July 14, 2021

Community Update

COVID-19 Safety Guidance for K-12 Shools
Guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools has been released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Marin County Public Health Officer and Superintendent of Schools. The KSD is reviewing all of the information to ensure we are fully prepared to follow the most up to date guidance from our health officials for school operations in the 2021-22 school year.

To be as informed as possible please review these resources and submit any questions you have HERE. We will use the questions submitted to put together a Frequently Asked Questions resource for our school community.

Safety Measures for K-12 Schools
HIGHLIGHTS MASKS:

  • Masks are optional outdoors for all in K-12 school settings.
  • K-12 students are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH guidance.
  • Adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students.
  • Schools must develop and implement local protocols to provide a face covering to students who inadvertently fail to bring a face covering to school to prevent unnecessary exclusions.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING:

  • Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking) are implemented. This is consistent with CDC K-12 School Guidance.

HAND HYGIENE RECOMMENDATION:

  • Teach and reinforce washing hands, avoiding contact with one's eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes among students and staff

CLEANING RECOMMENDATION:

  • In general, cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove potential virus that may be on surfaces. Disinfecting (using disinfectants on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency COVID-19 list) removes any remaining germs on surfaces, which further reduces any risk of spreading infection.