** IMPORTANT UPDATES**
COVID-19 School Closures & Information
Please check back here often for updates and information. In addition, information is being sent to the email on file in the office. Please contact the office directly to update this contact information. You can also update your contact information in schoolmessenger by logging in to http://go.schoolmessenger.com
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:05 PM
Our main update for this evening is for weekend meal package distribution, which you can read below.
Weekend meals by SNHU: Weekend meal package distribution will continue this Saturday, April 4, thanks to Southern New Hampshire University. We thank you for your patience as we started this program last weekend. We are making a few changes going forward – we will have three main locations and two secondary locations. Here is the schedule:
- Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way: 9:30-11:30 am
- Manchester Police Athletic League, 409 Beech St.: 9:30-11:30 am
- Parkside Middle School, 75 Parkside St.: 9:30-11:30 am
- Smyth Road School, 245 Bruce Road: 9:30-10 am
- Crystal Lake Park, 679 Bodwell Road: 10:30-11 am
Please remember social distancing – when waiting for meal pickup, it’s very important to make sure you’re standing 6 feet away from others.
Board of School Committee meets remotely TONIGHT: The Board of School Committee will hold a special emergency meeting tonight, Wednesday, to vote on two tentative contract agreements with unions that represent school district staff, including the Manchester Education Association, which represents city teachers. The meeting will be held remotely, and there will be no public comment as it is a special meeting. If you’d like to watch the meeting, you can view it live at www.manchestertv.org/22. You can also listen to the meeting by calling (978) 990-5000 and entering the access code: 761615#.
March 30, 2020, 4:21 PM
Here are evening updates for tonight, Monday, March 30, from Manchester School District:
In-person kindergarten registration dates cancelled: All in-person kindergarten registration dates set for April have been cancelled. We are working on a process for online registration for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. We will bring you more information as soon as we can.
Daily food distribution continues this week: We are continuing to distribute food each day using our modified bus schedules, available at www.mansd.org. If you are unable to be at one of the bus stops, you can pick up food at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester Teen Center at 42 Stark St. between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Regular evening update emails will come on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Starting this week, we’ll be sending the evening update only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. As time goes on that will likely be reduced further. We want to make sure you’re informed but we also understand that parents have a lot coming at them right now. We will send emergency communications as needed. You can also send questions directly to email@example.com.
Board of School Committee will meet remotely: On Wednesday, the Board of School Committee will hold a special emergency meeting to vote on two tentative contract agreements with unions that represent school district staff, including the Manchester Education Association, which represents city teachers. The meeting will be held remotely, and there will be no public comment as it is a special meeting. If you’d like to watch the meeting, you can view it live at www.manchestertv.org/22. You can also listen to the meeting by calling (978) 990-5000 and entering the access code: 761615#.
March 26, 2020 5:03 PM
Our main update is the big one – on the orders of Gov. Chris Sununu, schools will be closed through at least May 4 as part of a state-wide stay-at-home order. That order closes all non-essential businesses and calls for all to stay home unless absolutely necessary.
Schools will remain closed through May 4: As part of the stay-at-home order, Manchester School District schools will remain closed through that time and in remote learning status. We will bring you more information on the impact this order will have as soon as we can.
Meal distribution continues: We will continue meal distribution daily by bus routes – you can find information on the routes at www.mansd.org. We are also dropping food at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester Teen Center at 42 Stark St. Those packaged breakfasts and lunches are available for pickup between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. along with grab-and-go dinners prepared by the YMCA.
Location change for weekend meal pickup: Our weekend meal package pickup will continue as planned with one exception – we have moved one pickup site from JFK Arena to the Police Athletic League parking lot at 409 Beech St. Packs will be available for pickup at all locations starting at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday, March 28. Here is the updated list of pickup locations:
- Police Athletic League building, 409 Beech St. (replaces location at JFK Arena) - please enter from Lake Avenue and exit onto Beech Street
- Crystal Lake Park, 679 Bodwell Road
- Parkside Middle School, 75 Parkside St.
- Smyth Road School, 245 Bruce Road
- Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way
Playgrounds closed and hard courts are closed: Playgrounds and hard courts (for example, basketball courts) are closed in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Evening updates may not be sent every night: In sending updates every evening Sunday through Friday for the last few weeks, our goal was to make sure we were providing the most up-to-date information. Going forward, we will only be sending these evening updates when we have the information that you need to know. We understand that parents are inundated with notifications regarding remote learning, and we want to make sure our most important communications get your attention. As always if you have urgent questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 24, 2020 5:39 PM
We have just a few updates for you tonight.
You’re doing great: This goes out to everyone in our community: parents, students, teachers, administrators, volunteers, food service workers, bus drivers … all of you. This is a stressful time, made more difficult by our effort to continue the learning process remotely. Remote learning has been successful because we’re approaching this as a community. Parents, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the school with any questions about assignments. If you need technical support from the school district, you can call our helpdesk at 413-3420.
