March 9, 2020 Coronavirus Update

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Dear LCMSD Parents/Guardians,

Today, the County provided two COVID-19 updates: Marin confirms first in County COVID-19 case and New recommendations for indoor events in Marin. Schools will be adjusting their plans for events, assemblies, and/or other indoor activities to reflect these recommendations. 

As with all matters concerning public health and wellbeing, LCMSD has been working closely with the Marin County Department of Public Health and the Marin County Office of Education. It goes without saying that we hope that we never have to initiate school closures due to communicable illness, but we wanted to share our planning with you in advance of any need to take action in the event that our community experiences an outbreak of a contagious illness, such as coronavirus (COVID-19). The protocols below for school closure will only be implemented if we, at any time, are told by County Health that we have to close. If that occurs, we will continue to communicate regarding duration but if we have to close any or all schools, you should assume the closure will last 14 days. 

Prevention

  • Annually, LCMSD custodial and maintenance staff receive an 8-hour in-service training on deep-cleaning and surface disinfection. 
  • The frequency of desk and doorknob cleaning has been increased to daily.
  • Communications have been sent to all parents and staff actively encouraging them to take everyday preventive actions, such as those listed below:
    • Stay home when sick and remain at home until fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. 
    • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water and/or hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Use “respiratory etiquette,” such as: cover cough with a tissue or sleeve; wash hands frequently; routinely clean frequently-touched surfaces.
  • School Sites will:
    • Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home. Those students will be given masks to wear until they are picked up. 
    • Notify the public health department of any illness that resembles COVID-19
    • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces
    • Require all custodial staff to attend training, provided by the District, on proper decontamination protocols
    • Communicate to staff, parents/guardians of any known cases of the illness

School Closure

The determination to close a school or schools is a decision made by Marin County Department of Public Health. Our understanding, at this time, is that a school closure could last up to 14 days or longer, depending on the timing of the closure and guidance from the Department of Public Health.

Students and families will be notified of a school closure via email/phone/text. School closure information will also be posted on our school websites. 

Academics

In the event of school closure due to outbreak of a contagious illness, the following steps will be taken:

  • If possible, students will be asked to take home all instructional materials, such as textbooks, notebooks, and supplemental materials
  • Teachers might have students watch videos on YouTube, participate in a Google Hangout, use online curriculum, and/or complete assignments digitally. Students who need Chromebooks/internet have been provided with a hotspot and device. If there is a child who does not have a device at home and/or a hotspot, please let Daniel Norbutas (dnorbutas@lcmschools.org) know. 
  • Teachers and Counselors will respond to student and parent emails sent during regular school hours.
  • Students are expected to complete all assignments provided by teachers during the closure. 
  • Assignments will be sent home via Google Classroom or Alma (email). In grades TK-2, your teacher will notify you if there are packets for your child to complete. These packets will be available outside the main office in boxes labeled by class. 
  • Assignments are meant to maintain continuity of learning, but will not be able to fully replicate in-class experiences such as science labs, group discussions, etc.

Sports/Extracurriculars

  • In the event of a school closure due to an infectious disease outbreak, all extracurricular activities and sporting events, including rehearsals and practices, will be immediately postponed until school is reopened. 
  • Away games will be canceled, even if the other venue is not subject to school closure. 
  • No students or non-essential staff will be allowed on campus until school is reopened.
  • Re-scheduling of such events will be determined on a case by case basis.

Community Use of School Facilities:

  • All school facilities, including sports fields, will remain closed to the public during a school closure of this nature. Community access to facilities will resume when schools reopen.
  • All facility rentals will be canceled or postponed until schools are safe to reopen.

During a closure, the District will send updates at the end of each day to provide ongoing information to our families and staff. Those updates will go out by 6 pm each day.

Thank you,

 

Brett Geithman, Ed.D.

Larkspur-Corte Madera School District