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K-5 Community Update 2/23/21
Posted 2/23/21

Dear Miller Creek Elementary Community,

 

We are writing with two important K-5 updates.

Today, California announced that Marin County has advanced to the “Red Tier” in its Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. This means that the local COVID data is trending in the right direction, and we are seeing a lower prevalence in our community. 

This is celebrated information as we continue to plan our Phased Reopening. We are currently vetting a five day a week model that extends in person instruction beginning April 12th. We have scheduled a K-5 parent meeting on March 2nd to present data, a draft plan, and a timeline as well as gather feedback. The meeting recording and the slide deck will be available here by 5:00 pm on March 2nd. 

  • Elementary Parent Meeting: 3/2/21 at 8:30 am (Zoom Link)

We appreciate the positive community support of our reopening efforts, which would not have been possible without the strong collaboration of our labor partners, MCEA and CSEA. Our planning and decisions have consistently been informed by science, state and local public health guidance, the interests of stakeholder groups, and what is in the best interest of students. Casualties of COVID-19 are not only in the form of physical health, but also mental health, learning loss, and economics – all of which can have lifelong implications. Urgency and thoughtfulness have allowed us to successfully navigate the pandemic and our decision to (tentatively) return to classes 5 days a week on April 12, 2021 is no exception to that.  

 

This crisis is an emergency, and our responsibility as a learning community is to respond to and prepare for new conditions and information as we progress through the pandemic. Safety has always been our top priority. The district went over and above what was required of us to keep our staff and students safe. Approximately 22% of our staff has had access to the vaccine and the rest will follow soon. As we've been having discussions with teachers and staff over the last weeks, a key concern continues to be  safety. While the science behind school transmission rates does support a full classroom model, our hope is that all in-person staff have the opportunity to be vaccinated prior to our April 12th return to five days of instruction. 

 

The model under consideration assumes typical class sizes (up to 24 students) with student chairs 4 feet apart. We are working to collect feedback from staff and parents during the next few weeks and have created a timeline to prepare for the transition. 

Here is our timeline:

  • Monthly Meetings with MCEA Leadership

  • Monthly Meetings with CSEA Leadership

  • 1/28 K-5 Parent Survey 

  • 2/8 & 2/9 Site Leadership Team meetings at all schools

  • 2/8 22% of District has had access to both doses of vaccine

  • 2/10 Communication to MCEA - Invitation to Bargain

  • 2/22 & 2/23 Site Leadership Team meetings at all schools

  • 2/23 District Coordinating Council 

  • 3/1 Gather furniture needs

  • 3/1 K-5 Curriculum Council 

  • 3/2 K-5 Parent Webinar 

  • 3/2 - 3/5 K-5 Parent Survey

  • 3/3 Vallecito & Lucas Valley HSC Meeting

  • 3/9 Board Meeting

  • 3/10 MES HSC Meeting 

  • 3/29 - 4/2 Reconfigure Classrooms 

  • 4/12 Begin Modified Traditional Schedule 

We hope you will consider joining our parent webinar next Tuesday morning to learn more. Please use this link to submit questions in advance of the webinar. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Becky Rosales | Superintendent

Kristy Treewater | Assistant Superintendent