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11-25-2020 Community Update
Posted 11/27/20

Dear Miller Creek Community, 

 

We continue to monitor with escalating concern the increase of COVID-19 case rates locally, statewide, and nationally. In the state Blueprint report on Tuesday, Nov. 24th, many California counties have transitioned to the purple tier and are under tighter restrictions, including a limited stay at home order. While Marin County joins a small number of counties that remain in the red tier, it is anticipated to move to the most restrictive purple tier next week unless there is a significant change. (Please watch the Marin Public Health Video Update for Tuesday, November 24th).

 

Given the local surge in cases, the recent travel recommendation for a 14-day quarantine upon return to the county, and competing instructional demands within our schools, the District has made the proactive decision to return to remote learning for all students starting Monday, November 30th and to continue remotely through December. We will watch local health data and will communicate our plan for a return in January after the winter break by December 11th.

 

Throughout this pandemic, our entire school community has taken the necessary measures to provide the safest learning environment for our students and staff. Parents have taken daily temperatures, cautiously kept children at home when slightly symptomatic, and have kept social bubbles small. The District has developed a number of significant protocols and procedures to keep our schools safe. We have lowered class sizes, increased staffing, installed ionization devices and HEPA air purifiers in every classroom, implemented daily health screenings, hired dedicated health staff, and have provided onsite COVID testing for all staff. Our primary tool as a community has been our collective and consistent effort in wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and implementing hand hygiene practices. 

 

There have been a series of challenges as more classrooms have returned to in person instruction and positive cases surge in the region. There is an increased need for long and short term substitute teachers as staff is required to quarantine or cautiously stay home for a variety of reasons. Requests for independent study have increased for students who have symptoms and must remain out of school or whose families are abiding by the post-travel 14 day quarantine recommendation creating several complex instructional scenarios for teachers to prepare. We have experienced the need to close three cohorts due to positive COVID cases, which has impacted multiple classes and dozens of families. Our protocols for isolating positive cases were ultimately successful, with no evidence of transmission at school, but the current surge requires that we do more to protect the health and safety of our students and staff and deliver instruction using a single approach. 

 

We acknowledge the impact of this decision on all of our students but particularly those in the final waves who have yet to return to in person instruction. This news likely comes as a disappointment as they have watched siblings and friends return to school while they remained learning remotely. Students are likely eager to return to school and reunite with peers after having endured months of reduced social interaction and learning through a screen. 

 

We remain committed to returning to in person instruction and have demonstrated that we have the protocols in place to do so. We adopted a careful, measured, phasing in approach that allowed for improvements along the way. When the time is right, we will use those protocols and procedures to accelerate the return to in person instruction for all students. 

 

We know that our community understands what is at stake. This shift back to remote learning has our long term goal of having students and staff safely return to in person learning foremost in our thoughts, while we adjust to these shorter-term challenges. Our collective actions and sacrifices during the holiday and these next weeks will impact our ability to reopen our schools to in person learning which is an urgent priority. Please take every precaution while enjoying this time with your family. 

 

Stay well,

 

Becky Rosales | Superintendent

Kristy Treewater | Assistant Superintendent 

 


RESOURCES:

 

Community COVID Testing

  • Location: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection parking lot at 1100 Las Gallinas Avenue across the street from the Marin County Office of Education 

 

  • When: 

    • Monday, November 30, 2020  11:00 am - 5:00 pm 
    • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pre-registration and appointment is required at the following link: https://curative.com/sites/14575#9/38.0132/-122.5493


Links for tracking COVID-19 in Marin and the latest guidance from Marin County Public Health