*This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
The Mill Valley School District continues to prepare for the upcoming school year by implementing safety practices, acquiring essential protective equipment (EPE), working with the Transition Task Force throughout the summer, and collaborating with our County education and public health leaders. We will continue to share plans and options with families at our upcoming meeting. We will have our LeCAP meeting on Wednesday, August. 5, our Task Force meeting on Thursday, August 6, and our board meeting on August 13. Additionally, we will continue to provide weekly newsletter updates.
Our Marin County Public Health Department recommended a delay to the start of in-person classroom instruction and on Friday, July 17th, Governor Newsom provided new guidance, which included criteria for reopening. The criteria states that any county that does not meet the state's COVID-19 benchmarks are placed on the County Monitoring List. Schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days.
We recently provided some information regarding plans for the 2020-21 school year at the July 30, 2020, Transition Task Force Meeting as well as in a follow-up newsletter to our community.
Rigorous distance learning includes:
- Access to devices and connectivity for all children
- Daily live interaction with teachers and other students
- Challenging assignments equivalent to in-person classes
- Adapted lessons for English language learners and special education students
- Mirroring the school day in alignment with the State
- Required daily instructional minutes
- Focus on essential academic standards through an inquiry and integrated based approach
- Embedding social-emotional strategies for the wellbeing of students
We are working with our bargaining units to determine the parameters of what this will look like. We heard from many families that they wanted a clear schedule for the week so they could plan to support their child, including more “live instruction” than last spring and continuity between teachers in a grade level. We are hearing from teachers about the need to have some common expectations for students and teachers around attendance, turning in assignments, and flexibility to support various student needs.
Instructional Minutes for Students
Depending on students’ age, we believe 3.5 to 4.5 hours (including art, music, p.e.) of supported instruction through live delivery would provide a rigorous distance learning program. We wouldn’t expect children to be online and using screens for 7 hours. However, we do believe that access to 3.5 to 4.5 hours (including art, music, p.e.) would provide students the support they need to be successful.
Distance Learning in the Mill Valley School District
If you wish to register your child for distance learning through November 20th, please fill out this form by the extended deadline, August 7th. Families will have the opportunity to register for the second and third trimesters of school later as well. More information about the Extended Distance Learning option will be presented next week.
Essential Protective Equipment (EPE) & Safety
In order to ensure schools are ready for the 2020-21 school year, MVSD has hired Patrick McLaughlin from the Marin County Office of Education "Rethinking Schools" team to collaborate with our school sites. Additionally, we have an Interim Director of Maintenance, Operations, & Safety, Judge Taylor, with us all summer. We are actively preparing for the upcoming school year by completing safety walkthroughs of all of our sites with staff, ordering and installing EPE, and more. Here is a video about the Site Walkthroughs that occurred in July, including some steps taken to safely prepare our campuses for staff and students, EPE that has been acquired, questions shared by staff, and more.
The following EPE will be provided for all staff:
- Disposable face masks for staff and students
- Cloth face masks for staff and students
- Face shields for staff members
- Humanity shields
- Touchless thermometers
- Outdoor hand washing stations at each site
- Hand sanitizer dispenser in each classroom
- Plexiglass shields in school offices and one-to-one education spaces
- High-quality air filters being installed
- Food grade sanitizing spray for all sites
Additionally, regular cleaning procedures will be in place. The district has required signage posted for required face masks, hand washing, and physical distancing. We have advised staff not to congregate and placed visual markers for 6' distancing.
Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LeCAP) Meeting
August 5, 3:30-4:30 pm
Transition Task Force Meeting (open to the public)
August 6, 2020 - 9-10 am