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7/29/20 Update: Re-entry Recommendations and Plans; Town Hall; Next Steps
Posted 7/29/20

Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,        
                
COVID-19 has brought unprecedented unknowns, which has led to a dramatic shift in the way we live our daily lives, including how we educate our students. While many have wondered what the state of education would look like this fall, our SRCS educators and leaders have worked diligently over the past several months to prepare the best possible educational options for our students, while keeping safety our top priority. 

At the Board of Education meeting last evening, we presented our Re-entry Task Force recommendations and plans for this coming school year. The recommendations and plans were created by and with input from our teachers, staff, students, parents, administrators, partners and others, and with guidance from state and local public health officials and leaders. Keeping up with the constantly changing landscape regarding COVID-19 has been very difficult, and I so appreciate the dedication and commitment of our staff and community for taking time during the summer to develop these recommendations. I am also keenly aware that things may continue to shift, but we will strive to keep our community informed and engaged as we move forward.

I highly encourage you to check out the presentation from the meeting, which includes:

  • The recommendations from the Re-entry Task Force and subgroups, including the Safety Taskforce, Elementary Instruction Taskforce and Secondary Instruction Taskforce.
  • Information about our phased-in approach: All students starting the school year with remote learning; based on safety considerations and other factors, we will phase into the recommended hybrid models with some form of in-person instruction when the time is right. 
  • Sample schedules for remote learning and the hybrid models for the grade spans.
  • An overview of SRCS K-5 Connected Classrooms, the remote learning option for students in grades K-5 for the full 2020-21 school year. More details will also be shared directly with K-5 families in the next 24 hours, which will include a program overview, FAQs and the commitment form to be completed by Aug. 9.

As a next step, please join us for a Virtual Town Hall, tomorrow, July 30, from 5 - 6:15 pm on the SRCS Facebook Page! You’ll be able to learn more information about the recommendations, have your questions answered and share your feedback. To help with this, we’re partnering with Thoughtexhange. We have two exchanges live and ready for you to participate in advance of the Town Hall so we can be ready to answer some of your questions - just click the links below! The exchanges will also be running live tomorrow during the Town Hall so we can get to more questions in real time. 

Tomorrow’s Town Hall will have Simultaneous Spanish translation: Call in: 650-449-9690, PIN: 244 088 870#. We will also hold a Town Hall in Spanish on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 5 pm. Stay tuned for more details!

At their meeting on Monday, Aug. 3 at 6 pm, the Board will make a final decision on the recommendations. We will also share additional re-entry updates and logistics, such as the Wellness Task Force outcomes; implementing safety protocols at schools; transportation; instruction subcommittee work; PD; grading; technology for remote learning; food services; and more! Lastly, we have been negotiating with our labor partners regarding the impact of COVID-19, and we hope to bring MOUs to the Board for approval in the near future. 

We look forward to starting our 2020-2021 school year by providing students a quality education within a secure and supportive remote learning environment. We know it is everyone’s ultimate goal to return to have all students back to full-time in-person learning, and we appreciate the continued partnership of our greater SRCS community as we work together to reach that milestone when it is safe to do so. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent