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SRCS 4/2/21 Update: Important Public Health Reminders to Have a Safe Spring Break!
Posted 4/2/21

Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,

It’s been another big week for SRCS! On Monday, we were thrilled to start our Modified Day schedule for our TK-5 elementary schools and Venetia Valley K-8, as well as move to the next phase for our hybrid learning for Davidson Middle School. Thank you to everyone for your support as we made these transitions! Thinking back to this time last year, I am so grateful that we now have in-person learning at all our schools, which is a testament to our students, teachers, staff and families’ ongoing diligence and perseverance. We truly have come so far.

It is extremely important for employees and families to enjoy time away from work and school. With that said, we want to provide you with information regarding travel and the upcoming Spring Break. While Marin has reached the Orange Tier, COVID case counts are no longer declining across the region, and in some areas locally and nationally case rates are increasing again. Travel-related infections are threatening further progress in Marin. For those considering or planning travel over Spring Break, it is vital to remember travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID. Also, local public health officials have already seen the impact on non-essential travel among club sports teams. Local teams have traveled to distant parts of California or outside of the state to participate in tournaments. This has resulted in an increase of cases among youth athletes, and exposures to family members. This affects our schools, as cases can require classes or students to quarantine.

Here are some important reminders from Marin Health and Human Services (MHHS):

  • Avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles away, or to other states or countries.
  • If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:
    • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
    • Before you travel, get tested 1-3 days before your trip.
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public. 
    • Avoid crowds and stay at least six feet from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • All persons arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 10 days. This means that SRCS students who travel outside of California should not attend school and self-quarantine when they return. This is also described in MHHS Decision Tree for Schools.
    • Quarantine may be shortened to 7 days if all travelers in the household are asymptomatic and test negative with an antigen or molecular viral test on Day 5 or later.
    • Fully vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine unless required by employer.
    • Students who did not travel with their parents / guardians can attend school if returning parents / guardians can quarantine.
  • Those adhering to the advice and staying close to home still need to consider restrictions on in-person gatherings. CDPH recommends holding gatherings outside, where air circulation is better, and to not gather in groups of more than three households.

It is everyone’s responsibility to exercise good judgment. The pandemic is not over, and we must remain diligent so that we can finish the year strong and keep our SRCS community safe and healthy. Have a wonderful, restful break!

Sincerely,

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent