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October 7, 2020

Good morning,

I hope this email finds you well.  I want to say thank you to all the students, parents, staff and community members for all you are doing to make our schools safe learning environments for our learners and staff.  I appreciate that everyone is doing the daily screenings and taking precautions when they are not feeling well.  It is certainly an exceptionally challenging year for everyone. 

I am writing to share two items.  First, a reminder that parents still need to complete the application for free and reduced breakfast and lunch to maintain seamless service when the current USDA funding expires.  The application deadline is October 21, 2020.  We urge families to complete the application prior to October 21st.  The application and Food Service Director, Jonathan Dupuis contact information, can be found on the Food Service page here.

Please contact Food Service Director, Jonathan Dupuis, at jdupuis@sau73.org, with any questions.

Second, I am sharing the guidance from New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services related to travel outside of New England.  We have had several inquiries regarding travel for Thanksgiving or otherwise.  NH residents or out-of-state visitors traveling to/from areas outside of New England (Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island) need to self-quarantine for the first 14 days of any intended stay in NH after travel (starting from the last day of their travel outside New England). This recommendation is irrespective of the mode of transportation for travel (public vs. private transportation). It is also acceptable for travelers to New Hampshire to self-quarantine in their home state prior to arrival as long as they do not travel on public transportation.”  This is directly from the NH Division of Public Health Bureau of Infectious Disease and Control.  This was also discussed at the October 5th School Board meeting and reaffirmed at the meeting.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

Kirk Beitler

Superintendent of Schools
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September 23, 2020

Subject:  Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Clinic for Students

Dear Gilford and Gilmanton Families,

I am hopeful the school year has started off well for your family.  Back-to-school time comes with a whole checklist of things you need to take care of to start the year off right.  Especially this year.  There is one thing we can check off that list for you!  This fall we will host two school based flu clinics for all students, at no cost to your family.  Our clinics are being offered in cooperation with the New Hampshire Immunization Program (Division of Public Health Services) and the Partnership for Public Health.  The clinics will take place during the school day and trained medical staff will administer the vaccine.  On Friday, October 9th we will offer a clinic outside at the middle and high school from 9:00-11:00 AM.  On the same day (October 9th) we will offer a clinic at the elementary school from 12:30-2:30 PM. 

Why sign your child up for this year’s flu clinic?

  • It is provided at NO COST to your family.
  • Your child will be less likely to get the flu and miss school.
  • You won’t have to miss work when your child is sick with the flu.
  • CONVENIENT!You won’t have to make a trip to your medical provider.

The best way to protect against the flu and its complications is to get a flu vaccine each year.  Anyone can catch the flu, but rates of infection are often highest among children.  Some children may suffer from complications of the flu it they have other health conditions.  The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine.

If you would like your child to receive a flu vaccine in school, please sign the consent form and return both the white and yellow copies back to school with your child.  The school nurses will be sending the consent forms home soon with students. 

You may direct questions to your school nurse.

Sincerely,

Kirk Beitler

Superintendent of Schools
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September 18, 2020

Good afternoon all,

I hope this email finds you well.  I am writing to provide a couple of updates from the Gilford Schools.  First, the high school performing arts department will be performing Godspell Jr. and ticket information is linked below.  Second, is information related to masks with vents or valves.  We had given out some of these masks and now would like to discontinue the use.  We have ordered new cloth masks for our elementary students.  Third, the School Board approved a new dress code policy on September 14th and I wanted to share the policy.

Thank you for all your support.  It has been wonderful to see students back in school.

GHS Godspell Publicity

The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. However, masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

At Monday night's School Board meeting, we discussed that the CDC has not recommended the use of masks with exhalation valves or vents. We are working on ordering new masks for children that own vented masks. Starting Monday, Sept. 21st we will not allow vented masks to be worn at school. There will be disposable masks provided until we have the new cloth masks.

CDC Information

Click here for Dress Code policy.
Respectfully, Kirk Beitler, Superintendent of Schools

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September 3, 2020

Good afternoon all,

I am writing today to share some information related to the return to school for students and families.  I am sharing two formats for the student self screening, one is a PDF and the second is an excel spreadsheet.  This information must be kept by the families and be accessible if requested.  If there is a case of COVID-19 in a school we will be requesting this information.  The other document I am sharing is our nurse COVID tracking sheet.  Again, if there is a case of COVID each nurse is the COVID Coordinator for their school and they will need testing and quarantining information from families, doctors and the state.  Lastly, I am sharing a flowchart from New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.  The chart provides a picture of the steps to be taken if there is a COVID case in one of our schools.

For your information if your child needs a physical exam, Convenient MD is offering physical exams for $20.00.  Convenient MD also provides free flu shots. 

The school district is also partnering with the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health to offer two drive through flu clinics in Gilford.  On October 5th at GMS/GHS from 2:30-4:00 PM and on October 9th at GES from 3:30-5:00 PM.

Calling all substitutes.  The school district is in need of substitutes.  If anyone is interested in becoming a substitute please contact the SAU office at 527-9215.  A substitute at a minimum must have a high school diploma.  

As always if you have any questions please email or call me.

Respectfully,

Kirk Beitler

Superintendent

Gilford School District Self Screening Sheet
Weekly Self Screening Sheet
Nurse COVID Tracking Sheet
5 Steps to Expect if a Student or Staff Member Tests Positive


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Fingerprinting for Volunteers and Chaperones


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.  Click here for complete volunteer fingerprinting procedure.  

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

There are no volunteer clinics currently scheduled. 

The process takes approximately 20 minutes.  New sessions start every ten minutes.

Photos will be taken for ID badge.

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Anyone who volunteers in the Gilford School District must complete an annual volunteer affidavit.

Volunteers who have already been issued an ID badge and would like a new badge for the 2020-2021 school year need to complete the Volunteer Affidavit and submit to the SAU office. 

The form can be printed, completed and submitted to the SAU.  

Gilford School District policies JFABD (Admission of Homeless Students), JBAA (Sexual Harassment) and JICK (Bullying and Cyberbullying) must be reviewed annually by all volunteers.  

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