Update - March 29

Update - March 29

Parents, students, and staff - 

After the first week of remote learning, we have learned quite a bit based on the teachers, students and parents’ feedback.  We’ve discovered, that while what we’ve done to this point is not perfect, we are far ahead of other communities in regard to practices and participation of students.  This is due to the hard work of the staff and the cooperation and desire to succeed from both students and parents.  I remain thoroughly impressed with the spirit of Hudson.

One thing that I have learned in this process is that going to a remote model with little time to plan for it has certainly presented its challenges.  With the Governor extending remote learning to May 4, I have decided that the best course of action for the mental health and well-being of the students and teachers is to adjust our schedule. Hudson will move to a four-day week for students with that fifth day being a day of planning for teachers.  The weekly Take a Breath (TAB) day will be the Wednesday of each week. 

On the TAB day, teachers will be focused on planning and improving remote instruction for the next week and will not be expected to communicate with students and parents. Students have the opportunity to take a break from work or spend time on future work. 

There is nothing optimal about how the students in New Hampshire are being educated these days, but we continually need to adjust our practices in this situation so that instruction continues in a way that is sustainable for everyone.

In other news: 
- There will be a survey going out on Monday asking for your feedback on remote learning and what suggestions you have to make it as good of an experience as possible.
- Offices at schools and the SAU (Superintendent’s building) will continue to operate from 10 am to 2 pm.  If you need anything from the school, please call ahead for arrangements
- We are compiling a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and will answer them in emails, our website (sau81.org) and on social media as we receive them.

We will continue to listen to your feedback and do what is in the best interest for students.  With commitment, cooperation and flexibility, we will persevere and come out stronger on the other side.

Larry Russell, honored to be your superintendent

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