November 30, 2020
Dear Kentfield School District Community,
As we close out a month of giving thanks and appreciation, we enter a time filled with magic, wonder, and joyful traditions. Although, these traditions may look very different this year, as a school community let’s all stay focused on the steps we need to take to provide our students with a positive and impactful educational experience.
COVID-19 in Marin
Prior to the Thanksgiving break our local public health offered clear guidance to safely celebrate during a pandemic. Many engaged in local celebrations with their immediate families, while others may have traveled or gathered with loved ones from afar. However folks celebrated, we must continue to do our part in minimizing the spread of the virus through following the public health risk reduction order. On November 16th the Blueprint for a Safer Economy“emergency brake” was pulled which moved counties across the state from the orange tier to more restrictive tiers of red or purple. As of November 28th, Marin continues to stay in the red tier, while our local data demonstrates an orange tier threshold. As we look more closely at the Kentfield case characteristic data, provided by Marin County Health and Human Services, we see substantially low rates of COVID-19 in our community overtime. All of this information clearly demonstrates that following Public Health guidance individually and collectively truly mitigates the spread and increases offerings for our community, which includes school-based instruction for our students.
The common message KSD and KTA provided on November 20th, offered new tentative agreements in supporting in-person learning for our students. At our next negotiations session on December 1st, we will address the timeline transition between Phase 4 to Phase 5, adjustments to our current Hybrid Instruction model, and plans for full in-person instruction. A common message about our December 1st, negotiations session will be shared by the end of the week.
Entering the final month of 2020, we must recognize the challenges and opportunities facing our community. As our governor outlined today, December will be a month when we must dig deep and do our best for our community. The month also presents us the opportunity to celebrate in new, creative ways. It was heartening to hear stories of Kentfield families starting new Thanksgiving traditions of outdoor adventures or learning to cook a turkey for the first time. With positive news on the horizon, we have much to look forward to in 2021–a new and rejuvenating year that I hope will be filled with health, happiness, and renewal!