Heat Mitigation Strategies for Schools

Londonderry School District

Looking ahead at the weather forecast, we are anticipating unseasonably warm weather early next week. As such, the school district will be taking additional steps to ensure that students and staff remain as healthy and comfortable as possible.

First of all, the school district will be implementing an early release schedule for Monday June 7th and Tuesday, June 8th. Londonderry High School and Middle School will dismiss at 12:05 on those days, and our elementary schools will dismiss at 1:00pm. We will not have PM classes at Moose Hill those days as well. This early release schedule is for all our remote students too.

The shortened day will allow us to keep the buildings as cool as possible, while also using other measures. While a vast majority of our school buildings are not air conditioned, we will take the following steps to reduce the impact of unseasonably warm days for our staff and students:

  1. Creation of ‘cooling stations’ for mask breaks in larger areas, shaded outdoor areas, and any areas of buildings that are air conditioned.
  2. Relocation or reorganization of existing spaces to allow for 6’ spacing and the removal of masks during instructional time.
  3. Air flow in HVAC systems adjusted to maximize turnover of cooler air early morning and evening.
  4. Deployment of fans around the buildings, specifically in a manner consistent with updated CDC guidance.
  5. Providing students and staff with additional cool water and breaks during which to access it. All are encouraged to bring individual containers that may be refilled at either bottle-filling stations or water containers provided in each school.
  6. Use of larger spaces in the building, as well as tents outside, for socially distanced instructional areas in which students can remove their masks during instructional time.
  7. Students and staff are encouraged to use lighter weight face masks, including those disposable masks provided by the District that, while still approved means of protection, meet applicable standards for safety.

As always, if parents have concerns about the impact of the heat on their individual children, they may opt to have their students remain at home during this time and make up work upon their return.

We have reviewed these measures with health and safety officials from the Town, and they are in full support of this approach.

Updated NH DHHS Guidance on Facemasks Outdoors Only

In a presentation on June 2nd, the NH DHHS updated its guidance on facemasks outdoors. You can access the full presentation here.

NH DHHS states: “With levels of community transmission decreasing, we recommend that schools and childcare agencies can remove masks in outdoor settings (regardless of a person’s vaccination status), including at recess and during non-contact sports.

  • NH DPHS still recommends physical distancing between children/students, to the extent possible.”

As has been the case the entire school year, we follow the guidance from NH DHHS. All of our schools will work to apply this update to all of our end of the year activities outside and work with families and students on their personal choices around facemasks while they are outside.

This same document continued to recommend facemasks inside the classroom as they have done all year. We have consulted with town officials on that continued recommendation and they agree with this guidance. You can access the full presentation here.

“NH DPHS continues to recommend face mask use and physical distancing in indoor settings where unvaccinated groups are gathering and potentially within 6 feet of others for a prolonged period of time.

To reiterate earlier communications, we have made no plans around reopening for the next school year in terms of facemasks and other mitigation strategies. We are waiting for both the CDC and the NH DHHS to provide their guidance.

Staff and students will continue to use facemasks in the classroom for the remainder of the school year

Since we relaxed our facemask requirements at recess for elementary students the other day we have had a few questions from families and community members on facemasks in the classroom that we want to clarify.

The current guidance from both the NH Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control is for both staff and students to use facemasks in the classroom, regardless of their vaccine status. We will continue to follow this guidance for the remainder of the school year. We do not yet know what the guidance will be for the next school year. We will formulate our reopening plans over the summer as New Hampshire and the CDC release their guidance for the next school year. We want next school year to be as normal as possible for our students and this community.

If anyone wants to read the specific guidance here are the links below:

If you should have any questions or concerns on the current guidance from the NH Department of Health and Human services, their COVID-19 call center is (603) 271 – 6996.

The Londonderry School District

School Board Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, May 18th

The meeting of the Londonderry School Board will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:00PM at the
Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH in the LHS Cafeteria. In light of the current
health crisis, we will be observing social distancing guidelines in this evening’s meeting. The meeting will also
be broadcast on local Cable Access Ch. 21 as well as the District’s YouTube Channel.

Please click here for the Meeting Agenda.

Londonderry High School Drama Club proudly presents: Little Shop of Horrors

Londonderry High School Drama Club proudly presents:

Little Shop of Horrors, a remote musical, streaming live exclusively on ShowTix4u.com at 7pm on Saturday May 15 and 7pm on Sunday May 16.

A $10 streaming ticket allows you to watch the show on a device of your choosing at the scheduled times.

https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/50276

Message from Chair of the School Board on COVID-19 Grants

Good afternoon – this is Mike Saucier, Chairman of the School Board this year.

While it is not the practice of the School Board to respond to rumors or social media chatter – based on the number of people who have reached out to the Board with concerns I felt it necessary in this case to issue a statement to be sure that the public has the correct information.

1. The COVID relief grant is just that – a federal funding plan to help schools and districts recover from the challenges of the pandemic and to prepare all of us for the final weeks of this year.

