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SRCS 4/16/21 Update: Preparing for Expanded In-Person Learning Time at All Levels
Posted 4/16/21

Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,

This week, we learned that Marin is making great progress in advancing to the Yellow Tier, as part of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan. We are grateful for everyone’s efforts to reduce COVID-19’s spread and keep our community healthy and safe. This also means that the next phases of our return to in-person learning are on the horizon! Our schools at every level are planning to be ready for expanded in-person learning to begin as soon as Monday, May 3. 

  • Our elementary schools and Venetia Valley TK-8 will have in-person learning for full school days, Monday through Friday, very similar to a regular school year schedule (including having Wednesdays as early release days). (Not Connected Classroom students)
  • Davidson Middle School will have expanded in-person learning, Monday through Friday. (Not students who previously opted for full remote learning) 
  • Our high schools will have full in-person school days, four days a week. (Not students who previously opted for full remote learning, though we’re exploring options for interested students to return on a space-available basis - more to come.)

Once Marin officially moves to the Yellow Tier, which is anticipated in the next few weeks if Marin’s data continues to improve, we can confirm this May 3 transition date for our schools. We will keep you updated, and please watch for specific information from your schools. You can also see our progress and plans for our phased-in re-entry here

The end of any school year has so much meaning, and especially after such a challenging year, I believe it is important that we close out the year with a much more “normal” schedule, with safety measures still in place.  And, we are planning to safely hold in-person, outdoor high school graduation ceremonies (details to come). 

Looking even further ahead to the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, I want to emphasize that we are planning for all SRCS elementary, middle and high schools to have their typical schedules - full days, five days a week, in-person for all students. Vaccinations, testing and the precautions we are taking now make this possible. We will continue to follow public health guidelines, and have measures in place to ensure that we are keeping our students, teachers, staff and community safe.

It is my responsibility to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of continuing to follow public health guidelines: wear a mask when outside of your home, keep social distancing, wash your hands frequently and do not gather indoors in large groups. Furthermore, I want to personally encourage everyone who is eligible - which now includes everyone age 16 and older - to get a COVID-19 vaccination. You can learn more and schedule an appointment at The light at the end is now brighter than ever - let’s get there together!  


Jim Hogeboom