• Orange Tier & Updated Public Health Guidance

     

    As of March 23, 2021, Marin is officially in the Orange Tier. You may have heard that Marin Health & Human Services updated their 30-Point Guidance for schools and discussed the changes in a public webinar this morning. We will share the webinar recording once it is available. Below are the guidelines that were updated.

     

    • #6 “Health screening for students and staff are conducted as advised and updated by Public Health. Parents, caregivers, or guardians should be strongly encouraged to monitor students for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening, and staff should conduct daily health screening self-assessment.”
    • #8 “Schools and districts will cooperate with Public Health to support testing strategies to mitigate transmission of COVID-19, including testing of staff who have regular daily contact with students before site-based classroom instruction is resumed, and then no less than once every month, unless fully vaccinated. This may include testing of students with appropriate parental permissions obtained in advance. If a fully vaccinated staff member develops COVID-like symptoms or has close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, testing is recommended.”
    • #9 “Protocols, actions and template communications are in place for the following COVID-19 related scenarios (link: Marin County Public Health Protocols & Communication Templates for Each Scenario By Tier) a. A student or staff member either exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has a temperature of 100.4 or above. b. A family member or someone in close contact with a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. c. A student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated school staff or students with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine following an exposure. d. A student or staff member tests negative for COVID-19 after symptoms or confirmed close contact.”
    • #10 “Physical distancing of six feet is maintained between adults and between adults and students, where practicable; three feet distance is permissible between students within a classroom or instructional area where requirements herein are in practice. Seating charts and attendance records will be maintained.”
    • #11 “For elementary schools, stable classroom groups (up to standard class size at each respective grade level) are maintained throughout each school day. Limited mixing of students is permissible as long as accurate attendance data is maintained on a daily basis.”
    • #20 “Use of shared playground equipment will be limited in favor of physical activities that require less contact with surfaces. If used, outdoor playgrounds/natural play areas only need routine maintenance.”
    • #25 “Training will be provided for staff and students on proper use of face coverings which will include instruction to minimize touching of face coverings, and how to ensure a proper fit.”
    • #28 “Use of physical barriers (eg. privacy boards or clear screens) may be considered but should not replace other measures herein.”
    • #29 “Non-essential visitors, including parent volunteers will be limited. Essential workers will be required to adhere to all health and safety guidelines. Any substitutes, contractors, visitors or volunteers working directly with students should be fully vaccinated.”
    • #30 “A School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSSPP) outlining the above measures is completed, posted and updated on school or district websites as a component of their COVID Safety Plan (CSP) and shared with all staff and families. Schools should update SSSPPs as state and local Public Health guidance changes.”