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Frequently Asked Questions

During this unprecedented time in our country's history, we know our community has many questions. We will try and answer your questions as they arise. Please know we might not have all the answers as many decisions are being made in collaboration with other districts and at the county, state, and federal levels. We will do all we can to be responsive and in a timely fashion. What follows are a list of common questions and current responses.

Marin Health & Human Services offers an extensive list of valuable information as it relates to COVID-19. Please visit their website for Frequently Asked Questions: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/faqs?combine=&field_categories_target_id=All

  • We recognize the importance of celebrating our Senior Class of 2020 and recognizing the promotion of our 5th and 8th graders. At this time, we've convened a Graduation Task Force to make a recommendation for the High School Principals to consider. Ultimately, we'll be taking direction from the Department of Health and Human Services to make a decision that is safe for our community and honors our graduates and all the hard work they've put in to get to this point.  

    Our Davidson 8th graders will be participating in a virtual promotion ceremony, for more information please reach out to the administrative team at Davidson.  Elementary schools will be making site-specific decisions on how to celebrate their 5th graders as they move up to Middle School so please reach out to your Principal for more specifics.  

Updated 05/01/20

Teachers are continuing instruction from where we left off on March 13th. Many teachers are using online assessment tools (Google Forms, etc) in addition to student work to assess learning and provide feedback to students. Contact your teacher(s) for information on your individual student.

Updated 04/28/20

Yes. Here is the link to see our Town Halls: https://www.facebook.com/SanRafaelCitySchools/live

Updated 04/28/20

To support parents and students who may have questions or require support on any of the above, please contact: 

Updated 04/28/20

Please see our Mental Health & Wellness websitehttps://bit.ly/SRCSWellness for contact information of our mental health and wellness professionals along with urgent and non-urgent mental health supports and other mental health and wellness resources. You can also email: wellness@srcs.org if you have questions, concerns, and/or comments. We check this email multiple times a day and will be back in touch within 1 business day. Please note: this is NOT a place to refer a student in crisis. If a student is in crisis please use the urgent mental health supports on the website or call 911. 

Updated 04/28/20

Yes, absolutely our students are expected to participate. Some of our students will have non-working parents, some students will have parents working at home, some students will have no parents at home, and some students will be responsible for their younger siblings. And some of our students are having to take on jobs themselves to support their families.

When assignments are given, our expectation is that students are putting forth their best effort, and teachers can hold students accountable for their work. We understand some families may have situations that make participation difficult or impossible and we are happy to discuss those situations on a case-by-case basis. If you need assistance accessing or planning for distance learning at home please reach out to your student’s teachers, counselor, or principal. We encourage all students to turn in their assignments as soon as they complete them. According to the CDE, attendance remains mandatory. During distance learning, attendance means participation in class activities. 

Each school has developed plans for recording student participation and attendance, under the direction of the administration. The timing of participation and work completion should be flexible to accommodate the varying circumstances of families. Students who do not participate will be contacted by either the teacher, counselor, principal, or office staff- depending on the plans at each site for handling attendance.

Updated 4/28/20
 

We understand the challenges of working remotely and becoming a teacher all in a short time. Remote learning provides an additional challenge to learning right now for all students, but is an opportunity for students to work on self-regulation and self-monitoring. Our recommendations would be to:

  • Have predictable daily school times and schedules;
  • Prepare students for learning as they would during a traditional school schedule - have breakfast, brush their teeth, get dressed, etc.;
  • Students should be prepared for learning with their supplies (books, pencils, computers, etc.);
  • Have a consistent work space for students;
  • Schedule movement breaks;
  • Work with your student to set expectations for each day - assignments they will complete and by when;
  • Provide positive reinforcement for students recognizing the change in learning environment and their hard work;
  • Continue to be active in their school life by asking about what they are learning, their assignments, and more;
  • Communicate with the teacher(s);
  • Attend to their social-emotional needs by checking in with them and responding to their needs with patience and understanding. Please visit our Mental Health & Wellness website
  • Please also visit our Remote Learning Website for additional resources and of course, follow up with your teachers and principal on how they are supporting this.

Updated 4/28/20

We’re working with teachers and administrators to determine what Family Life lessons are appropriate for Remote Learning. Some elements of the lessons may not be suitable for online learning and may be shifted to next year’s teachers.

