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Dear LCMSD Families,

As we approach the holiday season, we understand that families might choose to gather or travel. Our goal has, and will continue to be, providing in-person instruction that is safe for students and staff. The plan we describe below has the long game in mind. While it might cause short-term inconveniences, we feel it is the safest option in returning from the Thanksgiving Break and will ultimately create a more predictable schedule for families. If we were to simply reopen on November 30th, there are real health concerns and also the unpredictable toggling between in-person and distance learning if there are positive cases. Our goal is to keep our schools open for in-person instruction. We believe this proactive approach will ultimately provide for safer and more in-person instruction for students and staff.

LCMSD continues to closely partner with the Marin County Department of Public Health and follow the guidelines of the California Department of Public Health and CDC to ensure that we are able to provide safe, in-person instruction for our students. In advance of the holidays we are sharing information on our re-entry plans, as well as guidelines for travel and gatherings. Here is the latest press release from Marin County Department of Public Health regarding the holidays. 

Re-Entry Plans for All LCMSD Schools

  • November 20: Previously planned district-wide distance learning only day with early release at 12:15
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break
  • November 27: Please do not introduce any new members into your social bubble after this date and avoid travel when possible
  • November 29: Please return to Marin and quarantine or limit social contact for the week
  • November 30: Students/parents might be asked to report to campus to pick up distance learning supplemental materials
  • November 30-December 4: District-wide distance learning week
    • Elementary schools will return to our red status distance learning model
    •  A shift to the red status distance learning for Hall would require some student cohort changes and some teacher changes; therefore, Hall will have a modified schedule where all students will be on an AM schedule for periods 1-5 (which will end slightly before noon) and a PM schedule consisting of physical education, the second elective, and most specialized services (EL, special education, intervention).
  • December 4: District-wide COVID-19 testing for all staff, and strongly recommended for all students. The district will have the capability to provide testing for all staff and all students on December 4. Results will be sent to families/staff on December 5. Locations will be in parking lots near Cove and Neil Cummins - sign up information will follow shortly. 
  • December 7-18: Resume in-person instruction
  • Note: this is for Thanksgiving Break only. LCMSD will make a decision about Winter Break Re-Entry Plans by December 11, 2020

Gatherings, some types of travel, and/or other activities can put your family at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. Please consider the following factors as you plan for any upcoming holiday gatherings and/or travel. 

High-Risk Activities 

Social gatherings where one or more of the following high risk factors are present: 

  • Hosting or attending a social gathering of more than three households, such as a holiday celebration, is prohibited by the California Department of Public Health.
  • People have traveled from distant communities or the group is made up of people from different geographic locations.
  • Spread of COVID-19 is high in the community.
  • You meet in a confined, poorly ventilated indoor space.
  • Not everyone wears a mask.
  • Physical distancing of 6ft between non-household members is not observed. 
  • People freely share food and personal items with others.

Travel that includes one or more of the following high risk scenarios:

  • Being in an area that is experiencing a surge or high levels of COVID-19, including destinations where the positivity rate is above 5%. You can check states, counties, and cities to determine if these areas are experiencing high levels of COVID-19. You can also check the Travel Health Notices for recommendations for foreign countries and U.S. territories. 
  • Traveling on flights with layovers or on river/cruise boats.
  • Lodging which includes sharing spaces with many people and shared bathroom facilities. 
  • Being in crowds — for example malls and movie theaters.
  • Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.

Please review the CDC’s guidance on assessing your family’s risk in various activities and factors to consider for holiday celebrations

If your family participates in one or more of the high risk activities listed above or you think that your family may have been exposed to COVID-19 before, during, or after the holidays, we strongly encourage taking these next steps:

  • Participate in the district-wide COVID-19 testing on December 4th 
  • Consult with your physician about getting your family tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus. COVID-19 symptoms generally appear within 2 – 14 days of exposure. Your physician will discuss the correct timing of testing based on your potential exposure. Typically the first of the COVID-19 tests should be taken 5 days into the quarantine period after your return home and the second should be taken no more than 72 hours later. 

We are excited by the news that the California Department of Public Health has moved Marin County from Tier 2 or “substantial risk” status to the less restrictive Tier 3 or “moderate risk” level. While we have made great progress as a community, we must continue to be vigilant in order to continue to offer a safe and healthy on campus learning program. We understand pandemic fatigue and know this is hard but feel that kids in school should be a top community priority. We thank you in advance for your continued partnership.

We have scheduled a Parent Meeting on Monday, November 9th from 4:30-5:30 to discuss three COVID updates: Thanksgiving Re-Entry Plans, Tier III Absence/Illness Decision Tree, and the upcoming survey to select distance learning for January – June. This meeting will also be recorded and posted here by November 11th 

Whatever your plans are for the holidays, we hope that you will find safe ways to connect with loved ones. Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday season.

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Take care,

 

Brett Geithman, Ed.D.

Superintendent