November 16, 2020

Dear Kentfield School Community,

On Thursday, November 12, KSD launched Hybrid Instruction and had the opportunity to implement many new protocols and procedures (Bacich and Kent) to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. This week we will continue to welcome students to campus and monitor the implementation of our daily safety and instructional procedures as they become more routine for our school community.

Planning for the Holidays: Celebrate Safely

During last week’s November 10th KSD Board Meeting the Board determined the weeks of Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2020 and Jan. 4 - 8, 2021 would each be Distance Learning only weeks. This decision was based on Public Healthguidance related to holiday travel and the recognition that families may choose to gather and travel outside of the Bay Area during the holiday season. KSD made this proactive decision in an effort to help families and staff plan and also to ensure a safer return to Hybrid instruction following holidays/breaks.

Below are key dates for the coming weeks:

Nov. 18: District Wide Distance Learning Only & COVID-19 Testing at Bacich School
Nov. 19-20; 23-24: Hybrid Instruction Districtwide
Nov. 25-27:* Thanksgiving Break - Please follow the Public Health Guidance guidance for staying safe from COVID-19 during the holidays.
Nov. 30: Students/parents may be asked to pick up Distance Learning Materials from school sites
Dec. 3: Districtwide COVID-19 Testing for all staff at both sites. Per Public Health families are encouraged to have their child(ren) tested on this day or prior to returning for school based learning. The sign up for testing at district sites will be forthcoming
Dec. 7: Resume Hybrid Instruction

KSD & KTA MOU Update

The KSD and KTA will be coming together on Thursday, Nov. 19th to address components of the current MOU which inform educational programming for our school community. An update on the negotiation session will be provided as soon as possible.

Marin County - Containing the Spread

On Friday, Nov. 13 Marin County Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis, announced a plan to issue an order to tighten restrictions in our county to limit further spread of COVID-19. Effective Nov. 17th we will see various business sectors in our community following Tier II-Red guidelines of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. As this situation continues to unfold, KSD administration is monitoring updates from our local and state public health in order to determine any implications for the Kentfield School District.

The last number of weeks have been challenging and rewarding as we have welcomed our staff and students back to our school sites. In a season that highlights thanks and gratitude I continue to be appreciative of the dedication of the KSD staff and school community. We all have a common goal of educating our children. By working through differences and staying focused on our collective work I am confident we will emerge from this historical time stronger and more resilient.

Stay Well,

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose