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SRCS 4/30/21 High School Update: Expanded In-Person Learning Begins May 11
Posted 4/30/21

Dear San Rafael City Schools High School Community,

Watch a short video about our transition to expanded in-person learning.

I am excited to share that all our SRCS high schools will move to the final phase of our 2020-21 return to in-person learning schedule on Tuesday, May 11. All high school students are invited to return for in-person learning for full days, all periods, four days a week (Tuesday through Friday) starting on Tuesday, May 11. Mondays will remain asynchronous throughout the rest of the school year. 

We are grateful to our high school teachers for supporting this timeline, and for their flexibility, professionalism and extremely hard work to benefit our students and families throughout this pandemic. While Marin is on the verge to moving to the Yellow Tier, our teachers have agreed to start the expanded in-person learning on May 11 regardless, which significantly reduces the uncertainty and allows us to maximize our planning time. I also continue to be so appreciative of our students and families given the many hardships they’ve endured throughout this entire school year, as well as all our support staff for their amazing work. 

Part of our new agreement allows for a minimum of three feet of social distancing among students on campus. When partnered with our other risk mitigation efforts like mandatory face coverings, we are confident that this will continue to allow for safe school environments. I am thrilled that this means that we can greatly expand the number of students on campus, and I invite - and highly encourage - all our students who previously opted for full remote learning to reconsider and join us for in-person learning on May 11. Nothing beats the impact of learning in-person in our classrooms! Our principals will be sharing more information about how students can communicate their interest in switching to in-person learning. There may also be very few exceptions where a small number of teachers will continue to teach remotely, and schools will share information with impacted students. 

I strongly believe that having as many students on campus as soon as possible will help us wrap up this very difficult school year on a positive note, and I look forward to welcoming many students who may not have stepped on campus in over a year!

Lastly, a reminder that there are now many vaccination opportunities. This Saturday, May 1, anyone 16 and older can visit the Marin Center (10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael) to get a vaccination. Walk-ins are welcome (appointments are not necessary). Anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian to accompany them. Learn more at GetVaccinatedMarin.org.

Sincerely,

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent