October 19, 2020
Dear Kentfield School Community,
On Friday, October 16, the KTA negotiators, KSD Administrators and the Board’s labor representatives, Sarah Killingsworth and Quoc Tran, worked together to devise an agreeable action plan to support the Kentfield School District in moving forward to prepare our campuses for a return to in-person instruction for students and staff. We affirmed our joint commitment to maintaining strong relationships while working together in the best interest of our students, staff and community at large. As we continue to prepare for a transition to Hybrid Instruction we want to offer additional clarification about our instructional approach and planning for student placement.
The simultaneous approach to our instructional design allows us to maintain a continuity of learning by keeping students with their current teacher/s and only changing assignments if absolutely necessary. We recognize parents/guardians are choosing an approach based on what is best for their families, and our goal will be to ensure all students get a high quality and meaningful program no matter which approach they choose. As we plan forward we want to maximize student learning when on site, while also being sure our students who are learning remotely will receive a quality experience, which may look different than the current Distance Learning only program. Our instructional teams are using feedback from the recent pilots and their instructional expertise to formulate how this new design can work effectively for students and where we may need to adjust as we learn more. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed how we operate our schools, which directly affects the instructional program design. This is all new to us, and we are committed to doing the very best we can for our students – whether that is in a remote, hybrid, or in-person learning program.
Our site principals will be offering virtual principal chats to answer questions and offer more details about the Hybrid program and how our sites are being prepared to welcome students on to campus. Our teams are continuing to work through cohort design and classroom set-up, and we will continue site preparations in alignment with our School Site Specific Protection Plans (Bacich | Kent). This transition process is truly a community effort, and will take time – but we are moving forward with a common goal of doing what is best for students and staff.
I want to close, by extending my sincere appreciation to our students, staff, and parents/guardians who have been patient and flexible as we have navigated this very turbulent situation. This has been a trying time for all of us and although we may have differing opinions, we all have the same goal and focus – our KSD students. I was reminded of the quote “we are better together,” which I wholeheartedly believe is necessary in order for us to overcome the obstacles that may come our way and provide the very best we can for the Kentfield School District community.
Take Good Care,