January 25, 2021
Dear Kentfield School District Community,
Today, we received an announcement from our state and local officials that the Regional and Local Stay at Home orders have been lifted in the Bay Area and Marin County. We are reviewing this new information to determine the adjustments needed to our current protocols.
Although this shift is positive, we must recognize we are still in Tier I - Purple of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Safety and well-being are our top priority and we have all made sacrifices to get to this point. Our school environments have been adjusted to offer a controlled setting that mitigates transmission of the virus to the greatest extent possible.
In today’s press release, Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis stated, "As we move back into the purple tier, it’s critical to remember the virus is still very active in our community. We could easily backslide if we let our guard down." He reinforced that "face covering, physical distancing, frequent testing, and avoiding indoor gatherings are the best ways to prevent another surge."
In order to keep all our stakeholders updated as the situation evolves the KSD is developing a Local Dashboard to provide more real time data about exposure and notifications sent within our school settings. This tool will be released by the end of the week.
Thank you for doing your part in being vigilant and helping to decrease the COVID case-rate in our community!
KSD and KTA Common Message
At last week’s KSD board meeting, KTA announced the ratification of a tentative agreement with KSD. The agreement focuses on working collaboratively to optimize our educational program while maintaining the safety and well-being of all. This week KTA and KSD are launching a joint workgroup with representatives from all grade levels, including enrichment teachers, specialists and our classified staff. Together we will develop plans for adjustments to our current hybrid model and prepare for a future transition to full in person instruction.
KSD and KTA agreed that no changes to the instructional model or cohort size will occur without mutual agreement from both parties. No further changes can occur until Marin County is in the Red Tier for two consecutive weeks. Our focus is to plan while we are in the Purple Tier for what may be possible in the Red Tier.
Much has been learned over the last few weeks as we have implemented Hybrid Instruction. We are using our learning to inform adjustments to the current Hybrid program in an effort to enhance teaching and learning. A summary of adjustments are below:
- Cohorts that are not currently full, i.e. less than 12, have begun inviting additional students as an intervention strategy to accelerate student learning. This means that a student may be in Cohort A and B. Students invited to partake in both cohorts shall count this as two of the three permissible cohorts per public health.
- Physical Education is being re-worked to be offered in-person instruction with multiple cohorts that are clearly separated and not mixed.
- Staff schedules are being re-examined to optimize student supervision and guidance. We hope to increase support for students that may be learning remotely while their peers attending in-person are able to get more focused support from their classroom teacher.
Due to a special collaboration between Kaiser Permanente, Marin County Office of Education and the Marin County Public Health a special vaccination clinic was held this weekend. Approximately 1,300 educators received the vaccination in Marin County, and of those close to 50 were KSD staff. As the vaccination distribution continues we can anticipate more opportunities for our educators in the coming weeks.