March 18, 2020
Dear Kentfield School District Community,
I write to update you on the latest order from the health department. We have been ordered to remain closed through Spring Break. This means we would start back in school on Monday, April 13. The Board of Trustees met today to discuss the district's response to the virus. A record of that meeting can be found on our website.
You may be aware, however, that Governor Newsom predicted in his news conference this afternoon that schools in California will not reopen this school year. The Board will meet again soon to consider this news.
In the meantime, we head into day three of our shutdown. In light of the shelter in place orders, we are amending our schedule of teachers responding to emails from students and parents/guardians. 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.
I have heard from many of our families who are concerned about our students who receive free or reduced lunch. We provided bag lunches - with the help of the PTA and Good Earth - as well as weekend snack packs to these students yesterday and today. Then, this afternoon and evening, we distributed almost 100 Trader Joe's gift cards worth $100 each to families whose students qualify for free or reduced lunch. With the help of Amber Hatfield who will deliver those that weren't picked up today to students' homes tomorrow, we are able to provide the resources for the equivalent of four weeks worth of lunches. If you would like to help offset the cost of these gift cards, please email me (email@example.com) and we will talk about how to do that.
People have been asking about play dates and we have seen many taking place on our playgrounds. The only advice I have from the health department about groups of children is to limit them to three or four.
Lastly, four classrooms at Bacich are soon to be deployed to provide child care for health care workers at Marin General. This is anticipated to start Thursday of this week. School is not back in session! This is a vital service that the county is providing at three schools in the county that are close to hospitals.
District Office staff will be working from home as much as possible but are available through email. Please check our website for updates and I will check back in on Thursday evening – unless there's reason to write sooner.
Thank you for your support and patience.