HCMS Newsletter

December 2020

Remote Learning at HCMS




On November 30, HCMS made the shift from in-school instruction to remote learning. Remote learning has been scheduled for a one week period following Thanksgiving break. At this time, students are scheduled to return to HCMS on Monday, 12/7/20.

During the week of remote instruction, students are expected to log on to their morning meetings and participate in google classrooms. We know that remote instruction has its limitations and continue to work to improve it.

We have asked all students to turn on their chromebook cameras during classes so that teachers can see them. This is very important so that teachers can ensure that students are attending and understand instruction. Teachers have set up office hours so that individual students can receive one on one virtual support. Learning in this format presents new challenges and appreciate your support in assisting students to remain engaged.

Like you, we continue to follow the trends of COVID spread across the state. As advised by the NH department of Health, we are taking all reasonable precautions at HCMS. The impact of the pandemic is affecting many families and we will continue to make meals available through at least the end of the calendar year.

We all look forward to having the COVID pandemic contained and having student laughter fill our halls!


USDA Food Box Delivery

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5th Grade Teacher Affirmations

Art Club Posters

Food Pantry box decoration, food collection and delivery.

A Veteran's Day Tribute

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Covid-19 Resources

Covid Quick Tips

  • It is best to be tested for Covid-19 5-7 days after an exposure to a positive case.
  • Those test results are informational only, as you can't test out of a 14 day quarantine.
  • Quarantine is not the same as isolation. (You isolate a person when they are infected with Covid-19 or are presumed positive due to lack of testing. You quarantine a person who has had exposure to Covid-19.)
  • As of 12/3/20, NH guidelines for travel and exposure quarantine did change to 10 days, but as of now SAU 23 will be sticking with 14 days to try to ensure the safety of our students.
  • Isolation is 10 days in NH.
  • If you have a positive Covid-19 case within your family; if you are not able to entirely isolate that family member (their own bedroom, bathroom, etc.), the asymptomatic family members would be expected to quarantine for the period of the isolation (10 days) and then another 10-14 day quarantine after the isolation period is completed, for a total of 20-24 days that the asymptomatic family members must stay home and quarantine. Their quarantine cannot start until their last day of exposure to the positive case. (see calendar below)
  • Rapid Antigen tests are intended to be used on symptomatic individuals within the first 5 days of symptom onset, not people without symptoms (like those with an exposure to a positive).
  • If Rapid Antigen tests are used for asymptomatic individuals, there is a much higher rate of false negatives.
  • PCR testing should be done for individuals who are asymptomatic, individuals whose symptoms have persisted for more than 5 days when testing is performed, when a facility does not provide rapid testing, and any time that a rapid test needs to be verified. PCR testing is always a more reliable test result.
  • Covid Antibody testing is a blood test to determine if you have ever had Covid-19.
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COVID-19 Criteria


Any student/staff that presents with COVID-19 symptoms, even mild symptoms, will be dismissed and excluded from school and will need to be tested for COVID-19. The individual will only be allowed to return if they have a negative COVID-19 test result (provided to the school), and the student/staff member is feeling better (general return to school rules apply; fever free for 24 hours without the use of any medication). If testing is declined, the student/staff member will be excluded for an automatic 10 days. Student/staff member may return when at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours have passed since the last fever (off fever-reducing meds) and symptoms have improved. Any student/staff exposed to someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days and may not “test out” of the quarantine. Any student/staff member that has traveled outside of New England will be excluded for a 14 day quarantine (from the last day of travel).


COVID-19 Symptoms (new & unexplained):


· Fever (100.0°F or above) or chills

· Cough

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Fatigue

· Muscle or body aches

· Headache

· New loss of taste or smell

· Sore throat

· Congestion or runny nose

· Nausea or vomiting

· Diarrhea


***If the student/staff member has a documented medical reason (pre-existing allergies, asthma, migraines, etc.) they would present with any of these symptoms the nurses office would need a written letter from the medical provider at the beginning of the school year, before any onset of said symptom appears. ***