Yesterday I had the privilege of welcoming back our teachers and staff and kicking off the school year. Staff will spend three days doing various trainings and getting ready to welcome our students on Monday.
I have several items I’d like to share. This message is a little longer than usual but important.
- First Day of School & Hudson Police Department
- Handbook & Policy Review
- Bus Routes
- Food Service
- Health Protocols
- Town Master Planning Survey
- Joint Meeting with the Board of Selectmen
First Day of School & Hudson Police Department
The Hudson Police Department will provide extra support at crossing guard posts during the first week of school. Traffic is always a challenge the first week and I’m grateful to the HFD for their continued partnership.
Handbook & Policy Review
All families should have received an email on August 10, explaining the Handbook & Policy review process. While it does take a few minutes to go through, this process eliminates paper forms and makes sure that the district notifies all families about important policies. If you haven’t completed the review, please go to PowerSchool, login and select “Handbook & Policy Review” on the lower left corner.
The district has a variety of ways to communicate with students, staff, families and the community. We make every effort to keep you informed but not send too many messages. I will continue to send email messages weekly on Thursdays. The district uses text messages for important information such as school closures or in emergencies.
Please keep your information up to date and cell phone numbers are very important. We DO NOT share your information.
The district website contains general information including the district and school calendars. All superintendent messages are on the district website towards the bottom under “Superintendent Updates.”
Please call your child’s school if your contact information has changed. The district will test our email/phone/text system during the first full week of September.
Bus routes are posted on the district website under Families>Bus Routes.
Food & Nutrition Services
For the past two years the USDA has offered free breakfast and lunch to all students. This program ended in June.
Meal prices for 2022-2023:
- Breakfast: $1.75
- Lunch: $2.75
- Breakfast: $1.75
- Lunch: $2.85
- Breakfast: $2.25
- Lunch: $3.25
Free & reduced price meals are available to eligible families. The savings can be significant – approximately $500 for an elementary student that eats lunch every day. The application is one-page and confidential. More details are available on the Food & Nutrition Services website.
This will be the third year of starting school with COVID-19 as part of our lives. On August 4, the US Department of Health & Human Services declared monkeypox a public health emergency.
Our focus is to keep our school healthy and kids in school. The best way to do that is to stay home when feeling sick. We will continue to thoroughly clean our schools and with good hand hygiene.
Town Master Planning Survey
The Town of Hudson is in the process of updating the Hudson master plan. A preliminary draft of the master plan was created in spring of 2020. The town would like your feedback through its 2022 Public Input Survey.
Joint Meeting with the Board of Selectmen – September 1
Next Thursday, September 1, the Hudson School Board and the Hudson Board of Selectmen will host a joint meeting at the Hudson Community Center. The agenda includes meeting with school and town administrators, a state of the district and discussions on school safety and capital improvements. The business portion of the meeting will be broadcast on HCTV.
Finally, I’d like to welcome all of our new staff to the district. We’re excited to have them – please extend a warm welcome! We are still seeking food service personnel, lunch monitors and paraprofessionals. Please consider joining us: sau81.org/careers.
Superintendent of Schools
August 29 – First Day of School for Students
September 1 – Joint Meeting with School Board & Board of Selectmen
September 5 – Labor Day – No School
September 12 – School Board Meeting
September 13 – NH Primary – No School
September 26 – School Board Meeting
October 10 – Columbus Day – No School