Get #caughtlearning and share with us: Parents: starting tonight, we’d love for you to share your #caughtlearning moments with your students. Send a photo with a brief description to email@example.com with the subject line “Caught learning” any time, and we'll share on social media.
Availability of food for children: A reminder that food distribution by bus continues. You can find the route schedule at www.mansd.org. You will be able to pick up bagged breakfast and lunch from the YMCA of Downtown Manchester’s Teen Center at 42 Stark St. around midday each weekday. Watch our Facebook page for a daily update that food is available. In addition, the Teen Center is distributing grab-and-go dinners every evening from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to children 18 and younger. Curbside pickup is available, so you can stay in your car
March 24, 2020 7:47 AM
Meal delivery will continue today despite the snow. We expect buses to begin their routes on time (see the schedule at www.mansd.org) but please allow time for delays. When heading to bus stops, please use caution.
If you cannot make it to the bus stops, we will be dropping meals at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester’s Teen Center (42 Stark St.) at the end of bus routes. We will post an update on our Facebook page when meals are available for pickup there.
Note: Not all school parking lots are plowed this morning – please use caution if you need to go to a school to pick up packets.
March 23, 2020 8:04 PM
We have a handful of important updates to bring you tonight:
Remote learning on Tuesday: We're receiving significant snowfall this evening, but at this time we will continue with remote learning plans for tomorrow. We DO NOT need to call for a snow day as we are in remote learning at this time.
Please be patient with new bus routes: We experienced unexpected delays Monday in our first run with new bus routes. We apologize to any families who were left waiting for food or were unable to wait for the bus. We made some small changes to the new routes – you can find information on the routes at www.mansd.org.
Impact of snow on food distribution: We are hopeful that we will be able to distribute food tomorrow as planned, but we are watching the snow carefully. We will send an update in the morning. For those going to the bus stops to pick up food, please be careful. And for those out on the roads, please continue to be extra cautious around the buses.
Additional food pick-up location: As we mentioned Sunday evening, the YMCA of Downtown Manchester will be distributing grab-and-go dinners every evening from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Families will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch from the Teen Center entrance, 42 Stark Street, beginning tomorrow. Buses will be dropping off food at the end of the route, then the Y will distribute those meals. You can get an idea of when the buses will drop food off by viewing the routes at www.mansd.org.
Clarification on learning packets: We are not distributing packets each week, so if you have already picked up a packet from the bus or your child’s school, you do not need to get another one. If you have not yet picked up a packet for your child, please contact your school to arrange a pickup.
Email for elementary school students: Parents, in order to help elementary school teachers communicate more effectively with their students, the district has turned on email for all elementary school students. This is only temporary and once normal operations resume we will revert back to our previous policy. Your student’s email address is the same login that they are currently using for Google Drive and Clever. If you have questions about your child’s login, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
As a reminder, if you have a school specific question, you’re asked to reach out to the school directly. If you have questions related to COVID-19, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 19, 2020 5:03 PM
We will continue our bus runs tomorrow as we have throughout this week. You can find routes for your school at www.mansd.org. We appreciate your patience as we have rolled out both food distribution as well as distribution of learning materials this week. Here are a few key points and reminders about the bus distribution:
Be sure to communicate with your child’s teachers: Remote learning only works if students and families are in direct communication with teachers. This is also the best way to know whether learning materials are online-only or if printed material is being distributed as well.
Please practice social distancing: As much as possible, please allow for at least 6 feet of space between you and other people. This is especially important at bus stops.
Food is available to all children: School breakfast and lunch will be distributed again tomorrow (Friday), and will continue on Monday with a modified schedule. There is no food distribution on Saturday or Sunday. We will send information on updated bus routes and schedules over the weekend.
Paper school work will be on buses tomorrow: If you were not able to get to a bus today (Thursday) to get paper schoolwork, those materials will be on the bus again tomorrow. Please see the bus routes at www.mansd.org. If you picked up paper school work already, you do not need to pick up any more this week.
If you have full access to learning materials online, you do not need to pick up from the bus: The distribution of paper learning materials is in place to help those who do not have online access. You can still go to the bus each weekday to get breakfast and lunch.
On Thursday morning, Superintendent John Goldhardt and Mayor Joyce Craig went on Manchester Public TV and Facebook Live to answer some student questions. You can watch a replay of the video now on www.facebook.com/ManchesterSchoolDistrict/. It will also be posted on https://www.manchestertv.org/.
March 19, 2020 8:09 AM
Remote Learning Packet delivery has started this morning. We wanted to take a moment to send a few important reminders:
As much as is possible, we ask you to remember to maintain Social Distancing of 6 feet while at the bus stops.
