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COVID Vaccinations, Proof of Vaccinations, Special Board Meeting, Marin Crisis, Traveling for the Holidays, Halloween, etc.
Larkspur-Corte Madera School District
Dear LCMSD Community,
Power outages, fallen trees, roads turned to rivers - what a week we had! It was great to see the sun come out Monday morning and students soaking it up during recess and lunch. Today we have some important updates about the vaccine, Halloween, a special Board Meeting, holiday travel guidance, and mental health support.
Brett Geithman, Ed.D.
COVID-19 Vaccine for 5-11
Yesterday an independent advisory panel to the FDA recommended the approval for the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. An FDA decision is anticipated within the next few days, which would then go to the US Centers for Disease Control for additional review and recommendation. This means that authorization for use could be given by the end of next week. Marin County Public Health, in cooperation with Marin County Office of Education, has tentatively scheduled the first “super pod” event for November 6 and 7. Once sign-ups are live, we will share that information with you.
COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination
The most recent iPhone update includes a vaccination card for your Apple wallet. Android users also have a similar option. This will become more and more a part of our daily life. Only fully vaccinated parents/guardians are permitted to volunteer on campus and have been showing proof of vaccination to our office staff. In the future, there will be some LCMSD meetings where parents/guardians might be asked to show proof of vaccination for entry (if students are present) or show proof to participate in an adult only meeting without a mask. We suggest storing your card digitally (as linked above) or keeping a photo of it on your device.
Special Board Meeting
The LCMSD Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for this evening. At 5:00 they will hold closed session and open session will begin at 6:00. Trustees will be provided with an overview of the parcel tax process and current status. The Board Meeting will be held in person at 6:00 pm in the Hall Library; no RSVP required. The meeting will also be live streamed via Zoom (link; passcode - lcmsd). Please know, public comments will only be taken by in person attendees; public comments via Zoom will not be available.
Marin County is offering our youth another means of mental health support through a co-branded crisis text line - Text MARIN to 741741. If students are ever in need of support, Crisis Text Line is always available to offer help. Students can connect with a trained Crisis Counselor and share their feelings in a safe space. Text MARIN to 741741 for free, 24/7, confidential support that cares. Available in Spanish 2022.
Traveling for the holidays?
Here is the current travel guidance:
The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is offering parents and kids safe and responsible options to celebrate Halloween (October 31) and Dia de los Muertos (November 1 and 2) while taking precautions to prevent the disease’s spread.
Health officials note that last year’s holiday season, starting with Halloween, fueled the largest of Marin’s four major surges of COVID-19 infections. This year, although the highly contagious delta variant is dominant in Marin, high vaccination rates are a cause for optimism.
“Last year we weren’t in a place to really celebrate together—that’s changed, thanks to the vaccine and the work of everyone in our community to control the virus.” said Dr Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “We need to stay mindful of our shared risks, but if we follow common sense precautions we can celebrate together.”
For those eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine, completing a vaccination series remains the best protection against the virus. The best starting point is Marin HHS’ vaccine finder webpage. Most children who are giddy about the eerie holidays coming up are still not eligible to be vaccinated, so it’s even more important for teens and adults around them to be fully vaccinated.
“Looking ahead, with our 5 to 11-year-olds nearly eligible to be vaccinated, it’s good news that we could feel even more secure about the remaining holidays,” said Dr Lisa Santora, Deputy Public Health Officer for Marin County. “Make vaccination part of your holiday planning: when everyone at home is vaccinated, we’ll all be better protected.”
Other recommendations include gathering outdoors instead of indoors whenever possible, wearing a face covering when close to others, skipping the festivities if not feeling well, and respecting one another’s personal space by avoiding crowding.
Over the counter rapid COVID-19 tests are also recommended for those who want an added measure of security, to help ensure those who are gathered together are not infectious. Tests can be performed at home before joining a gathering or offered at the door. Test results can be reported to Marin Public Health through the online self-test reporting form.
Here are guidelines for safety precautions when trick-or-treating with the youngsters.
Board of Trustees
Jill Sellers, President
Sarah Mueller, Vice President
Monica Cañas, Clerk