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SRCS 5/14/21 Update: Re-entry Update; Measures G&H Pass; Youth Vaccinations and More
Posted 5/14/21

Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,

Please read on for some important updates from another busy week!

Return to Full In-Person Learning: This week, I was able to get out to a few of our schools, and it was so heartwarming to be able to see students playing four square, climbing on the play structures, running around with hula hoops, eating lunch together and, most importantly, being in the classrooms for a full school day! The smiles and joy from students and staff was palpable, and it was so refreshing to see more in-person learning happening all day. Several teachers commented that they were actually able to take a breath during the day, and actually had the time to finish all of their key lessons without rushing. I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone for putting in the hard work to make this happen! 

On this webpage about our in-person learning phases, you can see just how many shifts we’ve all made as we’ve progressed through this school year. It is great to be able to end the year on a "normal" note and to know we will be starting off next year the same way. For our high school students who are in remote learning, there is still time to join your teachers and classmates for in-person learning! I encourage you to think seriously about this opportunity and contact your school if you would like to switch to wrap up the school year back on our campuses. 

Measures G & H Pass: With more positive news, I am thrilled to share that San Rafael voters recently approved Measure G and Measure H! This continued local funding will help maintain our qualified teachers and core academic programs, and we are extremely grateful to our San Rafael community for their commitment to our schools.

Face Coverings: As you may have heard, this week the CDC updated its guidelines regarding the use of face coverings for individuals fully vaccinated for COVID-19. At this time, state and county health and education officials have not issued any directions or updated guidelines in response to this change by the CDC. Masks will continue to be required in all SRCS settings for all employees, students, and visitors. I do not anticipate our mask guidelines changing before the end of the school year, but I will be sure to communicate with you if they do to ensure that there is no confusion.

Vaccines for Youth: As a reminder, Marin County Public Health is prioritizing access to vaccines for youth age 12 and older now that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use. All vaccine sites are free and insurance is not required. Learn about upcoming options. Additionally, in the next week, there will be on-campus, walk-up vaccinations available at select SRCS schools - San Rafael High School, Madrone High School, Davidson Middle School and Venetia Valley. These schools are sharing more information directly with families. I want to personally encourage everyone who is eligible to get a COVID vaccination, and for families to vaccinate their children age 12 and older as soon as possible. Learn more at GetVaccinatedMarin.org.

New Principals: I’m thrilled to announce that the SRCS Board of Education has appointed two new principals for the 2021-22 school year! Joining SRCS is Emilia El Ammari as the principal of Bahia Vista Elementary School and Victoria Martin as the principal of Madrone High School. We feel very fortunate to have these two new leaders - please join me in congratulating and welcoming them!

School Start Schedules Survey: Lastly, please watch your inbox soon for a survey on shifting our regular school day start and end times to potentially take effect beginning in the coming 2021-22 school year. California has a new law that requires later start times for middle and high schools, and we are using the opportunity to determine if it is a good idea to alter all our school schedules TK-12. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent