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LCMSD Update 1/25.21: Stay at Home Order Lifted
Dear LCMSD Community,
Today Governor Newsom and the Marin County Department of Public Health announced that the Stay at Home Order has been lifted (see the press release here). On behalf of the District, we want to extend our great appreciation for your support in following the Stay at Home Order, especially the traveling and gathering component.
So what does this mean for LCMSD?
- The COVID Daily Screening will no longer contain the travel/gather question
- If your child is on live stream due to travel or gathering (no symptoms or possible exposure) they may return to school tomorrow
- CDPH recommends that persons avoid non-essential travel. If you travel out of the state, you should quarantine for 10 days (or test on/after day five to return after day seven with a negative test). If your family chooses to travel out of state, please notify the school office.
- Live stream will discontinue for those who choose to travel out of state and those who decide to keep their child home due to a gathering that does not meet the description below. Families who choose to travel out of the state/country may request independent study. Live stream will only be offered to students who are on Test or 10 due to symptoms or possible exposure. (Test or 10 Decision Tree will be updated later this week)
- You may gather outdoors only (MCPH description of what is permitted below)
- Small private gatherings
- Masks and physical distancing required
- No more than three separate households attend (including the host’s)
- Gatherings should be two hours or less
- Those with symptoms must not attend
- Those at high risk of severe illness strongly encouraged not to attend
- Singing, shouting, chanting, cheering, or exercising strongly discouraged
- At this time, private learning pods may resume if they follow the gathering criteria listed above. More specific guidance might be coming.
Overall, we are ahead of schedule with approximately 25% of our teachers/staff/ancillary personnel having received the first dose of the vaccine. Our hope is to see that number dramatically increase over the next couple of weeks. I serve on the Marin County Vaccine Task Force that specifically focuses on the distribution of the vaccine to educators. We have created four Priority Levels in how the vaccine will be rolled out for all Marin schools (public, private, parochial, and independent). I am pleased to announce that all Priority 1 staff have been afforded the opportunity to be vaccinated. The next step is to further our scheduling of Priority 2 staff.
Below is the prioritization for education-based employees, there are 4 levels.
- Priority I: All food service workers; employees providing in-person special education instruction and services in the Special Day Class, (including special education teachers and paraprofessionals/1:1 aides); bus drivers; custodial staff working in person; any staff 65+
- Priority II: All other employees working in-person
- Priority III: All other employees working remotely/distance learning
- Priority IV: Trustees and all other ancillary personnel
For more information about vaccine distribution, safety and facts, please visit the sites linked below.
- Marin County Vaccine Distribution
- Marin County Public Health: Vaccine Truths
- CDC Facts About the Vaccines
- UC Davis Myths and Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine
Brett Geithman, Ed.D.