January 11, 2021
Dear Kentfield School District Community,
Thank you for your continued cooperation as we navigate our educational system while in a Stay at Home Order. Today our school sites resumed Hybrid Instruction through welcoming back students with smiling faces and an excitement to re-engage in school-based learning. Below are some general updates and district information.
This past week our local public health continued to offer further clarity and information related to the vaccination distribution for Marin County. Currently Phase 1A - Tiers 1-3 are in the process of receiving the vaccination, and there is a plan to move to Phase 1B in late January - early February. Please note school staff are prioritized in Phase 1B-Tier 1, which means we may have a vaccination available for us shortly. To learn more about the phasing model please reference here.
COVID-19 Testing Information & Update
Last week the KSD hosted COVID testing at both school sites. Three hundred and twenty-two community members (322) were tested inclusive of school staff, students and local residents. The results yielded three (3) positive, four (4) indeterminate, three-hundred and fifteen (315) negative test results. We are planning forward for our next on-site testing to happen on January 25th at Kent Middle School (sign up will be forthcoming). To learn more about available testing in Marin click here.
KSD - KTA Negotiations Update
The KTA and KSD negotiators met on Thursday, January 7th and reached a tentative agreement related to in-person student instruction, perimeter language, current grievances, and the unfair labor practice filing. Further details related to the agreement will be shared with KTA membership on Monday January 11, and with the KSD community at the January regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Thank you for your continued support as we work together to decrease the transmission of the virus and keep our school community as safe as possible.
Take Good Care,
Stay-At-Home Orders, Key Points & Resources:
- State Regional Stay at Home Order and Marin Stay at Home Order
- “All gatherings with members of other households are prohibited except as expressly permitted.” Per the Order, permitted gatherings include: organized sports/activities, childcare and/or outdoor recreational activities (hiking, biking, surfing, etc.).”
- The Travel Advisory provides that intra-state travel threatens to exacerbate community spread within California—particularly because travel itself (especially the use of shared conveyances in air, bus, or rail travel) can increase a person's chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
- The Regional Stay at Home Order states “Nothing in this Order prevents any number of persons from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with) any number of persons from any other household”
- Reference the Essential Workforce guide to determine permissibility of activities and mixing/gathering for work related activities.
- Guidance Related to Cohorts offers information necessary for in-person child supervision and limited instruction, targeted support services, and facilitation of distance learning in small group environments for a specified subset of children and youth.
- KSD Parent Handbook English - Spanish (approved and designed by Marin County Public Health) states children should not participate in more than three (3) cohorts.
- What is a cohort? A cohort is a group of children who stay together to minimize COVID-19 exposure by limiting cross-over. Examples include an elementary school class, aftercare, a youth sports club, a recreational class. Your household and transportation group (e.g., bus) are not considered cohorts.
Updated Resources & Reminders:
Marin County Decision Tree Guidance - Tier I - Stay-at-Home Version
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.
- Marin Public Health provided an update on stay home order and vaccine progress