December 14, 2020
Dear Kentfield School Community,
At the Dec. 8th Board of Trustees meeting, the Board discussed the option of temporarily implementing Distance Learning or resuming Hybrid Instruction the week of January 4th. After hearing further from teachers, support staff, administration and parents, we have made the determination to temporarily provide Distance Learning only the week of January 4th and resume Hybrid Instruction January 11th.
By temporarily providing Distance Learning only during the week of January 4th, we will offer our school community time to follow the Marin Public Health Quarantine Guidance if they were unable to abide by Marin’s current Stay-at-Home Order.
Community Travel Guidance over Winter Break
If you are traveling over the winter break, we strongly encourage you to plan proactively and return to Marin by Friday, January 1st. For everyone’s safety in our community, please refrain from any other travel or gathering with other households inside or outside your home after January 1st.
Per Marin Public Health, families who are unable to follow the Stay-at-Home Order MUST:
- Monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if any symptoms develop, they should self-isolate immediately;
- Quarantine for 10 days after engaging in a high-risk activity; or
- Quarantine may be discontinued after 7 days if they test negative (diagnostic molecular rt-pcr tests only) on Day 5 or later and remain asymptomatic.
COVID-19 Testing at Bacich and Kent - January 5th
On January 5th, the KSD will host local COVID-19 testing at both school sites for all staff as well as members of our school community. To register for testing sign up here - Bacich or Kent. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, December 31st. We strongly encourage everyone in our community who are unable to follow Marin Public Health guidelines to be tested during the week of January 4th.
Winter Break COVID-19 Reporting
Marin County Public Health has asked each School District to request that members of their community report any exposure to COVID-19 or COVID-19 positive test results during the Winter Break. Reporting can be made by leaving a message at your child(ren)’s respective school site (see phone numbers listed below). Staff will be monitoring messages daily during the break to ensure necessary COVID-related communication is sent to affected families and staff.
As we prepare to break for the winter holiday, I want to take this time to acknowledge how challenging our fall has been with navigating COVID-19 in our community and shifting instructional programs from full Distance Learning to Hybrid Instruction. I extend sincere gratitude and appreciation to all our students, teachers, support staff, administrators and school families for their dedication and perseverance during this unique time. I want to conclude with recognizing our common interest in doing what is best for the students and staff of the Kentfield School District stands above all else. My hope for 2021 is that we can focus on our collective vision by doing our part in keeping our community safe and well.
Take Good Care,
Updated Resources & Reminders:
Marin County Decision Tree Guidance - Tier I - Stay-at-Home Version
Please be sure to commit to the KSD Community Pledge via Parent Square
Marin Stay At Home Order
Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer, initiated Marin’s Stay-at-Home Order effective December 4th through January 4th. This proactive measure was done in an effort to save lives, protect our health care delivery system, and keep those at highest risk and essential workers safe. This order prohibits gatherings with members of other households and non-essential travel.