Please be patient with the bus schedules as it may take longer to deliver the materials this morning due to the winter weather.
If the materials you are looking for are not available on the bus, please check the district website or contact your child’s school directly.
March 18, 2020 6:03 PM
Remote Learning Materials Distribution To Begin
The Manchester School District will begin the delivery of physical Remote Learning Materials on Thursday, March 19th. While some Remote Learning Materials have been delivered electronically, the core elementary materials as well as paper copies of some secondary (6-12) materials will now be available. Families can also access the elementary materials on the district website at the links below. Remote Learning materials will also be available for our Special Education Students as well as our English Learners. The District is utilizing our busses to make materials deliveries for ALL students along bus routes at the same times and locations as the existing food delivery schedule; however, for those Special Education students that use specialized transportation their materials will be delivered by their private provider (i.e. STS).
All Manchester School District students can access physical remote learning materials and food by meeting the bus at their regular stop, or the stop nearest their home if they are not a bus rider. Families have been, or will be, contacted by their schools or teachers to provide information and support as we initiate remote learning. This contact may be in the form of a phone call, e-mail, Google Classroom or other electronic format. In the case of a phone call you may see a blocked caller ID. Please answer blocked caller IDs in case it is your child’s teacher calling. This family contact is one way we are recording student attendance. It is important to remember school is not cancelled, these are not “snow days.”
To determine where and at what time the bus will be in your area please visit the Manchester School District Home Page. You will be directed to the list of bus routes associated with your child’s school. Select the route and stop closest to your home. Please be patient and allow for buses to be late as we expect the addition of the material delivery to extend our route stop timing.
Starting Thursday, March 19, 2020; please use this link to access the Elementary Remote Learning Materials Online.
March 16, 2020 4:54PM
The Manchester School District will begin the delivery of food on Tuesday, March 17. The district is utilizing our buses to make deliveries along bus routes. All Manchester School District students can access food by meeting the bus at their regular stop, or the stop nearest their home if they are not a bus rider.
Remote learning delivery has not yet begun. When it begins, all families of students may pick up materials at the same time and location as the food delivery. The initial delivery date will be forthcoming. Families will also be able to access the materials on the district website. Families will be contacted by their schools or teachers to provide information and support as we initiate remote learning.
To determine where and at what time the bus will be in your area please click on the link below. You will be directed to the list of bus routes associated with PARKSIDE. Select the route and stop closest to your home. Please be patient and allow for buses to be late as time of distribution at each stop is unknown. For routes and stops associated with other schools, please visit MANSD.ORG.
***CLARIFICATION*** Only students who have medications that they receive daily from the school nurse should report to school for medication pickup. Schools are not distributing medication for COVID-19 – there is no medication to prevent COVID-19. Please read the CDC guidelines for what to do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.
If you are sick, you should NOT leave your home except to seek medical care. BEFORE YOU DO THAT, please read the CDC guidelines for what to do when you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html.
March 15, 2020
In an update to Manchester School District’s closure announcement from Saturday afternoon, public school buildings will be closed to students for three weeks beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 15, and running through at least Friday, April 3. Remote learning will begin as soon as possible. You will receive a message from your school’s principal tomorrow on school-specific information including:
- Academics – how remote learning will work at your school
- Medicine – when you can go to school to pick up medicine
- Personal belongings – when you can pick up personal items and books.
We will be using buses to distribute food and academic materials beginning Tuesday. We will send a followup message to let you know when the routes and times are posted on our website. Communications related to student services will be coming from the school leadership team starting tomorrow.
Medication & Personal Belongings Pick-Up Schedule
We will facilitate medication pick-ups with the assistance of our school nurses starting on Monday 3/16 - please review the pick-up schedule below.
Starting Tuesday 3/17, we will include facilitation of personal belongings pick-ups with the assistance of our school teams.
We have staggered the pick-up times by alphabet groups so we can manage the flow of people through the buildings. If you are not able to get to the school at the designated time we ask that you reach out to the school directly to arrange a pick-up time that will meet your schedule.
Monday - MEDICATION PICK-UP ONLY
- 9:00-10:00 - A-F
- 10:00-11:00 - G-L
- 11:00-12:00 - M-R
- 12:00-1:00 - S-Z
Tuesday-Friday: Medication and Personal Belongings Pick-Ups
- 9:00-10:00 - A-F
- 10:00-11:00 - G-L
- 11:00-12:00 - M-R
- 12:00-1:00 - S-Z
This is an unprecedented health crisis, and our response is unprecedented. We ask all to please take care of yourselves and others by following the best health practices provided by the CDC, and be sure to take time to check in on others.
We ask you to direct further school-specific questions directly to your school: