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SRCS 12/12/20 Update: Secondary Reentry - Commitment Form Deadline Extended; Video from the Superintendent; School Information & More
Posted 12/12/20

Dear San Rafael City Schools Middle and High School Community, 

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these challenging times together! 

Watch this important video message about the return to in-person learning

https://vimeo.com/490190648

Here are some key points about our reentry plans for students in grades 6-12:

Commitment Form: To support our reentry planning efforts, please complete our Commitment Form to choose either “Full Remote Learning” or “In-Person Learning” for your child for the remainder of the school year. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 8 am. If a form is not completed for a student, they will automatically be participating in our “In-Person Learning” approach.

Health and Safety: It is important to emphasize that for in-person learning at all levels, health and safety protocols will be required for staff and students (mask-wearing, hand washing, six feet of distancing, etc.). Furthermore, parents and students who participate in in-person learning will be asked to sign the “Health Pledge” found in the Marin Student & Family Handbook (subject to change based on county tier status). Additionally, we continue to collaborate with Marin Health and Human Services and we will not begin in-person learning in grades 6-12 when Marin is in the “purple” (widespread) tier. 

School-Specific Information: While the planning is still in development and all plans are tentative and subject to approval with our labor partners, below is some high-level information about our proposed schools’ plans at this time. 

  • Davidson Middle School: The return to in-person learning will potentially begin to phase-in in early February. It is likely that all students will be remote on Mondays; with in-person students initially coming to campus for advisory and first period, and later for multiple classes a day in an “A/B” model (two days a week). Full remote learning will likely be similar to how it is now, though a small number of classes may be streamed by teachers. It is going to be difficult and likely not possible for a student to switch models. For more information, here is a recording of the Parent Forum in English and a recording of the Parent Forum in Spanish. 
  • High Schools (Madrone, San Rafael and Terra Linda): High schools’ return to in-person learning will likely begin later than middle school, after Mid-Winter Break. Before we can provide more detailed information about our high school program, it is important for us to have the results of the Commitment Form so we can more accurately prepare to support safety on campus, as well as other logistics and staffing needs. A model will be used so there are fewer students at school (current assumption that not more than half of each class would be on campus at one time). Students will be enrolled in their current Spring courses, recognizing that some adjustments may need to be made based upon staffing. Please note that we anticipate that a student will be able to move from in-person to remote learning, but it will likely not be possible for a student who selected full remote learning to move to in-person.

Again, we understand this is a difficult decision and there is still much uncertainty in what the Spring semester will look like, but we appreciate your support as we move forward together.

I’ll end as I have before (I know you may think you’ve heard this enough, but it is more important now than ever): Please follow the recommendations of health experts and wear a mask when outside of your home, keep social distancing, do not gather with people outside your household and wash your hands frequently. Together, we can make a difference and bring our students back to school while also ensuring the safety of our students, staff and community.

Sincerely,

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent