October 12, 2020

Dear Kentfield School Community,

In an effort to continue moving forward with offering our students in-person instruction, the KSD has identified November 2, 2020 as the date to transition to Hybrid Instruction. On September 16th, the District received confirmation from Marin County Public Health that the 30-point plan outlining safety requirements for Bacich and Kent to operate in-person instruction had been reached. The District has met the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and is working with staff to demonstrate how the conditions have been reached. Over these next few weeks we will continue to work collaboratively with our teachers and staff to fully prepare our campuses for a phased implementation of Hybrid Instruction.

Pilot Hybrid Instruction

The pilot Hybrid Instruction program operating right now at both sites will continue through the end of this week. Beginning Friday, administrators and teachers will engage in a debriefing discussion to make adjustments in order to offer the most optimal Hybrid Instructional program. We recognize there are many questions about the hybrid design, and we are committed to continue to evaluate its effectiveness as we pilot the approach and plan for full implementation. We have time between now and November 2nd to make design adjustments, but in the meantime please work with us to prepare for a transition to Hybrid Instruction.

Intent to Participate - Due October 21, 2020 by 5 p.m. (new extended date)

At this time, we ask parents/guardians to complete an intent to participate form, which is posted in ParentSquare. Parents/guardians will have the option to choose KSD’s Hybrid Instructional program or Distance Learning only program. Below are details about each approach that may help families determine which program is best for their child/ren. If you choose a Distance Learning only program, this will be a commitment for the remainder of the school year (June 2021), with the option to return to hybrid if space is available. Please submit your preference by Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 5pm. If we do not hear back from you we will count on your student/s participating in the Hybrid Program. Based on the data received we may need to adjust class assignments, but will do this with as minimal disruption as possible.

Marin Tier II Status: Allows In-Person Instruction in Schools

Although we continue to be faced with the challenges of COVID-19, Marin’s Tier II - Red status allows schools in our county to open for in-person instruction and we know that is what is best for our students. We have negotiated with our staff in good faith and have worked diligently to provide the safest environment for our school community. In order for us to take this next step we must work together. It is imperative that we continue to model wearing face coverings, practicing regular hand hygiene, maintaining physical distancing and avoiding congregating in large groups. Taking these necessary steps will support our District in providing in-person learning opportunities for our children!

Take Good Care,

Superintendent Signature



Raquel Rose
Superintendent
rrose@kentfieldschools.org

Hybrid Transition Timeline

October 12, 2020 Parent/Guardian SSSPP Webinar Orientations (5-6pm)
Bacich SSSPP and Kent SSSPP
A recording will be posted on the District’s website.
October 13, 2020 Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees
October 14, 2020 COVID-19 Testing at Kent Middle School
October 15, 2020
5-6:00 p.m.
KSD Community Conversation with Local Physicians
- A Perspective of In-Person Instruction in a COVID-19 Environment
Submit your questions in English or Spanish
October 16, 2020 Non-Student Day - Staff Work Day
Week of October 19, 2020 Expand Pilot Program
Tentative Site Tours (live or virtual) - Staff/Parents/Guardians
October 21, 2020 Intent to Participate Form DUE
KSD Hybrid or Distance Learning Only Form will be posted in ParentSquare
October 22, 2020
- On or before date
Announce KSD weekly Hybrid Schedule
Week of October 26, 2020
- On or before date
Announce Hybrid Cohort Assignments
Tentative Site Tours (live or virtual) - Staff/Parents/Guardians
November 2, 2020* Phase Hybrid Transition
Bacich Grades K-2: Cohort A on-site; Cohort B remote
Kent Grades 5-6: Cohort A on-site; Cohort B remote
November 9, 2020* Phase Hybrid Transition
Bacich Grades K-2: Cohort A remote; Cohort B on-site
Bacich Grades 3-4: Cohort A on-site; Cohort B remote
Kent Grades 5-6: Cohort A remote; Cohort B on-site
Kent Grades 7-8: Cohort A on-site; Cohort B remote
November 11, 2020 Veteran’s Day Holiday – No School
*Dates subject to adjustment.