Kentfield School District News
Dear Kentfield School District Community,
As we come closer to the first day of the 2020-21 school year there is much curiosity and wonder about how this new year will look and feel. At a time, when we would typically be preparing our schools to welcome our students on campus we find ourselves designing a distance learning program that will cultivate community and inspire student learning. Through reflecting on our experience this past spring and feedback from our stakeholders, we are refining our instructional program to maintain a challenging, engaging, and high quality education our students deserve and want.
Last week, close to 500 stakeholders participated in our grade level information sessions, which outlined the instructional day at Bacich and Kent as well as a sample of what a daily schedule may look like for students. The design we developed positions us well to implement distance learning, in-person instruction, or a combination thereof, depending on what is allowable per our state and local officials. On August 3, the state outlined the waiver process for elementary schools to resume in-person instruction, which we continue to monitor while we prepare our distance learning program. When it is permissible to begin bringing students back to campus we will work diligently with our staff and school community to gradually transition into a hybrid program of distance and in-person learning seamlessly.
We are planning to provide additional details around the instructional program, student work expectations, and the opening of school operations by August 21. In preparation for our Distance Learning program, we are requesting additional feedback through our KSD Fall 2020 Reopening Survey. Returning families may access the survey here and new KSD families may access the survey here. We ask that you complete the survey by August 17, 2020, so our planning can continue to be informed by community feedback.
As we all continue to navigate this new normal, I have full confidence that our community can overcome the various obstacles we may face and look at the opportunities in front of us as a chance to reimage school for our children. My hope is that this global pandemic has opened the door for a new level of innovation and creativity that lends to a dynamic way of educating our youth.
Monday, August 10, 2020
- Student Focus Groups
Thursday, August 13, 2020
- 8:30 a.m. KSD Summer Staff Office Hours
- 4-5 p.m. Community Office Hours
August 17-21, 2020
- Staff Back To School Preparation – Parent/Guardian Education
Monday, August 17, 2020
- Reopening survey deadline – learn more in the announcements section
Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 5 p.m. School Board Meeting
- The meeting will be held virtually. All are welcome to attend. An email and text will be sent beforehand with the login instructions.
- Addressing the Board
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
- First Day of School
- Data Confirmation Due
Community Office Hours with Superintendent Raquel Rose
- Weekly on Thursdays from 4 p.m.
- Spanish language Community Office Hours: TBD
- Families will receive an email, sent through Aeries, with the Zoom webinar link and password.
- Virtual Office Hours Archive
- July 21, 2020 Board Meeting Highlights
- Board Meeting Video Archive
- Next Monthly Meeting: August 18, 2020, 5 p.m.
- Families will receive the virtual meeting details before the meeting.
Don't Miss These Announcements
KSD Fall 2020 Reopening Survey
In preparation for our Distance Learning program, we are requesting additional feedback from our student families. This survey is for a single KSD student, if you have additional students in Kentfield schools, please follow the link at the end of the survey to start again for the next student. Please complete the survey by August 17, 2020, so our planning can continue to be informed by community feedback. Below are the links to each survey.
- Returning KSD Family (English) and (Spanish)
- Kindergarten or New to KSD Family (English) and (Spanish)
- The annually required Data Confirmation window is now open in the Aeries Parent Portal and should be completed before school starts on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
- Proof of Residency Affidavit in English and Spanish
School Lunch Program
We are excited to bring a new food vendor to Kentfield. School Foodies will be providing school lunch packs for our distance learning program this year. Distance Learning Meal Variety Packs that feature delicious, fully prepared, high-quality lunches that can be taken home and enjoyed. The packs will include five meals and can be picked up from Kent Middle School on Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) anytime between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. More information to come.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Available
Families need to re-apply for free and reduced-price lunches annually, even if you
have been approved in the past. This year we will provide five school lunches in a box per week. You will pick up the box at Kent Middle School on Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) between the hours of 11:00AM and 1:00 PM.
KSPTA School Supplies Fundraiser
The District and KSPTA are continuing to work together to coordinate student school supplies. This past week the orders arrived and we are determining the best method to distribute these materials to students.
All 3rd-8th grade students will be equipped with a district-owned Chromebook to use for Distance Learning, In-Person Learning, or a combination thereof. We will be asking our Kindergarten through 2nd grade students if they need devices at home to support their Distance Learning, and if so the district will equip them with an iPad. Distribution information will be provided soon.
Marin Enrichment (ME) will be offering on-site childcare at Bacich School for KSD students and staff. New families can access the application here, returning ME families can access the application here. We are thankful to have such a strong partnership with Marin Enrichment as they will be setting up a system to support students with accessing their Distance Learning and devise small groups of students that can work together, while maintaining safety protocols and procedures outlined by public health.
Kentfield School District Board Policy 4336
Board Policy 4336: Nonschool Employment outlines the expectations of all district employees to give the responsibility of their positions precedence over any other outside employment. In this time of distance learning, please recognize that school employees shall not work in outside employment during their work day, and please refer to the provisions of KSD Board Policy related to staff providing tutoring for a KSD student.
Corte Madera Creek Restoration at College of Marin
Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed and the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, in partnership with College of Marin, are proposing to restore part of Corte Madera Creek by removing over half of the concrete channel walls downstream of the Stadium Way Bridge. This grant-funded project would increase creek capacity for flood waters and create 1.5 acres of new habitat resilient to sea level rise and climate change.
A portion of Parking Lot 12 remains closed as a result of damage to one of our PV canopies. Repairs are in progress and construction is scheduled to be done by the end of August.
There will be increased traffic stoppage on College Avenue until we have completed demolition. There will be a flagman onsite at all time. There will be large trucks coming in and out of the site via the driveway close to the crosswalk on College Avenue. We have noticed pedestrians not activating the flashing signals when using the crosswalk. Please remember to use this important safety feature as it is the only way vehicles exiting the driveway know that there are pedestrians in the crosswalk.
California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Support Groups
The free helpline provides free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to parents, children and youth in any language via calls, text, live chat, and email.
Parent Education Series Webinars
Join Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Series and the Marin County Office of Education for weekly webinars focusing on mental health and wellness in the home.
- Effective Strategies to Support Loneliness and Isolation Due to Lack of Direct Peer Interactions
- Strategies to Address Building an Effective Home Routine/Schedule for Individuals/Families
- Developing Coping Skills to Help Adapt to Change
Drive-Thru Food Distribution at Northgate Mall
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Weekly registration required. Registration opens at 10 a.m. on Thursdays of the week prior.
- No internet access? Call 628-272-8430