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Larkspur-Corte Madera School District
Dear LCMSD Community,
The safety and health of our students and staff is our top priority. One of the key tools in mitigating the pandemic is the COVID-19 vaccine. I am excited to announce that Marin County is preparing for the next phase in vaccinations, our 5-11 population. In anticipation of FDA approval, Marin County Public Health, in coordination with Marin County Office of Education, has identified October 30 and 31, as well as November 6, 7, 13, and 14 as tentative dates for large scale vaccination events for this group of students. You can read more about it here.
Below are local vaccination data:
Additionally, below is information that you might find helpful when considering/planning for your child’s vaccine. Note, some of the information in the links below refer to 12+ and we are anticipating an update once the 5-11 vaccine is authorized.
Where can I obtain a vaccination: Marin County Public Health has created this helpful page to assist in finding a vaccination site near you. The vaccines are free and offered at many locations including Safeway, CVS, Kaiser, and pop-up events.
Are the vaccines safe for children? What if my child already had COVID? And other frequently asked questions can be found here.
Exposures: When there is an exposure, unvaccinated students (who are close contacts) have to engage in a modified quarantine when masked and a full quarantine when unmasked (see decision tree for details). Having your child vaccinated equates to more time in school and participation in extracurricular activities.
How much time is spent in response to an exposure? Every time there is a COVID exposure a minimum of 8 hours of staff time (principal, nurse, superintendent, teacher, office staff) is spent at the elementary level and a minimum of 12 hours at the middle school level to communicate to all stakeholders involved, contact trace, set up live stream, and interface with public health data systems and personnel. While we understand this is a part of offering in person school, having eligible children vaccinated reduces the risk of contracting and bringing COVID-19 on our campuses. Please know that while live streaming is an option for quarantined students, it is a diminished experience for both audiences (hybrid is not optimal for Zoomers or those who are in person). The more who are vaccinated equates to less cases, less risk, and more staff/student time on teaching and learning.
COVID Protocols: All Marin schools are required to post vaccination rates amongst students and staff by October 1st; LCMSD posted our rates in early August. Our understanding is that our vaccination rates might serve as thresholds for certain COVID protocols to be in place, or not. Basically, the higher the vaccination rate, the earlier we might see school-wide restrictions eased.
Our goal is to keep our students and staff safe. The vaccine is a very important tool to assist our entire learning community. We will keep you informed of further developments on the 5-11 year old FDA approval of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Brett Geithman, Ed.D.
Board of Trustees
Jill Sellers, President
Sarah Mueller, Vice President
Monica Cañas, Clerk