July 20, 2020
Hello Kentfield School Community,
Last week two announcements were released from our local and state officials that have made it quite clear we will open our new school year in a full distance learning mode. On July 15th the Marin Public Health recommended a delay to a full return to in-classroom learning, and on July 17th Governor Newsom held a press conference where he outlined California’s Pandemic Plan for Schools. The Governor's plan requires districts in counties on the COVID-19 monitoring list, to remain off the list for fourteen (14) consecutive days in order to begin operating in-person instruction. We will closely monitor Marin’s status, while working intently with our public health and stakeholders to ensure our schools meet the conditions of providing the safest environment for students and staff. When permissible, we will slowly and methodically bring small groups of learners onto campus to the greatest extent possible.
In June our community provided constructive feedback through a survey that offered suggestions and perspectives around distance learning and planning for the fall. We are using this formative information to help shape and create what our programming may look like this school year, which includes the design of daily schedules, learning platforms and outcomes, and interaction with instructors. We are also planning to solicit student focus groups to get additional wonderings and feedback from our learners as we fine-tune our education continuity plan. At the July 16th Superintendent Community Office Hours I shared a framework of KSD’s approach to this new school year as well as further details around what distance learning will entail. Our communication timeline outlines additional benchmarks where you may receive information, provide feedback or ask questions. During the last week of July we hope to share additional substantive detail about our program design which may help parents visualize what can be expected daily.
Recognizing how dynamic this situation is we are approaching our work with a HyFlex model that allows us to be nimble enough to pivot between 1) full distance learning, 2) a combination of distance and in-person learning or 3) full in-person learning at any moment. This approach is based on the community feedback received to date as well as our need to be as fluid as possible. The flexibility of this model demonstrates a commitment to student success, and allows schools to maintain a continuity of learning during a disruption. Our ultimate goal is to offer all our students a program that provides a personal connection while implementing an active high quality education for all our children – whether that be distance, in-person, or a combination thereof.
We are all facing extraordinary times – and on August 25th, we will start the new school year, like never before. As a community let’s take this opportunity to have confidence in one another as we think boldly and reimagine education during this historical time of uncertainty. I am thankful to be a part of this team and I sincerely appreciate our KSD staff, students, and parents for their on-going patience and feedback as we work through this global health pandemic that continues to present us with a shifting and unpredictable landscape.
Take good care!
Tuesday, July 21, 2020: School Board Meeting, 5 p.m.
- The meeting will be held virtually. All are welcome to attend. An email and text will be sent beforehand with the login instructions.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
- 8 a.m. KSD Summer Staff Office Hours,
- 4-5 p.m. Community Office Hours (English),
- 6 p.m. Community Office Hours (Spanish)
- Families will receive an email, sent through Aeries, with the Zoom webinar link and password.
Friday, July 24, 2020: Community Newsletter to be emailed and posted online