Important Dates

Gilford School Board Meeting

January 3, 2022 ~ 6:00 p.m. ~ Gilford High School Auditorium


Superintendent's Message

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.


Kirk Beitler

Superintendent of Schools


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

Substitutes Needed

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

Applications can be found at, 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.


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 

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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