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K-5 Community Update March 23, 2021
Posted 3/31/21

Dear Miller Creek Elementary Community,

 

We continue to be shocked and incensed at the senseless violence happening in our country. Last night at sunset marked the end of a period where flags flew at half-staff to honor the innocent victims of the racially targeted shooting in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. We stand in solidarity with our Asian-American colleagues, students and families. Racist actions targeted at some in our community impact everyone and we must all work harder to join together and fight hatred wherever we find it.

 

The Miller Creek School District is committed to antiracist work with staff, students, and families. We have had the opportunity to work with both Dr. Lori Waston of Race-Work.com and with Brian Fong of Facing History and Ourselves to explore issues of race, identity and raising racial consciousness and equity. We invite our community to join Dr. Watson on Monday, March 29th at 6:00 for the third session in the Parent Racial Equity Seminar series (zoom link) or to become involved with the District’s Equity Working Group or the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee at each school site. As a community, we must have the courage to stand up to hate and intolerance and to dismantle the systemic structures that perpetuate inequities in order to create a more just world.

 

April 12th Schedule Changes

 

Guidance for schools is changing rapidly and we find ourselves in a pivotal time. Click here to view today’s webinar from Marin Public Health to more fully understand this context. In January we began planning for a return to full classes and extending the instructional day. We have relied on science, school and community transmission data, mental health data, and stakeholder interests to guide our decision. The county is now in the orange tier, 100% of our staff has had access to the vaccine, and over the last few days, CDC, CDPH and MHHS guidance has aligned to allow for stable groups, extended school days, and a minimum of 3ft physical distancing between students. This is all welcomed news and allows us to safely and confidently increase in-person time on campus. 

The plan to return to full classes, five days a week on April 12th remains. The last model shared with the community was a model that included a minimum of four hours of daily instruction. In our commitment to have students return to in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible, listening to feedback from stakeholders, and in following the recommendations from MHHS, we plan to implement the schedule below starting April 12th which allows for longer in-person instruction than previously shared. 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

In-Person Learning

 

AM: 8:15-2:00 pm

 

PM: 8:25- 2:10 pm

 


 

 

K AM: 8:15- 1:20

K PM: 8:25 - 1:30

In-Person Learning

 

AM: 8:15-2:00 pm

 

PM: 8:25- 2:10 pm

 


 

 

K AM: 8:15- 1:20

K PM: 8:25 - 1:30

In-Person Learning

 

AM: 8:15-1:20 pm

 

PM: 8:25-1:30pm



 

In-Person Learning

 

AM: 8:15-2:00 pm

 

PM: 8:25- 2:10 pm

 


 

 

K AM: 8:15- 1:20

K PM: 8:25 - 1:30

In-Person Learning

 

AM: 8:15-2:00 pm

 

PM: 8:25- 2:10 pm

 


 

 

K AM: 8:15- 1:20

K PM: 8:25 - 1:30

  • ELA, math, social studies science, ELD instruction

  • 35 minute lunch & 20 minute recess with class, staggered

 

The district is making arrangements to shift lunch service from a weekly meal kit to daily delivery at each school site and anticipates initiating three home to school bus routes. We have had bargaining sessions with our labor partners and we hope to reach a tentative agreement soon with the Miller Creek Educators Association. 

We have scheduled a K-5 Parent Webinar on March 31st to describe the schedule, procedures for recess and lunch, and address questions. It worked well to collect questions in advance of the last webinar, so please use this link to submit questions. The meeting recording and the slide deck will be available by 5:00 pm on March 31st. 

  • Elementary Parent Meeting: 3/31/21 at 8:30 am (Zoom Link)

Miller Creek Virtual Academy

 

Students enrolled in virtual academy classes will continue remotely for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Remote Learning Days for Transition

April 1 and 2 will be remote learning days so that teachers and staff can prepare our schools for the full classroom return on April 12. Your child will have a total of 60 minutes each day on Zoom and 180 minutes (120 for Kindergarten) of assignments to work on independently. Thank you in advance for your support.

Spring Break & Staying Vigilant

While we should all be relieved that we are seeing a lower prevalence of COVID in our community, we need to continue to work together so Marin does not experience rising infections that lead to a “third wave.” With more students in our classrooms, it is imperative that we follow our critical safety protocols, including wearing masks when at school and in the public, staying home when sick, washing hands often, avoiding large gatherings and more. Furthermore, with Spring Break coming up, please do not engage in high-risk behavior (including gatherings of more than three households and out-of-state travel). Public Health still strongly recommends quarantining after any out of state travel.

Schedules for 2021-22

 

The School Calendar for 2021-22 has been adopted. According to the recommendation of the Marin County Department of Public Health we are planning for a full-day schedule of typical sized classes for all K-8 students beginning on August 19, 2021! 

 

Appreciation

 

We are grateful for the positive community support of our reopening efforts, which would not have occurred without the strong collaboration with our Public Health officials, Dr. Matt Willis, Dr. Lisa Santora, and County Superintendent of Schools, Mary Jane Burke for their relentless efforts in supporting schools. Their clear guidelines for reopening, efforts to get all Marin educators vaccinated, as well as the ongoing communication have made it possible for our district to keep students and staff safe during these challenging times. 

Thank you to the incredible Miller Creek staff who have worked tirelessly to move through this year with flexibility, grace, and a clear focus on doing what is best for students. There has been monumental work behind the scenes to make this last shift possible!

 

We are so excited for April 12. Thank you Miller Creek Community and let’s finish strong! 

 

Sincerely, 

Becky Rosales | Superintendent

Kristy Treewater | Assistant Superintendent