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LCMSD Parent COVID Update - 9.14.20

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Dear LCMSD Parents,

I hope this email finds you well. Below are some important updates as we continue planning for this fall.

In-Person Learning

Marin County remains on the purple tier according to the state’s new monitoring system, which states, “schools in counties that fall within the “purple” Tier 1 are not permitted to reopen for in-person instruction unless they receive a waiver from their local health department for transitional kindergarten through sixth grade. However, schools can reopen for in-person instruction once a county has achieved “red” Tier 2 status for at least two weeks. As long as we remain in Tier 1, we are not able to transition to in-person instruction, except for targeted instruction identified in the August 25, 2020 California Department of Public Health Guidance. For specific Marin County COVID-19 data, please see the website linked here. The monitoring system is updated every Tuesday and if we move to Tier 2 status tomorrow, I will share our timeline for phasing into in-person instruction. 

Waiver Update/Survey

Thank you for meeting with us last week to discuss the waiver process in one or more of the following stakeholder groups: parents of students with disabilities, parents of English learners, PTA/O and SPARK leadership, and/or two general parent meetings. This week I will be meeting with elementary and middle school staff to further discuss the waiver. In the meantime, we have created this waiver section on the webpage that contains the meeting schedule, the slide deck shared, recordings of parent meetings, and common themes heard in the breakout groups. We encourage parents to fill out this very brief survey as we evaluate whether or not to apply for a waiver. The survey will be open until 5:00 on Thursday, September 17th. Please know that we understand that circumstances change for families; therefore, if a family requests their child move to distance learning only (if they’ve previously selected in-person) the principal will work with them on a case-by-case basis. However, if a student needs to move from in-person to distance learning this might result in a class change as class placement was a very complex task this summer with many variables we had to consider such as: special education services, English learner services, intervention, childcare, friendships, distance learning only, among other considerations. Additionally, please know we will send out a survey at the end of November/beginning of December for parents to select in-person or distance learning from January to June. 

November 20, 2020 Early Release

On November 20, 2020 LCMSD will have a district-wide distance learning day with an early release. Typically we schedule an early release after Back to School Night, but this year we decided to move this date to the Friday before Thanksgiving Break. We anticipate being in Green Status/5 Days per Week In-Person AM/PM in November; however, to ensure continuity of learning (regardless of AM/PM cohort), November 20th will be a distance learning only day for all students. Elementary classrooms will conduct their reading, writing, and math classroom Zoom sessions with their full class by 12:15 and Hall Middle will have a condensed distance learning schedule that will conclude by 12:15. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we plan for the upcoming months.

Take care,

Brett Geithman, Ed.D.

Superintendent