District Closure Information
Based on the recommendation (in English and Spanish) of Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Bacich and Kent Schools closed at the end of school on Friday, March 13 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Marin County.
School closure has since been extended such that campuses are now closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year, but distance learning is being provided for all students.
All previously scheduled on-campus events have been canceled for the duration of the school closure.
Teachers have prepared packets and online learning opportunities in order to be ready for this eventuality. Please read Sally Peck’s and Grant Althouse’s articles in this week’s newsletter for current information on what the continuation of teaching and learning will look like in our District.
- Teachers will make their best effort to answer emails the same day if the emails are received before noon.
- If emails are received after noon, teachers will try to answer those emails before noon the next day.
- Everyone needs flexibility under these conditions to care for themselves and their families as well as to teach your children.
- The school district will communicate updates to families regularly throughout the closure.
- April 7, 2020 - Letter from Superintendent on closure of school campuses in the six Bay Area counties through the end of this school year.
- School Board Letter 04-03-2020 - Distance learning transition, equity, and access
- Student Services News - March 27, 2020, Update on how student support services is planning for remote learning and partnership with special education families.
- March 25, 2020 - Marin County schools closed through May 1, 2020
- March 18, 2020, update - Superintendent clarification on playdate guidelines and thanks for donations to help with cost of lunch cards.
- March 18, 2020 - Letter from Superintendent on recent COVID-19 related-news, free and reduced lunch program, teacher email availability, and Bacich childcare space for Marin General workers.
- March 13, 2020, closure - Classes Suspended To Mitigate Spread of COVID-19
Resources for Students
Internet and Connectivity
For the most up-to-date information, the CDE recommends visiting EveryoneOn.org/cetf.
Having an affordable home Internet connection is critical to stay informed and in contact with friends and family during the COVID-19 emergency.
- For a limited time, AT&T, Charter/Spectrum and Comcast are offering 2-months free Home Internet for new subscribers from qualifying low-income households.
- Several companies, including AT&T, Charter/Spectrum, Comcast, Cox, Frontier, T-Mobile, and other ISPs pledge to not terminate service through April 30, and they will waive late fees for any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Sprint / T-Mobile / Boost Mobile cellular services are providing previously capped or metered plans with unlimited data and additional mobile hotspot data through April 30.
- Internet for All Now - Phone Number: 844-841-4636
- Comcast Internet Essentials (Temporarily Free) - Phone Number: 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish
- Spectrum : 60 days of free internet to families who do not have access during the coronavirus pandemic - 1-844-579-3743 English | 1-833-224-6603 Spanish
We are aware that some families may need an additional device for their students to use during the school day at home. Please complete the following form if your student is in grades K-3 and will not have access to a computer/tablet or reliable wifi at home during the school day:
Please let us know how instruction and learning is working for your child from home. We will use this information to continue to improve, and to work to get your child what he or she needs to learn at their full potential.
Resources for Families
Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school may come to the District Office (750 College Avenue, Kentfield) on Monday around noon to receive their meal.
Social Emotional Support
The Bacich and Kent counselors have created documents to support the emotional needs of students and families during the closure:
School Closure Activities
Here are some links with ideas & activities to do at home during a school closure:
- Learning Activities - Kentfield's collection of sites with activities students can do at home.
Additional COVID-19 Information
We are learning as we go, and appreciate your patience and offers of help. There may be opportunities to call on you to lend your expertise in the coming weeks and months. Please feel free to contact any one of the administrators with comments or questions.