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LCMSD Resumes Five Days of Classroom-Based Instruction this August
Dear LCMSD Community,
I hope this reaches you safe, well, and with some resemblance of summer!
Thank you for all of our flexibility and adaptability during these unprecedented times. As a district we place the safety of our students and staff as our highest priority. That is why we relied on the expertise of the Marin County Health Department to guide our decision to move to distance learning this spring, and continue to follow their lead when it comes to the structure of school in the fall.
Based on their current guidelines, it is exciting to announce that all LCMSD schools and other Marin County public schools will reopen in August with five days per week of classroom-based instruction for all students.
Over the summer we will continue to develop and share more specific details regarding the practices and procedures that will be in place for the start of school. We follow Marin County Health Department guidelines to ensure student and staff safety on campus throughout the day. Some of the key components of the guidelines include:
- Where practicable, physical distancing of six feet is maintained between adults and students; four to six feet distance is permissible between students within a classroom or instructional area where requirements herein are in practice
- For elementary and middle schools, stable classroom cohorts (up to standard class size at each respective grade level) are maintained throughout each school day, and through each quarter or semester, with an assigned primary cohort teacher, and systems are in place to prevent the mixing of classroom cohorts
- School staff are permitted to visit and instruct more than one classroom cohort, strictly following physical distancing and face-covering protocols, and must document/record visits to classrooms that are not identified as their primary classroom cohort
- All staff, as well as all students grades 3-12, are required to wear face coverings while in the classroom and on campus unless there is a medical or behavioral contraindication. Face coverings are encouraged for students in grades TK-2 as much as practicable
- The service delivery model for student supports (Special Education, EL, Reading Intervention) will be developed this summer in conjunction with further guidelines from the health department.
Attached are the guidelines and press release that may generate questions, many of which we might not have the answers to today; however, please know we will work collaboratively with Marin County Department of Public Health, Marin County Office of Education, LCMEA, CSEA, and our district-wide stakeholders in building our comprehensive plans for reopening.
Thank you in advance for your flexibility and patience as we plan for the upcoming school year.
Brett Geithman, Ed.D. & the LCMSD Leadership Team