We are in process on confirming plans for summer school. We will keep you informed as we receive more guidance from Health and Human Services about the Shelter-In-Place, social distancing and more.

Updated 04/28/20

While there are differences in teaching style, as there are in all traditional school settings, our teachers are doing a wonderful job collaborating with one another and sharing best teaching practices. We are also offering professional development as it relates to technology and delivery of content. Teachers have access to an Instructional Coach for support as well. As a District we’re trying to both give the space for teachers to teach in an autonomous learning environment and to find opportunities to respond to teacher needs in a more formally structured way. We’re constantly in contact with principals, teachers, and bargaining units to provide support where needed. 

Updated 04/28/20

We understand your concerns. Yes, any accommodations or supports outlined in the IEP or 504 plan should be made available to your student, as appropriate, during the remote learning process. Please contact your student's special education case manager and school site principal for additional support and information specific to your concerns. Your student’s education case manager should have made contact with you already regarding information and strategies to support your student's learning needs while at home.

Updated 04/28/20

Please contact your student's special education case manager and school site principal for specific information on how your student's IEP services and accommodations will be implemented during the remote learning process. Students with IEPs will have access to their special education and related services through the remote learning process, and will be coordinated with you by the respective service providers. Under guidance from the California Department of Education (CDE), all special education assessments will be suspended/postponed until schools resume for in-person education.

Updated 04/28/20

Special education staff have been working with families and school sites to schedule and hold virtual IEP meetings to review student progress, document and address family concerns, and discuss remote learning needs. All special education services, including speech-language and occupational therapy, will be delivered virtually by the service provider. These services may be delivered via video chat, phone, or a combination thereof. 

Updated 04/28/20

Near the end of the year, we will be working to administer assessments that give us a clearer idea of where our students have progressed and where they may have fallen behind.  Next year, we will need to take the time to use this assessment data to inform our next steps. All of our students, and students across the country are all in a very similar situation right now. When we transition back to school our teachers will continue to assess our students, see where they are, redirect their instruction as needed, and support them from there.

Updated 04/28/20

Teachers are still required to deliver daily Designated-English Language Development to all English Learners.  Just as during a typical year, they are using a variety of strategies including differentiated materials and videos, small groups, and more.  Additionally, we have created a parent and secondary newcomer website in Spanish to provide resources.

Updated 04/28/20

Yes. We acknowledge that many students are faced with these kinds of challenges and that the current state of education is not ideal. Fortunately, several teachers are already meeting in small groups to support students where they are. As teachers become more comfortable with online platforms, they will be able to expand their range of offerings. As always, if you are having specific concerns about your student's academic progress, please reach out to your student’s teacher/s.

Updated 04/28/20

Thank you for your concern for our students. Classroom teachers are considered mandated reporters. If they see or hear of situations that may be harmful for students they will be in contact with the appropriate entities and their administration. Our educators, administration and staff have been or have attempted to contact all our students. If a student has yet to be contacted, staff will continue to reach out. Please know there are few students in this situation. 

Updated 04/28/20

Yes. With the health and safety of all students and staff in mind, and through consultation with our public health officials from across the region, San Rafael City Schools joins other school districts from around the Bay Area to announce that school closure has been extended for in-person instruction through the end of this school year. All SRCS school campuses are closed, and we will continue to provide virtual instruction through remote learning for that duration of time. Please see the joint press release between the Marin County Office of Education, Department of Health and Human Services and the County of Marin here.

Updated 04/08/20

The following TEMPORARY AMENDMENTS TO GRADING PRACTICES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS recommendation was approved by the SRCS Board of Trustees at the April 27, 2020 Board meeting and will be implemented during the fourth quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.

Updated 04/29/20

  1. In addition to paper packets, special education teachers and Speech Pathologists have set up Google Classrooms with work, activities, and resources posted for student access and learning.
  2. Each teacher and service provider have set up "office Hours" where they are available via phone, email or Google hangout to support students and families. They are also reaching out to each family to set up times to schedule virtual sessions based on their identified needs.
  3. The mental health staff have been reaching out to the families and scheduling virtual or phone sessions.
  4. Special education staff have been working with families and school sites to schedule and hold virtual IEP meetings to review student progress, document and address family concerns, and discuss remote learning needs. 

