|COVID Update from Marin Public Health
The following was shared from Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis. SRCS continues to partner with and follow guidance from Public Health regarding health and safety protocols and measures in our District.
The California Department of Public Health recently updated COVID-19 isolation and testing guidance. This is an important milestone in the post-pandemic phase as we move away from a defined period of isolation to a symptom-based approach.
Recommendations if you test positive for COVID-19:
Recommendation for close contacts of cases:
Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms until you are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication and symptoms are improving. Individuals are no longer expected to remain in isolation for a minimum of five days.
Mask when around other people indoors for the 10 days after you become sick or test positive.
Avoid contact with people at higher-risk for severe COVID-19 for 10 days.
Discuss treatment with your healthcare provider. For those at high risk for severe disease, prompt treatment significantly reduces risk of hospitalization. COVID-19 antiviral medicines work best if taken as soon as possible, and within 5-7 days from when symptoms start.
Childcare facilities and schools continue to follow CDPH Schools Guidance for infection prevention and control that mitigate the spread of communicable disease and support safe, in-person learning.
- If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, test and use a mask when around other people indoors
- If you are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection and would benefit from treatment, you should test 3-5 days after exposure even if you do not have symptoms.
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|Welcome to our New Trustee, Mark Koerner
We are pleased to announce that Mark Koerner was appointed to the SRCS Board of Education on Jan. 29. Trustee Koerner fills the open seat for Trustee Area 1 vacated by former Trustee Gina Daly for the remainder of the term, though 2024.
Mark is a passionate advocate for the arts, trades and financial literacy in education. He currently has an eighth grader at Miller Creek Middle School and a tenth grader at Terra Linda High School. Mark serves on the Miller Creek Budget and LCAP Advisory Committee, the Miller Creek School Site Council and the UCLA Venture Fund Investment Committee. He brings over 20 years of experience in technology, operations and product management, spanning projects in ed-tech, healthcare and entertainment.
He is committed to perpetuating education in the arts, communication and business to set the foundation for students to find careers marked by innovation, creativity and joy. He believes that education has the power to build healthy and happy communities and bring all people together. Learn more.
|The San Rafael Early Childhood Education Center at Short School
SRCS is pleased to share the opening of the San Rafael Early Childhood Education Center at Short School for the 2024-25 school year! We are proud to partner on this endeavor with our longstanding partner Community Action Marin (CAM) as we work together to serve children who are primarily 3-4 years old. Designed specifically for these young learners, the campus will provide many unique opportunities and benefits.
It will be home to several programs, including:
- The new longterm location for the Laurel Dell Transitional Kindergarten program.
- The new longterm location for the District's Early Intervention Preschool Program, which is being relocated from the Old Gallinas campus.
- A temporary location for two Venetia Valley Transitional Kindergarten classes who are relocating for the 2024-25 school year due to construction at the Venetia Valley campus.
- The new longterm location for four preschool classes with our longtime partner Community Action Marin.
|Reminder: District Budget Reductions
We are proud of the great work happening throughout our District, and we are committed to continuing to focus on our educational priorities. However, it is important that we share that the budget outlook for our District is concerning, and we are faced with the reality of having to significantly reduce our spending for next school year.
Statewide, school districts are impacted by budget challenges. There are three main factors that are impacting us and many others: State funding with a low cost-of-living adjustment; high student absenteeism rates; and COVID relief dollars ending. Click here for an informational video, background on our funding and an overview of the process.
As we prepare to make difficult choices to manage the many competing demands on our resources, we need your engagement and feedback.
Complete Our Brief Survey by Feb. 16
Additional Input Opportunities
Spanish interpretation will be provided. All meeting information, including Zoom links when available, can be found at srcs.org. Learn more
- DELAC (District English Learner Advisory Committee): Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 - 7 pm, Zoom
- Board of Education Meeting, Public Hearing on Budget Reductions: Monday, Feb. 12, 6 pm, District Office and Zoom
- Board of Education Meeting, Action on Budget Reductions: Monday, Feb. 26, 6 pm, District Office and Zoom
|TK & Kindergarten Information Sessions
Are you, or do you know a family, who is interested in learning more about Transitional Kindergarten (TK) or Kindergarten at SRCS? The District is hosting Informational Sessions for parents who are considering Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten for their child for the 2024-25 school year.
District and school leaders, along with teachers, will share information and answer questions about TK and Kindergarten programs, what the typical school day entails, our Dual Language Program, aftercare opportunities, how to enroll and more.
Open to All Interested Families
|At Sun Valley Elementary School
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6 - 7 pm
Presented in English with Spanish interpretation
|At Bahia Vista Elementary School
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6 - 7 pm
Presented in Spanish with English interpretation
|SRCS Students Recognized at Heart of Marin Awards
Earlier this month, the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership held their 31st annual Heart of Marin awards ceremony. The ceremony was attended by over 500 Marin leaders, including elected officials, businesses, employers and nonprofits.
In the category of "Youth Volunteer of the Year," we are proud that Terra Linda High School student Candice Lucas and San Rafael High School student Marcos Vega were nominated, and Marcos (pictured) went on to be recognized as an award recipient for his work with Youth Transforming Justice!
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