March 25, 2020

Dear KSD Community,

The following press release was issued late this morning. I wanted to get it out to you as soon as possible. I will be in contact to share what this extension means for you and our students in the next few days. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Liz Schott
Superintendent
lschott@kentfieldschools.org

Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals From Regular School Attendance
To Be Extended Through May 1, 2020

(Information in Spanish)

San Rafael, CA –Marin County has aligned with seven Bay Area county
health officers, and county superintendents to make a unified, regional
decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular
school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel
coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. The safety and wellness
of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest
priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties.


Building on the regional coordination the Bay Area jurisdictions took on
March 16, 2020 in issuing Health Officer orders requiring all residents to
shelter in place, the following Bay Area County Offices of Education have
been working together over the last several weeks to align strategies and
practices during this unprecedented time for public education: Alameda,
Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.


“To maintain a consistent and coordinated response regionally, Public
Health officials and school leaders have determined that extending the
suspension of classroom learning is vital to the safety and well-being of
our students and community,” said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County
Superintendent of Schools. “This unified decision is a reflection of the
importance of our mitigation efforts and to help our families plan for the
longer term.”


With the support and collaboration of the Public Health Officers in the
respective jurisdictions, the County Superintendents of Schools, based on
conversations with district leaders, recognized the need to extend the
period of school closures and student dismissals through May 1, 2020. If
further extensions become necessary, those decisions and
announcements will be made at the appropriate time.


School facilities may remain open to staff for the purposes of performing
tasks deemed essential by the school district and the county offices of
education. Education will continue through flexible learning, meals will
continue to be provided and, where possible, childcare may be arranged.
“As we work to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, any efforts to
reduce community exposure will help ease the burden on our healthcare
system and protect those at greatest risk,” said Main County Public
Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis. “This unified effort should serve as a model
for our state.”

  • The best way for the public to further stop the spread of germs in our
    community is to practice the following steps:
    • Abide by the current shelter in place order, limiting activity to only
      essential needs. When completing essential activity, keep your
      distance from others, especially anyone showing symptoms of a
      cold;
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20
      seconds, especially before eating, after blowing your nose,
      coughing, or sneezing;
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not
      available;
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or crook of your elbow
      (not your hands). If you use a tissue, throw it away and wash your
      hands afterward;
    • Avoid touching your face;
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a
      regular household cleaning spray or wipe;

Visit the official Marin County Coronavirus webpage
(MarinHHS.org/coronavirus) to review answers to frequently asked
questions or subscribe to receive email updates. In addition, individuals
can contact Marin HHS with non-medical COVID-19 questions by calling a
dedicated information call center at (415) 473-7191 or by email.

Contacts:
Mary Jane Burke
MARIN COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
Marin County Office of Education
1111 Las Gallinas Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-499-5801
mjburke@marinschools.org

Dr. Matthew Willis
PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER
Department of Health and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94901
CRS Dial 711
mwillis@marincounty.org
www.marinhhs.org

Laine Hendricks
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(415) 359-4508
lhendricks@marincounty.org