November 19, 2020
Dear Kentfield School Community,
As we all witness the increase of COVID-19 case rates locally, statewide and nationally, I thought it important to encourage our community to rise above the pandemic fatigue and maintain a strong dedication to public health guidance, especially as we all prepare to celebrate a holiday where we give thanks.
Marin County continues to hold to Tier II- Red per the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, as our neighboring counties move into Tier I - Purple, a more restrictive status. This transition between tiers demonstrates the serious concern with the spread of COVID-19 in the Bay Area. Our primary tool to stop the spread is through a collective effort in wearing masks, maintaining social distance, hygiene, and finding alternatives to gathering indoors.
Throughout this pandemic, our entire school community has taken the necessary measures to provide the safest learning environment for our students and staff. We have used the 30-point guide designed by Marin County Public Health to adopt our School Site Specific Safety Plans (Bacich - Kent) which offer protocols and procedures to decrease the possibility of virus transmission in a school setting.
The District has made the proactive decision to provide Distance Learning only for the weeks of November 30 - December 4, 2020 and January 4 - 8, 2021 based on patterns of increased travel in our community. By the end of this week we anticipate receiving an additional advisory from Public Health which will address how to continue to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in our school settings.
Below are some important resources for tracking COVID-19 in Marin and the latest guidance from Marin County Public Health.
- Marin Public Health Coronavirus Information
- Worsening statistics prompt regression from orange Tier 3 to red Tier 2
- Marin County COVID-19 Trends and Tracking Dashboard
In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, please reference Celebrate Safely by Marin Public Health to inform plans for travel, gathering guidance and ways to connect safely with your loved ones.
In closing we ask our entire school community to please review and commit to our KSD Community Safety Pledge. As we continue to offer school based instruction we know we can control what is happening on our school sites, although outside of school, in the community we must stay true to the strategies that have allowed us to decrease local spread and keep our County moving in the right direction.
Please know your ongoing support and effort to maintain our common goal of safety and well-being is what will ultimately keep us moving forward in educating our children and keeping our community safe.
Raquel Rose, Superintendent