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Thanksgiving Gratitude, Neil Cummins COVID Cases, COVID Travel Guidance, and Gender Spectrum Coffee Chats ...
Larkspur-Corte Madera School District
Dear LCMSD Community,
As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to take this opportunity to share my gratitude for you. You’ve supported our students through volunteering on campus, getting children to school on time and ready to learn, donating to SPARK (wow - 75% participation!), supporting PTA/O, and being actively involved throughout various committees. I am also extremely grateful for our LCMSD staff who deserve a standing ovation - over 200 days of in person pandemic school, National Award Winning Hall, state recognized elementary schools, and a team that is dedicated to be there for your children when they need them the most. It is the people that make LCMSD a truly special place to learn and grow and I feel so fortunate to be your superintendent, as well as an LCMSD parent! As we head into Thanksgiving Break, please see the important messages below.
Brett Geithman, Ed.D.
Neil Cummins COVID Cases
You will see on our school COVID dashboard that we’ve had 7 cases this week, 2 of which are suspected in-school transmissions. We understand the alarm these cases might cause. Please know we place the health and safety of students and staff as our top priority. LCMSD has followed all health and safety protocols, including indoor masking.
It is important for you to know the details of these cases. On the evening of November 18, 2021, Marin County Public Health stated that a positive case showing up on their end was not reported by our school. They were made aware of this positive case by a healthcare provider. We did not know this positive case existed. Upon calling the household, we learned that the student tested positive, did not inform the school, and then sent the student and their sibling to school for seven days. We immediately notified all potentially exposed students/families and this morning Gail Hurwitz (district nurse), Kyle Shaw (Neil Cummins Principal), and I tested roughly 50 students and staff. We have also distributed Binax Rapid Tests to select families as directed by MCPH. This situation has resulted in 2 school-based transmissions and multiple household-based transmissions, ultimately totaling 7 cases this week. In addition, we have 50+ families who now must follow modified quarantine protocols for Thanksgiving Break and alter their travel plans and gatherings with loved ones.
If we were notified by this family upon receipt of positive results, school based transmissions and subsequent household transmissions most likely would not have occurred. Additionally, all modified quarantine periods would have ended by Thanksgiving Break. The situation we are currently in could have been avoided. This illustrates the importance of everyone doing their part.
Positive students and household members must be reported to LCMSD immediately using email@example.com. I understand that there is pandemic fatigue, but we continue to live with these universal rules that when there is a COVID positive, they must quarantine. This situation we experienced at Neil Cummins posed great risk to a school of unvaccinated children, some of which have health compromised conditions, and the staff that cares for our students each and every day.
On a positive note, I want to extend great appreciation to the 99%+ families following COVID protocols and our staff for keeping LCMSD schools safe. While these restrictions cause inconvenience, they have allowed us to operate over 200 days of pandemic school and I thank you.
COVID Travel Guidance
In an effort to keep our schools safe, please follow these guidelines for travel on the Marin County Public Health website. Additionally, you can find simplified travel guidelines on the most recent LCMSD COVID Update.
Gender Spectrum Coffee Chats
LCMSD is committed to inclusionary practices across all schools. We have partnered with the Spahr Center for staff training and have scheduled these coffee chats for parents to engage in these important conversations with our expert partners. We hope to see you there!
Board of Trustees
Jill Sellers, President
Sarah Mueller, Vice President
Monica Cañas, Clerk