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SRCS 1/22/21 Update: Board Provisional Appointment; Reentry Planning; Vaccine Distribution
Posted 1/22/21

Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,

We have a number of important updates and reminders for this week. Please read on, and thank you for all you’re doing during this pandemic!

Provisional Appointment Process to Fill Board Seat
SRCS is in the midst of a provisional appointment process to fill an open Board of Education seat. The application window closed on Jan. 20, and we received nine applications. At an open session on Monday, Jan. 25 beginning at 3 pm, the four current Board members will interview the candidates. At the close of interviews, the Board will deliberate and select the successful candidate. During the Jan. 25 Regular Meeting that immediately follows at 6 pm, the successful candidate will be sworn into office. Learn more. 

Re-Entry Planning at Jan. 25 Board Meeting
At our Jan. 25 Board of Education meeting at 6 pm, staff will continue the discussion on our phased-in approach to TK-12 in-person learning. I am thrilled to announce that SRTA (our TK-8 certificated educator labor group) has ratified a Memorandum of Understanding for our TK-8 re-entry plans! 

Below is a high level overview of the proposed plans for the immediate next phases for re-entry (more information is in last week’s update and will also be discussed on Monday).

Level Proposed Next Phase Proposed Target Timeline
Elementary Schools “Modified Day” schedule (4.5 hours a day, five days a week; no asynchronous work) (not for Connected Classrooms) When Marin is in the Orange Tier; 
no sooner than March 15
Davidson Middle School First period in person on A/B schedule, second and third periods remote learning* After Marin is in the Red Tier for two weeks; no sooner than March 1
Venetia Valley 
Gr. 6-8 AM/PM structure to align with VV TK-5* After Marin is in the Red Tier for two weeks; no sooner than March 1
High Schools Hybrid learning, with a combination of in-person and remote classes depending on the students' schedule* After Marin is in the Red Tier for two weeks; no sooner than March 1

*for students who opted for in-person learning

We’ve launched a “ThoughtExchange” so you can give your input on the re-entry plans. Click here to share your feedback! 

Vaccinations for SRCS Staff
Marin Health and Human Services, in partnership with the Marin County Office of Education and all Marin Superintendents, has developed a process to offer vaccinations to all Marin teachers and staff. For all schools and districts, employees are broken up into four tiers: 

  • Priority I: Employees providing in-person instruction or services in Special Day Class, paraprofessionals/1:1 aides, bus drivers, custodial, and food service; all employees over 65 years of age (updated to align to CDC guidelines)

  • Priority II: All other employees working in-person

  • Priority III: All other employees working remotely/distance learning

  • Priority IV: Trustees and all other ancillary personnel

The vaccine distribution for Priority I staff kicked off on Sunday, Jan. 17. Over 1,200 vaccines in total were administered, and all of our SRCS Priority I employees were offered the opportunity to be vaccinated on Sunday and throughout this week. As the distribution was wrapping up on Sunday, it became apparent that there were about 230 extra doses remaining, and they would spoil if they were not distributed. There were informal county-wide “word-of-mouth” efforts from many who were at the distribution site to recruit school employees from any priority level so the doses would not go to waste. Our District's focus was on informing those in the next priority level - specifically, our PK-5 teachers and staff who are currently working in-person. 

It was recently announced that the Marin vaccine distribution will focus on residents age 75 and older for now. We will continue to work closely with our county partners and share updates about when vaccinations for our educators may resume given the current prioritized focus on the elderly. 

I want to remind each of you that we are all in this together. Our safety is dependent on our behaviors and the behaviors of those around us. Please take care of yourself and those around you.


Jim Hogeboom