Important Dates


Filing period for Declarations of Candidacy 
January 19 - January 28, 2022 
Open Candidate Positions 

School Deliberative Session
7:00 p.m. February 8, 2022 - Gilford High School Auditorium

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Superintendent's Message

 

January 13, 2022

Good afternoon,

I am writing to follow up on the NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) guidance on returning to school after Isolation and Quarantine and provide information about free PCR testing from the state.  I know that testing is taking longer and finding at home test kits is difficult right now.  The new isolation and quarantine guidance can be found here.  Mr. Sperazzo has also found this chart from NH DHHS which can be found here.  This chart is helpful in understanding some of the different scenarios for isolation and quarantine.  Parents may request free PCR tests here.  This testing is free at home for all NH residents.

ISOLATION:

If a person has tested positive for COVID they must isolate for 5 days after the date of the positive test or the date of symptom onset (whichever came first).

  • The person may return to school after 5 days of isolation if they are fever free (without fever reducing medication) for at least 24 hours and other symptoms are improving,

  • If the fever has been present in the prior 24 hours, or if other symptoms are not improving, then you should continue to isolate until fever free and symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours, or until 10 days of isolation,

  • The person must wear a well fitted mask in school for days 6-10 after the date of the positive test or the date of symptom onset (whichever came first) when they return from 5 days of isolation.


QUARANTINE: 

If a person is a household contact of a COVID case and is unvaccinated or not up to date on recommended COVID vaccinations they must quarantine at home for 5 days from the last date of contact of the positive case.

  • The person may return to school after 5 days of quarantine,   

  • Watch for symptoms of COVID for 10 days after the last exposure and get tested if symptoms develop,

  • Get tested at least 5 days after the exposure, even if no symptoms develop.  If positive move to isolation,

  • The person must wear a well fitted mask in school for days 6-10 after the date of contact.

 

We are in Universal Masking at all three schools right now as we have seen the number of positive COVID cases increase in our schools.  Please be vigilant about keeping sick students home and sick staff need to stay home with any symptoms.


Respectfully,

Kirk Beitler

Superintendent of Schools

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January 9, 2022

Good evening,

The 2021-2022 GSD Opening Plan  states that the Gilford School Board will review updated information from NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) when there are new recommendations.  NH DHHS published new COVID guidance on Thursday, January 6th related to Isolation and quarantine.  The new guidance can be found here

If a person has tested positive for COVID they must isolate for 5 days after the date of the positive test or the date of symptom onset (whichever came first).

The person may return to school after 5 days of isolation if they are fever free (without fever reducing medication) for at least 24 hours,
The person must wear a well fitted mask in school for days 6-10 after the date of the positive test or the date of symptom onset (whichever came first) when they return from 5 days of isolation.

If a person is a household contact of a COVID case and is unvaccinated or not up to date on recommended COVID vaccinations they must quarantine at home for 5 days from the last date of contact of the positive case.

The person may return to school after 5 days of quarantine,
The person must wear a well fitted mask in school for days 6-10 after the date of contact.

This new isolation and quarantine guidance will go into effect on January 10, 2022 and change the timelines for any staff members or students who are currently in isolation or quarantine.

If a person tested positive on January 4th or before, has no fever, not taking fever reducing medications your return to school date is Monday, January 10, 2022 with a well fitted mask when in school.

All students and staff in isolation or quarantine will be contacted by the school with a new return to school date.

If you have any questions please reach out to the school nurse for clarification.  Our nurses are amazing and I very much appreciate their help navigating these challenging times.  


Respectfully,
Kirk Beitler
Superintendent of Schools
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January 6, 2022

Dear Gilford and Gilmanton communities:

I am writing to provide an update from the January 3, 2022 School Board meeting.  The Gilford School Board has decided that the COVID cases that happened over the holiday break would be disqualified.  By disqualifying the cases that are clearly not associated with the school setting, our current reported numbers on the Dashboard would be a representation of cases in the school community but would not be used to implement the mask wearing protocol.  

Those that tested positive 48 hours after our last day in school (December 23, 2021) will be counted towards the 14 cases and the universal masking protocol.  Cases that tested positive after December 25th will not be counted towards the 14 cases and the universal masking protocol.  

As we have returned to school and have students and staff testing positive after being back in school these cases will be added to the number of COVID cases counted towards the 14 cases and the universal masking protocol.

Again, we will represent all the cases on the Dashboard so that we have a representation of the community spread.  However, we will add a disclaimer to the Dashboard so that the number of COVID cases associated with the school setting is clearly delineated.  

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me or call the SAU office.

Respectfully,

Kirk Beitler

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December 17, 2021


Dear Gilford and Gilmanton communities:


I sent a message yesterday informing the school community about a social media post threatening schools that had been determined to not be credible.  The message on social media and the letter I sent caused quite a stir and created an emotional response in some individuals.


Early this morning I became aware of another social media post from a neighboring superintendent.  This post specifically used the initials GHS and GMS.  Four other schools were identified using school initials.  I immediately started working with the Gilford Police Department and our school Principals to make certain we would be safe in our schools today.  Again we do not believe these are credible threats.


I appreciate the vigilance and the support from students, staff, parents, community members and the Gilford Police.  My concern is social media and the misinformation that is spread across the various platforms.  This misinformation is harmful and can cause people to experience unnecessary fear.  Parents were put into the challenging position of deciding what was best for their child based on limited information.  Unfortunately our attendance in the schools today is a reflection of this challenging position parents were presented with.  We had over 200 students at GHS, over 90 students at GMS and over 90 students at GES that are absent today.


My hope is that we can work together to reinforce the value of responsible digital citizenship.  Responsible digital citizenship is an important component of making our school communities feel safe.  Please continue to talk with your children about their social media presence.  


I would like to take a moment to thank the Gilford Police, the Sheriff's Department, and the State Police that were present today.  The police walked our halls, patrolled the parking lots and our community.


Lastly, thank you to the teachers, support staff and administrators that continue to show up and do the important work of teaching and learning in the Gilford schools.


The Gilford School District truly values and relies upon your partnership.



Respectfully,

Kirk Beitler

Superintendent of Schools
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December 7, 2021

Good afternoon,

At the most recent Gilford School Board meeting there were some adjustments made to the Gilford School District 2021-2022 opening plan.

The School Board has voted to use targeted masking and universal masking at certain times in the three schools.  Targeted masking will be used in the elementary and middle school when there is a cluster of COVID-19.  A cluster is defined as three related cases.  Universal masking will be used in the elementary, middle and high school when there are 14 cases or three unrelated COVID-19 clusters.  It is important that we all be vigilant about illness and stay home when we are not feeling well or we have symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. 

GSD 2021-2022 Opening Plan - Updated December 6, 2021

The Gilford School Board also approved a plan for inclement weather days.  The first inclement weather day will be a traditional snow day.  No remote work for children or teachers including school year support staff.  On subsequent inclement weather days all Gilford schools will implement remote instruction on the same schedule.  The instructional day will start at 8:00 AM and break at 11:30 AM.  All students and staff will break from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM for lunch and recess.  Teachers will be available for office hours from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.  If there is an ice storm or wide spread power outages we would have a traditional snow day.  Phone calls will be made in the morning by 5:30 AM or the night before if the storm is predictable. 

We are in this together and we will get through this together.

Respectfully,

Kirk Beitler

Superintendent of Schools
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December 2, 2021

Dear Parents,

It appears that winter is upon us I want to remind you of the procedures we use to make the decision to either hold or cancel school.  Please remember the final decision as to whether or not children come to school is up to parents.

We monitor the weather forecasts daily; the decision making for a delay or snow day begins around 4:30 a.m.  When a weather event is anticipated our transportation company, the director of buildings and grounds and the superintendent monitor the New Hampshire weather forecasts.  The transportation company, the director of buildings and grounds and/or the superintendent are in touch with the Gilford road agent for road conditions, as well as plans for plowing, salting and sanding.  The transportation company and the superintendent are in touch with the Gilmanton superintendent for information regarding the Gilmanton road conditions.  Communication with the transportation company is very important and ongoing.

It is not uncommon for WMUR to be reporting conditions that may be true for much of the state but not targeted or accurate for our specific region.  The decision to hold school is based on all of this information.  School is held only in the event that the assessment indicates that buses can safely pass over the roadways.  Safety is the number one priority in making the decision.

If the roads are not expected to be in good condition (in other words buses cannot pass safely), by the time bus routes normally begin but they are expected to improve to an acceptable standard within two hours, then the practice is to delay school for two hours.  If it is determined that road conditions will not be safe by 7:30 a.m. then school will be canceled.  Every effort is made to get a message to you between 5:30 and 5:45 a.m. in the form of a voice mail or text message.

These messages are for your convenience; however, even with the most reliable system we are still dependent on satellite technology, electricity and the internet to get a message to you.  There is always the possibility that any one of these technologies could have a problem.  If you do not receive a phone message please check Channel 9 - WMUR which lists the information about school delays or closings.

We are not a city district in a compact area.  Our location in Belknap County is unique with drastic changes in elevation and some dirt roads.  This is important for you to know because it is impossible for us to know the conditions on every road.  That is why we ask parents to use their discretion.  If, in a parent’s estimation, the roads from their location are not safe then they should keep their children home from school.  Students will be allowed to make up any work that has been missed.

Thank you very much for your support and collaboration.

Kind regards,

Kirk Beitler

Superintendent of Gilford Schools
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Substitutes Needed

The Gilford School District is seeing qualified substitutes for teaching, paraeducators, custodial and food service.  

Applications can be found at https://www.sau73.org/sau_information/forms, calling 603-527-9215 or stop by the District office at 2 Belknap Mountain Road.  



Fingerprinting for Volunteers and Chaperones

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The Gilford School District welcomes volunteers in our schools.

A fingerprint background check is required in all Gilford schools for individuals, volunteers and chaperones engaged in the following activities:

  • classroom volunteers

  • chaperones on field trips

  • assisting at school activities such as dances, plays and concerts

  • volunteer coach

Once a thorough background investigation and criminal records check is complete with no disqualifying records and the volunteer has completed orientation, the volunteer will be issued an identification badge to be worn every time the volunteer works in the school.  

Fingerprint clinics are scheduled at the SAU office located at 2 Belknap Mountain Road.  A photo ID is required for identification.  

The next clinic is scheduled for
Monday, January 10, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

The process takes approximately 30 minutes. A photo will be taken for the ID badge.

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Anyone who volunteers in the Gilford School District must complete an annual Volunteer Affidavit and Confidentiality Agreement.  

Volunteers who have already been issued an ID badge and would like a new badge for the 2021-2022 school year need to complete the Volunteer Affidavit and Confidentiality Agreement and submit to the SAU office. Every four years volunteers will need to go through the background investigation and criminal records check at the SAU office.

Volunteer Affidavit

Confidentiality Agreement

The form can be printed, completed and submitted to the SAU.  Forms can be emailed to gsd@sau73.org. 

Gilford School District policies JFABD (Admission of Homeless Students), ACAC (Title IX Sexual Harassment) and JICK (Bullying and Cyberbullying) must be reviewed annually by all volunteers.  Click here to review the policies.

Important Information

Gilford School District COVID-19 Dashboard

Gilford School District - Anti-Discrimination Plan

Material Safety Data Sheets for Sanitizing & Disinfecting Products

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