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SRCS 4/23/21 Update: Expanded In-Person Learning Update
Posted 4/23/21

Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,

As you may have heard, Marin County did not advance to the Yellow Tier this week as part of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan due to a small uptick in COVID-19 cases. 

Before I share what this means for our schools, I want to provide some background and context. In general, for a county to advance to a less restrictive tier during the COVID pandemic, it must (1) have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks; and (2) meet criteria for the next less restrictive tier for the prior two consecutive weeks.

According to Marin Health and Human Services, the data in question for this week’s tier status included cases for the week ending April 10, when there was an increase in testing related to spring break travel. While the increase in cases was not a large spike, it was enough to prevent Marin from moving to the Yellow Tier. As a result, we remain in the Orange Tier and the 14-day qualification period started over, meaning the earliest we could move into yellow status is May 4.

Per our agreements with our labor partners, we are able to move to the next phases of our return to in-person learning schedules when Marin enters the Yellow Tier and no sooner than May 1. Given the new information, we have modified our timeline: our schools at every level are planning to be ready for expanded in-person learning to begin as soon as Monday, May 10. We know this continued uncertainty is challenging on many levels, and I will share concrete information as soon as possible. 

The good news is that Marin’s data does appear to have recently improved, and we are optimistic that we’re back on track to move forward in our reentry process. Furthermore, it is also a very big step that COVID-19 vaccinations are widely available for any and all age 16 and older who live or work in Marin, with many sites offering same-day or next-day access. Learn more and schedule an appointment at GetVaccinatedMarin.org.

I continue to be appreciative of everyone’s patience, understanding and compassion as we have moved forward despite tremendous challenges. I am grateful that all our schools are providing in-person learning to students in a safe environment, and I am confident that we will end the school year in positive, meaningful ways. 

Sincerely,

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent