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School districts provide updated information for families as remote learning rolls out

  • Mason Elementary School is hosting read-alouds for students on the Youtube channel Mighty Mason Mustangs. File image

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Published: 3/18/2020 6:32:42 PM
Modified: 3/18/2020 6:32:31 PM

School districts provided more information for students and families in the days following the state’s three week closure of all public schools in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The ConVal School District began its remote learning initiative on Wednesday. Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo-Saunders provided a compilation of information for families and students in a letter on the School District’s website on Tuesday. The list includes grade-level-specific remote learning information, school nurse, special education, and counseling information, and instructions for resolving technical problems. Families in need of internet service may call TDS at 888-225-5837, and to tell the operator they heard about the free 60 days of service for families with school aged children. TDS is offering to arrange an appointment for a technician to install service and a modem at the family’s home. Current lead times are within one week. The offer is for new customers in communities where TDS provides service.

Jaffrey-Rindge plans to begin remote learning on Thursday. Conant Principal Brett Blanchard recommended that families without access to internet at home take advantage of companies’ offers to set up free hot spots and WiFi in a message to families on Tuesday. The message details appropriate protocol for middle and high school students using Google Classroom to study, and provides a class schedule for each day of the week. Students at the middle and high school who may be unable to participate in remote learning are directed to contact their school’s front office staff in order to arrange to receive paper copies of curriculum. Students who have not yet picked up their Chromebooks and chargers should call the office at 532-8131 to make other arrangements, Communications Coordinator Nicholas Handy said. Jaffrey Grade School and Rindge Memorial School are distributing learning materials Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Adults are instructed to stay in their car, and tell staff members their name, their student’s name and grade level in order to receive the appropriate materials. Jaffrey-Rindge teachers may work remotely or stay at school starting on Wednesday depending on their preference, Handy said. For updates regarding Jaffrey-Rindge schools, families can check for the latest information.

Students at Mason Elementary School received their first batch of Blizzard Bags on Wednesday. Mason Elementary staff created a YouTube channel, “The Mighty Mason Mustangs,” for students to access messages from staff, as well as read-alouds. The Mason School Board voted on Monday to cancel April vacation if school resumes before then.

For updates regarding Mascenic schools, the Superintendent’s office announced Tuesday that communications would be sent to all staff and families daily at 2 p.m. through the MRSD Website:, the Blackboard Connect phone messaging system, the Mascenic School District Facebook page, and emails to all district teachers and staff. Superintendent Dr. Christine Martin asked families who do not receive Blackboard Connect messages to verify their phone number with the front office staff of their child’s school.

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