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LCMSD Updates

 Dear LCMSD Community,

I hope this reaches you well and safe. We have several reminders and updates for you regarding our response to COVID-19. Our hope is that you will participate in these important learning and feedback opportunities.

Board Meeting 2/10/21 at 6:00 pm

Three important topics will be discussed. 

  1. COVID-19 Update - Current data will be presented, as well as the timeline for our (tentative) April 12th return to full classes and a longer school day.
  2. 2021-22 Budget Scenarios - Following the Board Budget Study Session held on 2/3/21, the Board will be presented with several scenarios with specific reductions to consider.
  3. Refinancing School Bonds - If approved, this will save Larkspur and Corte Madera taxpayers approximately $7.1 million. 

The meeting will be conducted in person (RSVP mokeeffe@lcmschools.org – space is limited) and via Zoom  (Zoom link).

Mid-Winter Break Re-Entry Plan

LCMSD will resume school in-person on February 22nd. We operate 108 cohorts daily and have closed five since October 5th due to a positive COVID case. There have been zero classroom-based transmissions in LCMSD. Due to these data and guidance from Marin County Public Health, we are confident in our return to in-person instruction following the mid-winter break. During the break, please follow current travel and gathering guidelines. 

    • CDPH recommends that persons do not engage in 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 as your child must live stream for the quarantine/test period. 
      • Tahoe clarification: If you own/lease a home in Nevada or happen to ski over to the Nevada side of Heavenly, you do not need to quarantine unless you engage in commercial activities (eating at a restaurant, shopping, going to a casino, etc). Note, this exception applies only for Lake Tahoe. 
    • 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
      • If your family chooses to gather indoors, please notify the school office as your child must live stream for the quarantine/test period. 

Live stream will continue being offered to students who are on Test or 10 due to symptoms or possible exposure. (Test or 10 Decision Tree)

 Parent Meetings - New Time Added

  • We have (tentatively) scheduled a return to full classes on April 12 with approximately 5+ hours of instructional time daily. Distance learning will remain an option for families through the 2020-21 school year. We have scheduled parent meetings on February 11th to present data and plans, as well as gather feedback. The meeting recordings and the slide deck will be available here by 5:00 pm on February 12th.
    • Elementary Parent Meeting: 2/11/21 at 8:30 am (Zoom Link)
    • Hall Parent Meeting: 2/11/21 at 9:30 am (Zoom link)
    • NEW - K-8 Parent Meeting: 2/11/21 at 4:30 pm (Zoom link)
    • Note: one goal for meeting this timeline is parent volunteers - please attend these meetings to learn more about the vital role parents will play in extending our school day.
    • Questions? Please use this form to submit your questions in advance of the parent meeting. The form will be available until 1:00 pm on 2/10/21 to submit questions. 
  • To follow up on the Board’s Budget Study Session, we will provide the Board with budget scenarios to discuss on February 10th at 6:00 pm and have scheduled a parent meeting to gather feedback on February 23rd at 8:30 am (Zoom link). The meeting recording and the slide deck will be available here by 5:00 pm on February 25th.

Resources from Marin County Public Health and Local Pediatricians and Psychiatrists

  • Yesterday, Marin County Public Health issued a press release titled, Marin has Minimized Virus’ Spread in Schools. Additionally, here is a video from Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. 
  • Marin pediatricians, nurse practitioners, child psychiatrists issued this letter to local officials regarding the opening of schools.
  • These are several, of many, important resources we are using to guide our return to full classrooms and a longer school day. LCMSD has been there for students since day one and we continue our relentless efforts to provide in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible. 

 Take care,

 

Brett Geithman, Ed.D.

Superintendent