Dear KSD Community,
Today, Marin Public Health announced implementing some relaxed guidance and harm-reduction strategies in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This shift is a result of our local COVID-19 data, which demonstrates that the Marin school environment has been stable, allowing our schools and classrooms to remain open through the peak of the Omicron surge. The Marin County 32-Point Guide to Site-Based Classroom Instruction has been updated in alignment with CDC and CDPH which will go into effect Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Below is a summary of the key updates outlining how the KSD will adjust school operations based on this guidance.
Your partnership and commitment to our changing landscape has been invaluable, as our collective efforts of working together in minimizing transmission and adhering to public health guidance has proven effective and beneficial for the well-being of our school community.
Summary of Key Updates, Effective January 25
- KSD will reinstate large gatherings indoors and outdoors such as school assemblies (Guideline #18)
- All KSD staff and students will be required to wear face coverings indoors, unless there is a medical or behavioral contraindication or exemption. Outdoor masking for staff and students will be optional. Staff and students should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. (Guideline #24)
- Spectators may attend youth related activities -- and if indoor on a school campus, spectators and participants shall be masked. Indoor Events with 500 or more attendees must show proof of vaccination verification. Outdoor Events with 5000 or more attendees must show proof of vaccination verification per CDPH (Guideline #31)
Marin County Updated Guidelines Include:
#18 Applicable: Large gatherings (i.e., school assemblies) are allowed indoors and outdoors. Participants and attendees must follow current CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings. For indoor mega-events with 500 or more people, schools and event operators using school facilities must follow CDPH requirements for mega-events. Attendees must verify fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result is required of all attendees. Testing must be conducted within one day for an antigen test and within two days for a PCR test prior to entry into an event. Attendees cannot self-attest to verify vaccination status or a negative test result.
#24 Updated: All staff as well as all students are required to wear face coverings indoors, unless there is a medical or behavioral contraindication or exemption. Staff, students, and visitors should wear the most protective mask that fits well and will be worn consistently. Properly fitted respirators (e.g., KN95 or N95) provide the highest level of protection. Double masking with a cloth face covering worn over a surgical mask also offers enhanced protection. Students from grades TK - 2 should be supported and taught how to wear them properly. Staff and students should follow CDPH face covering guidance. They should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
#31 Updated: Other School related youth activities (i.e., student transportation, sports, music, drama, after school care, etc.) will follow updated CDPH and Marin County Public Health guidance, including CDPH requirements for mega-events. Spectators will be able to attend all indoor events. Marin County Public Health encourages all spectators to get vaccinated or boosted (if eligible).
COVID-19 Tests: www.findacovidtest.org for up to date information on where antigen tests may be available.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please report it to our school nurse, Laurel Yrun at email@example.com immediately.
Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK)
- January 27, 2022, 6 p.m., Bacich Library or click here for Zoom
- January 28, 2022, 8:30 a.m., Bacich Library or click here for Zoom
Informational meetings will happen in-person with a Zoom option and translation will be available.
Attendees should plan to bring verification of vaccination to participate.
Reminder from the KSD Community Liaison
Dear KSD Families,
The February school lunch menu is now available! For questions and assistance with the orders and School Foodie APP, please contact me at: direct: (415) 482-9848, (415)-458-5130 Ext. 160, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KSD Community Family Liaison
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2021-2022 District Calendar & 2022-2023 District Calendar
KSD, KSPTA & Community Parent Education Opportunities Calendar
Monday, January 24, 2022
- KPSTA Jamba Juice orders opening at kspta.org/store
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
- Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting, 4-5 p.m., agenda
Thursday, January 27, 2022
- Universal Transitional Kindergarten meeting, 6-7 p.m., Bacich Library, in person and Zoom option available.
Friday, January 28, 2022
- Universal Transitional Kindergarten meeting, at 8:30 a.m., Bacich Library, in person and Zoom option available.
Monday, January 31, 2022
- LCAP/Strategic Plan Committee meeting, 4-5 p.m.
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
- Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting, 5-6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
- Bacich English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- Communications Committee meeting, 4-5 p.m.
Thursday, February 3, 2022
- Kent English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Kent Room 11
School Board Information: video recordings of meetings, community letters, minutes, trustee contacts
- Next monthly School Board meeting: Tuesday, February 8, 2021, 5-8 p.m., in-person in Kent Middle School and Zoom audio, agenda
- All are welcome and encouraged to attend in-person or via Zoom.
- Addressing the Board
- Technology Committee meeting, January 24, 4-5 p.m.
- Equity & Inclusion Committee meeting, January 25, 4-5 p.m., agenda
- LCAP/Strategic Plan Committee meeting, January 31, 4-5 p.m.
- District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting, February 1, 5-6 p.m.
- Communications Committee meeting, February 2, 4-5 p.m.
- Safety Committee meeting, February 7 9-10 a.m