Kentfield School District News
Dear Kentfield School District Community,
This past week I was reminded of the importance of celebrating the JOY in our schools. Author visits to Acts of Kindness, conferring with teachers and hula-hooping at recess are just some of the happenings on our school campuses and at a distance. To help make more visible all that is happening in our schools Principal Spitzer and Principal Althouse will begin hosting site specific morning “chats” this month. Mark your calendars and join the discussions to learn more about what is taking place at our school sites!
In closing I want to extend a special appreciation to the KSPTA for their coordination in the successful Kids Closet event this past Saturday. Over 40 families benefited from the generosity of our community. Special thanks to Laura Harrison, Christy Chandler, and Amber Hatfield for all their behind the scenes coordination!
Additional district updates are provided below.
February is Black History Month
This month our staff will be taking intentional steps to engage in discussion about influential African Americans for Black History month. This focus aims to inspire ongoing discussions about our nation’s history and positive change among our young people.
Instructional Schedule: February 22-26, 2021
Based on Marin county being in the Purple Tier and knowing that much of our school community will be traveling during the Mid-Winter Break, the KSD will maintain the past practice of offering Distance Learning only following an extended holiday break. Hybrid Instruction will resume on Monday, March 1 serving Cohort B and alternating to Cohort A the subsequent week.
The KSD will offer COVID-19 Testing at Kent MS on Monday, February 22 from 8:30-3 p.m. Testing is available for our community and highly encouraged if you have engaged in any high risk behavior (gather with three (3) or more households or traveling outside of the state/country). Please be sure to sign up by Feb. 16. Here is the Testing Sign Up and COVID-19 Testing Paperwork.
KSD COVID-19 Dashboard
In an effort to keep the KSD community informed a KSD COVID-19 Dashboard has been developed to display levels of exposure notification in alignment with Marin County Public Health Exposure protocols. The KSD COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated regularly. See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more details about this Dashboard.
Hybrid Instruction Updates
Our staff continue to refine and reflect on our current model and adjust based on the needs of our students. Recently, some tents have been put up to allow for more intentional small group instruction outdoors and we continue to invite students to join cohorts that may not be full. Criteria utilized for inviting students to attend both cohorts varies and is distinct based on the individual needs of the child.
2021-2022 Kindergarten/New Student Registration Now Open
If you have a current student enrolled in KSD with an incoming new sibling, please contact Lynn Bartha email@example.com so she can guide you through the registration process and gather information about your child. kentfieldschools.org/families/student-registration/.
- Incoming Kindergarten students will need to turn 5 before September 2, 2021.
COVID-19 Decision Tree Guidance - English & Spanish Version
Know when to stay home and what to do when you or your family don't feel well or have engaged in what is categorized as a high-risk activity (e.g., any mixing of households, non-essential travel).
*For security, Zoom links and passwords for events are not posted on the District website, and are sent through ParentSquare.
Daily: Virtual Crossing Guard with Ms. Stephens, 7:55-8:30 a.m., Zoom
Monday, February 1, 2021
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
- Kent Site Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- DELAC meeting, 6-7 p.m., agenda
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
- Bacich ELAC meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m., agenda
Monday, February 8, 2021
Safety Committee meeting, 12:30 p.m., agenda
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
- School Board meeting, 5 p.m., agenda
Tuesday, February 10, 2021
- KIK board meeting, 7:30-9 p.m.
- Bacich Principal Chat, 8:45 a.m.
Thursday, February 12, 2021
- Bacich Talent Show sign ups close.
- Kent Principal Chat, 9:15 a.m.
February 15-19, 2021: Presidents' Day Recess - No School
February 16, 2021
- Registration deadline for on-campus COVID-19 testing on February 22.
School Board & District Committees
- Board Meeting Highlights: February 9, 2021
- Board Meeting Video Archive
- Board Statements and Community Letters
- Next Monthly School Board meeting: Tuesday, March 9, 2020, 5 p.m., Zoom
- All are welcome and encouraged to attend via Zoom.
- Addressing the Board
Budget 101 Presentation – Part 1 Recording, December 16, 2020
District English Language Learners Advisory Committee meeting: February 2, 2021, 6-7 p.m.
Safety Committee meeting: February 8, 2021, 12:30 p.m., agenda
Bacich ELAC meeting, February 3, 2021, 8:30-9:30 a.m.,agenda
DELAC Meeting, February 9, 2021, 6-7 p.m., agenda
Safe Routes to School
Marin County COVID-19 Testing Opportunities
KSD On-Site Testing
The KSD will offer COVID-19 Testing at Kent MS on Monday, February 22 from 8:30-3:00pm. Testing is available for our community and highly encouraged if you have engaged in any high risk behavior (gather with three (3) or more households or traveling outside of the state/country). Please be sure to sign up by Feb. 16. Here is the Testing Sign Up and COVID-19 Testing Paperwork.
Public Health Testing – Curative: Marin County Public Health offers five-day a week communitywide Curative COVID Testing opportunities. Appointments will be opened 4 days prior to testing day. For more information click here.
Whether your family is insured or not there are free and easy testing options in our county.
Discover local case rates, trends, demographics, and resources to stay up to date with the status of COVID-19 in Marin at the Marin Recovers and Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Surveillance Update websites.