This grant has nothing to do with school curriculum.  There is a separate process for all of those discussions. Any discussions about changing our state’s education curriculum would come with full public notice as well as input from both the NH Department of Education and from Commissioner Frank Edelblut.

Specifically, any conversations or debates about “CRT” are happening at the state level, in the New Hampshire legislature. We are monitoring those discussions and pieces of legislation such as HB 544.  Those debates are not a part of the work being done by Londonderry School Board.  Those are questions best directed to our state lawmakers and to Commissioner Edelblut.

The Board supports moving forward with this COVID relief grant. We believe it will help us offset the expenses and financial losses our district and our taxpayers have all suffered since the early months of 2020.

2. The process for the Covid grants that the federal government has used is to send all information to the states.  Then the state governments send guidance to local districts.  It is the state’s job to monitor how that money is spent by the local districts – here is a link to that guidance that we are following – https://www.education.nh.gov/who-we-are/division-of-learner-support/bureau-of-instructional-support/cares-act-funding

To be as clear as possible – the Covid grant money has nothing to do with CRT and the School Board is not considering, discussing, or debating anything to do with CRT.  Anyone sharing information that says otherwise is misinformed.

I will close by encouraging all people to reach out directly to the school district if you have questions or concerns and to receive accurate information.  You can reach out to the full School Board through email at schoolboard@londonderry.org or you can reach out to Superintendent Scott Laliberte at slaliberte@londonderry.org

Michael Saucier – Chairman of the School Board

Legal Notice of Public Hearings (Tuesday May 4th)

LONDONDERRY SCHOOL DISTRICT
LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

The Londonderry School District will conduct two public hearings at their May 4, 2021 scheduled meeting.  The first public hearing will be the acceptance of the Federal ESSER II Grant.  The Londonderry School District is scheduled to receive $696,335 to defray the costs associated with the COVID pandemic. Such funds shall be received under RSA198:20-b, appropriations for Unanticipated Funds.

The second public hearing will be to withdraw funds from the School District’s Expendable Maintenance Trust Fund.

The School Board Meeting will take place at the Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire in the Cafeteria on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The public is invited to attend.

The following notice is for the 5-4-21 School Board Meeting with Public Hearing on the Jacob Naar Memorial Scholarship Fund that needs to be placed on the Announcement Page as soon as possible:

LONDONDERRY SCHOOL DISTRICT
LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Londonderry School District will conduct a public hearing at their May 4, 2021 scheduled meeting to create the Jacob Naar Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The meeting will create the scholarship fund and establish the purpose of the fund.  In addition to creating the Scholarship Fund, the School Board will vote on the family’s request to withdraw funds for this school year.

The School Board meeting will take place at the Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire in the Cafeteria on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The public is invited to attend.

School Board Meeting April 20th Agenda

The School Board would like to share the following information with all interested community members.  The Board encourages you to reach out any time if you have questions through our email address – schoolboard@londonderry.org

There will be a School Board Regular Meeting open to the public on Tuesday April 20th at 7 pm in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

Click Here to View Agenda

School Board Meeting April 6th 2021 Agenda

The School Board would like to share the following information with all interested community members.  The Board encourages you to reach out any time if you have questions through our email address – schoolboard@londonderry.org

There will be a School Board Regular Meeting open to the public on Tuesday April 6th at 7 pm in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

Click Here to View Agenda

From the Chair of the Londonderry School Board Regarding Federal COVID-19 Related Grants

The School Board would like to share the following information with all interested community members.  The Board encourages you to reach out any time if you have questions through our email address – schoolboard@londonderry.org

The District has been very fortunate to have received several different rounds of grant funding from the Federal Government to cover the unanticipated costs of operating our schools under the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Click here to view a summary of the grants that we have received, and the areas to which they have been allocated.

Last week, we learned that we will be receiving an additional $696,335 in funding for continued COVID-19 expenses as a result of the ESSER-2 grants. While we are still working out specific details regarding how these funds will be allocated, we do know that the funds will be targeted at the following areas:

  1. Extended day and extended school year academic skills development programs, which will allow students to remediate skills lost during the pandemic.
  2. HVAC system upgrades intended to increase our ability to recirculate fresh air in our school buildings.
  3. Refreshing PPE Supplies such as masks, cleaning supplies, and hand sanitizer for next school year.
  4. Increasing student technology to be able to extend the learning environment beyond the school day and building. While we hope not to have to enter a period of remote learning again, it is clear that students will need to be able to access their learning outside of school. We need to maintain the technological infrastructure to make this happen.

We have been fortunate to receive these funds, and will continue to maximize their use in maintaining a safe and effective learning environment. These funds will be available for our use through the 2022-2023 School Year. We do anticipate that there will be a third round of ESSER funds disbursed, though we are still awaiting details on that program.  The details of our federal grant programs will be reviewed in greater detail at our April 6 School Board meeting.