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1.4.22 Community Health Update
Posted 1/4/22

Dear Miller Creek Community,

 

We wanted to provide information regarding updated health guidance from Marin County Office of Education and Public Health as there are some important shifts we want to recognize:

 

  1. The guidance that describes the length of isolation and quarantine has been updated and can be found here. This guidance is effective immediately and may impact individuals that are currently isolating or quarantining.

  2. Large gatherings that include more than 50 people are now prohibited. This is true for student and parent events and applies to both indoor and outdoor settings. 

  3. Masks continue to be required indoors for students and staff. Masking should be worn outdoors when physical distancing is not feasible, except while eating or drinking.  

 

Public Health has projected that the next few days will likely show a spike in positive cases, as we are now just to the 5 day point after New Year’s Eve celebrations. Household celebrations, along with travel, and indoor sporting events continue to be the primary methods of exposure. The age group experiencing the highest number of positive cases currently is 18-35 year olds and Marin hospitalizations remain low. Marin has a very high vaccination rate throughout all eligible age groups, which continues to be among the highest in the state, and our 70% vaccination rate for 5-11 year olds in Marin County may still be the highest in the nation. 

 

Additional actions that the district is taking include securing additional on-site testing supplies to ensure that our ability to test both staff and students at the school sites continues and working with California Department of Public Health and Marin County Office of Education to acquire additional test kits for student home use. We also continue to focus on air quality by changing classroom HEPA filters when the indicator shows readiness, replacing filters in the classroom HVAC systems between now and the end of February break, and regularly confirming that the bipolar ionization systems are working properly. Additionally, the district will begin to collect proof of booster vaccination for volunteers and school staff. 

 

We hope you will be able to join the Public Health Update for the School Community this Thursday, Jan. 6 from 4 - 5 pm.

  • ZOOM LINK  |  Webinar ID: 880 1113 4735  |  Passcode: 212768  |  Dial In: 408-638-0968

This event will be recorded and the link and slide presentation will be posted on Friday morning on the Rethinking Schools Webpage

 

Finally, we want to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who used the test kits we sent home before break and then reported your results to our Primary Health system. We had over 1830 results reported, which is an amazing response rate that reflects the efforts of our entire community to keep our students and staff healthy at school. We will continue to work through our response to the pandemic together to keep our students, families, and staff safe. You can help by ensuring your child is vaccinated and tested for COVID if they have been exposed or are presenting symptoms; and keeping them home if they are ill. 

 

We appreciate your support and understanding, and will continue to keep you updated.

 

Sincerely,

Becky Rosales | Superintendent

Kristy Treewater | Assistant Superintendent