Hybrid Instruction Information

Please visit the KSD Distance Learning Portal for distance learning information and resources.

Hybrid Adjustments – January 25, 2021

As shared last week, cohorts that are not currently full, i.e. less than 12, have begun inviting additional students as an intervention strategy to accelerate learning. This means that a student may be in Cohort A and B. Students invited to partake in both cohorts shall count this as two of the three permissible cohorts per public health. The identification of students to be “invited” is based on a very distinct criteria determined by classroom teachers. I ask that we trust the identification process of our staff.

Marin’s Stay at Home Order was lifted on Monday, January 25 shifting Marin County to a Risk Reduction Order immediately. Accordingly, KSD has made adjustmnets to specific protocols based on the order and guidance from Public Health.

KSD Health Screening - Update
The KSD Daily Health Screening tool has been updated to align to the Risk Reduction Order. Questions related to travel and gathering or gathering have been removed.

If a member of the KSD community travels outside the state or country they shall not return to site based instruction until they:

  1. Quarantine for 10-days following the travel OR
  2. Return after day 7 with a negative test performed on/after day 5 (diagnostic molecular rt-pcr tests only) and remain asymptomatic.

KSD COVID-19 Dashboard
In an effort to keep the KSD community informed a KSD COVID-19 Dashboard has been developed to display levels of exposure notification in alignment with Marin County Public Health Exposure protocols. The KSD COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated regularly by staff and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) component will be added shortly.

Marin Risk Reduction Order Highlights
Gathering is permitted with the following parameters:

  • Gatherings shall be held outside with no more than three (3) households, including the host
  • Don't attend gatherings if you feel sick or you are in a High-Risk group
  • Practice physical distancing and hand hygiene at gatherings
  • Wear a face covering to keep COVID-19 from spreading
  • Gatherings should be two hours or less.

Traveling is permitted, although persons returning to California from other states or countries, should self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival, except as necessary to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response. Travel is recommended in private vehicles with immediate household members and avoiding carpooling is considered best practice.

Additional information related to Marin's Reopening status can be found here.

Important Documents and Resources

  • Guidance Related to Cohorts offers information necessary for in-person child supervision and limited instruction, targeted support services, and facilitation of distance learning in small group environments for a specified subset of children and youth.
  • KSD Parent Handbook English - Spanish (approved and designed by Marin County Public Health) states children should not participate in more than three (3) cohorts.
    • What is a cohort? A cohort is a group of children who stay together to minimize COVID-19 exposure by limiting cross-over. Examples include an elementary school class, aftercare, a youth sports club, a recreational class. Your household and transportation group (e.g., bus) are not considered cohorts.

District Information

Announcement, November 6, 2020: KSD and KTA negotiators met today and mutually confirmed the school district is prepared to begin Hybrid Instruction on November 12th. School Principals provided additional information about this transition on Saturday, November 7th.

KSD Community Conversation with Local Physicians & Administrators, October 15, 2020

  • A Perspective of In-Person Instruction in a COVID-19 Environment
Hybrid Program Design Plan

Bacich Information

Kent Information

Marin County Information

Marin County Public Health

Marin County Office of Education

State Information

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy offers a simplified four-tiered color coded system to monitor status of COVID-19 across the state. This system tracks the number of new cases per 100,000 people and positive test rates. The tiers are set up as follows:

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy Tiers

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.

Resources for Families

  • Learning Activities - Kentfield's collection of sites with activities students can do at home.

Social Emotional Support

The Bacich and Kent counselors have created documents to support the emotional needs of students and families during the closure:

In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat, and email.

  • The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8 a.m.-8: p.m.
  • Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.

Parent Education Series Webinars

Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Series and the Marin County Office of Education offered a webinar series focusing on mental health and wellness in the home.

Health and Wellness Webinar Recordings

  • Effective Strategies to Support Loneliness and Isolation Due to Lack of Direct Peer Interactions
  • Strategies to Address Building an Effective Home Routine/Schedule for Individuals/Families
  • Developing Coping Skills to Help Adapt to Change

Drive-Thru Food Distribution at Northgate Mall

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.