force Subcommittee Reports 7/13/2020

NH Community Action Agencies can help

July 7th 2020

The Epping School District under the direction of new superintendent William Furbush has created a "Reopening Task Force".  Please see detailed information below by clicking on the links.

June 4th 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter, Navigating Current Events
 

June 1st 2020

A note from the Superintendent

It has been an honor to serve the Epping community as your Superintendent for the past five years. Epping is a wonderful community with delightful children, highly talented and dedicated professional educators and support staff, and caring families.  It is a gem of the larger Seacoast area. 

June brings an end to my tenure as a public educator and leader. A journey that started in 1983. I am proud of the accomplishments of the Epping School District in the last five years. And, I am pleased to pass the torch to Bill Furbush. 

Bill comes to Epping with experience as an Assistant Superintendent in Exeter and a Superintendent in Pelham. He has knowledge of Competency-Based Education and will support the work that is being done in Epping related to CBE; specifically, next steps related to Relearning and Reassessment in a CBE environment and how to best meet the needs of all learners in a CBE environment. Additional areas of focus will include a focus on the return of students to school following a Pandemic, Social-Emotional Learning, and Suicide Awareness training for staff. 

On behalf of the Epping School District, I welcome Superintendent Furbush to the Epping family and wish all members of the Epping community the best in their future endeavors.

Respectfully,
Valerie McKenney

Welcome Superintendent Furbush
Photo of superintendent at desk

May 31st 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter, Understanding Mindfullness and our Brains

May 26th 2020

Chromebook collection Schedules are here!  Please select your building below

Elementary School
Middle School
High School

May 21st 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter,  Teaching Mindfulness to Children


May 14th 2020

Mental Health Webinar Series on Coping through COVID-19
CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE

May 13th 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter, Introduction to Mindfullness for Stress Reduction

May 11th 2020

End of Year Dates:

Key dates for end-of-year activities

May 6th 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter, Fostering Social and Emotional Development at Home 
 

May 5th 2020

“Distance learning requires us to be humans in an inhuman situation. We can’t simply provide lessons and assessments; we have to bridge this digital gap and carry some sense of humor and goodwill and community through the cold wiring. If we’ve succeeded in even a modicum of that task, we owe that to the success in the months prior when we created something special. A school family. A community that could rely on itself, that could flourish even in isolation.”
~Daniel Parsons in “I See Education and Humanity in ‘Full Bloom’ in My Covid-19 
Classroom” in Education Gadfly, April 24, 2020, https://bit.ly/3aZe7Or 
 

Dear Epping Teachers and staff, 

  This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  If ever there was a time to appreciate public educators, it is during this period of remote learning. I define public educators as "every individual that works in schools;  teachers paraeducators, administrators, office staff, food service staff, and custodians". Each and every one of us has an important role to play to ensure the success of our students.  
  I believe that remote learning has brought the importance of teachers to the forefront of people's thinking. For the first time, parents have had the opportunity to experience various aspects of the teaching and learning process. 
  The Epping teachers and staff have far surpassed any and all expectations in this period of remote learning. It has not been an easy feat but you have risen to the challenge. Thank you for that!
  I know that you miss your students. You miss your routines and your colleagues. You are working diligently to ensure that our students are well cared for and safe. Thank you for that!  

You are superheroes!  
Thank you for choosing a career that is a calling!
Thank you for the time you take to hone and rehone your craft.
Thank you for jumping into remote learning with dedication and an open heart and mind!

Today and every day your efforts are recognized and appreciated!

With the utmost of respect,

Your superintendent,

Valerie McKenney

Valerie McKenney
Superintendent of Schools
SAU #14
Epping NH

May 1st 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter, Keeping Children Motivated During Remote Learning

April 27th 2020

A suggested article from our Superintendent:  E-Learning Overload: 8 Tips Educators Can Give Frustrated, Anxious Parents
 

April 23rd 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter, Work-Life Balance During Quarantine
 

April 22nd 2020

SPRING VACATION HAS BEEN CANCELLED!
There will be no Spring Vacation for the 19-20 school year, April 27, 2020-May 1, 2020. Students should be attending school remotely as they have been for the past several weeks. This will allow the students to get out of school earlier in June.
 

April 17th 2020

Please read the latest update from the Superintendent

April 16th 2020

This afternoon Governor Sununu declared that all New Hampshire schools would be operating remotely through the end of the school year.  The Epping School District leaders have been working on end of school year plans and will have full details soon.  Please stay tuned.

 

April 15th 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter, Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety

 

April 10th 2020

Please read the latest update:  Letter From our Superintendent


April 8th 2020

Supporting Families during this COVID-19 time.  Please see these two items:  Cover Letter for the Family Well Being & Family Well Being Guide

 

April 7th 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter, Strategies to Support Stress-free Remote Learning

 

April 6th 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter (please click on the blue title), Understanding our feelings of grief.

 

April 3rd 2020

Take a minute to check out Collective Remote Learning Reccomendations from a group of New Hampshire educational institutions. 

Here is the Superintendent's Report from the April 2nd school board meeting.

April 1st 2020
 

A Important note from Superintendent Valerie McKenney PLEASE CLICK HERE!


How can I check to make sure my child’s school has the correct contact information for SchoolMessenger?

OPTION 1 - SchoolMessenger Parent Portal

1. Go to https://go.schoolmessenger.com/

2. Click on Sign up in the upper right-hand corner

3. Enter the email address your child’s school has on record

4. Enter a password (must contain one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, one number, minimum of 6 characters)

5. Select US as your Location

6.Click ‘Sign up’
School Messenger Sign-up instructions

7. Check your email for a link to activate your account

8. Once you have activated your account, return to https://go.schoolmessenger.com/ and log in

9. Click on Hamburger Menu settings to open the menu

10. Click on ‘Preferences’

11. Verify that your contact information is correct. If your contact information is not correct, please contact your child’s school.

OPTION 2 - SchoolMessenger app

1. Download the SchoolMessenger app from the App Store or Google Play
School Messenger App sign-on screen

2. Click on Sign up in the bottom right-hand corner

3. Follow steps #3-11 above

March 24th 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter (please click on the blue title), Screen Time Tips and Reminders

 

March 18th 2020

Mental Health and Wellness Newsletter (please click on the blue title), managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19

 

March 16th 2020

Dear Epping School Community:
  Today Governor Sununu cancelled schools in New Hampshire from March 16, 2020 through April 3, 2020. This action is unprecedented in the state of New Hampshire and is a clear message from the government that we need to do our due diligence to ensure the safety of students and staff. In addition to no school, there will be no afterschool or evening activities until at least April 3, 2020. Both the Governor and Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut were clear in today's press conference that we should be making plans if classes are not able to resume. I want to assure you that we will be making contingency plans and will be in touch with additional information.
  I have asked that all teachers reach out to students and parents to ensure that everyone is aware of the expectations for remote learning. As this is a new system for all, we are learning as we implement the system and will make needed adjustments as we go. Teachers have been asked to have three hours of "Office Hours" daily.
  Currently we are working on a plan to address students who have any types of special needs. Information will be available to parents as soon as possible. In addition, we are working out plans for food service and those plans will be in place by tomorrow afternoon.
  Should you have any additional questions that cannot be answered by your teacher, please reach out to the school level leadership. We are happy to help you in any manner.
  Your children's health and welfare are of the utmost of importance. Please encourage your family members to stay inside to the greatest degree possible. I will send out additional information as it becomes available.
Respectfully,
Valerie McKenney
Superintendent Epping School District 

 

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