Updated 04/03/20

  1. The first two weeks of school closure (March 16-27) was a time of enrichment and use of educational resources to begin our transition to distance learning. This gave teachers time to prepare, and the district time to make sure all students have Chromebooks and Internet access. We also gave out packets to all elementary students and have provided a follow-up packet this week, along with online resources.
  2. Our remote learning website was up and running in 3 days after closure.
  3. We continue to build the capacity of our teachers for distance learning. Support and mentoring are being provided by school administrators, instructional coaches, and other teachers who are well versed in technology and on-line learning. Other resources for teachers include On-line chat rooms; 1:1 support, department and grade-level meetings, videos and “tips of the day”.  Making this shift is not easy, but our teachers are working very hard to make this shift.
  4. Almost all students had previous experience using Chromebooks in the classrooms, as well as on-line support resources. Most teachers also had previous experience using Google Classroom (K-8) and Canvas at high school.

Last Updated 04/03/20

  • Connecting with students online.  We still have some classes where not all students have not signed in and so are not participating; every school is working to contact these students to ensure their participation.
  • Blending independent work and group instruction;
  • Concerns with student behavior on-line (Zoom bombing);
  • Navigating the extensive new, free on-line resources to find the best content;
  • Shifting from teaching in the classroom to using a totally new method of delivering instruction;
  • Determining the best time to connect with students, and using the new secondary schedule;
  • Developing weekly assignments and gauging the level of individual support; 
  • Finding the balance between too much and too little work; and/or
  • Balancing the emotional well-being of our students with academic learning in a new learning environment.

Note:  all AP classes are available on line!

Updated 04/03/20

  • Make sure they get lots of exercise (kids are under stress now too!); 
  • Make sure to give them time away from screens- play games and have some fun;
  • Review weekly assignments and help where you can;
  • Make sure students are participating in Google Classroom or Canvas with their classes; and
  • Contact your teacher or principal if you need help!

Updated 04/03/20

There have been so many wonderful foundations, non-profit organizations, individuals and corporations who have generously given their time, resources and financial contributions on behalf of our community. We are forever grateful for their service. While we are not asking for donations, but since many of you have asked, if you are able and willing to financially contribute, please consider the following organizations who are directly supporting our community:

  • Our bi-weekly food pantries would not happen without the support of the remarkable San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. Their support has enabled SRCS to feed over 700 families per week. They continue to set up additional pop-up pantries around San Rafael and Marin supporting vulnerable seniors and our families. Donate here to the SF-Marin Food Bank.
  • Canal Alliance has set up a client support fund, giving $350 grants to every family on their caseload. They've distributed over 200 grants so far, but have over 500 families yet to receive one. Your donation will help hardworking immigrants put food on the table, pay rent and utilities, and cover for other urgent expenses. Donate here to the Client Support Fund.

Updated 04/09/20

  • Head to our Remote Learning website and click on students, you will be able to find your child’s grade level and find some great supplemental resources.  Some teachers have also assigned longer-term projects that carry over through spring break.
  • Reading or journal writing are great activities for all ages!

Updated 04/03/20

Please contact our IT Department at: dosupport@srcs.org

  • All State testing (CAASPP, ELPAC) has been suspended for this year.
  • The College Board, which administers the SAT, has canceled the May 2 SAT test date. The next SAT test date is June 6 with a registration deadline of May 8 and a late registration deadline of May 27 registration. Please visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register for more information. 
  • The April 4, 2020 ACT test date has been rescheduled to June 13, 2020. All students registered for the April 4 test received an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. Updated information regarding ACT testing can be found at www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html. The UC system also is suspending the SAT and ACT requirement for current high school juniors for this upcoming year because of widespread testing cancellations. The CSU system is reviewing whether to also drop its testing requirements for 2021 admissions.
  • AP Testing - Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. For the 2019-20 school year, students can take a free online 45-minute open response. More information can be found at College Board AP Updates

Updated 04/28/20

Yes we will want to check in with you on how things are going and what further questions you have.

Updated 04/28/20
 

  • The school calendar was previously set and in alignment with county;
  • Modifying the calendar would require negotiations to change; and
  • Finding rest, rejuvenation and relaxation is needed for all.

Updated 04/03/20