March 12, 2020
The safety of our students has always come first in the decisions that we make and guidance we give at Bacich. To that end, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has brought a new level of awareness to the health and safety of our schools.
The Kentfield School District is in regular contact with both the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services and theMarin County Office of Education, as information and recommendations are shared. We are following their protocols and suggestions, to inform all decision making surrounding prevention and next steps.
In the event of a two-week school closure, Bacich TK-Grade 3 teachers have created an Individual Learning Packet for each child. These packets will go home with our students on Friday, March 13th, so they may have materials at the ready, in case of a school shut-down.
Grade 4 teachers have created an online learning path, which will be accessible for their students through the student’s Google Classroom account. If and when the school closes, students will know in advance how to access their assignments. We recognize that many of our fourth grade families do not have technology devices and/or internet accessibility, and we have reached out to understand their needs and support them in having the access to continued learning from home.
The following is additional information for you to be aware of should we have a school closure:
- Teachers and staff will be available for email communication at 10 a.m. each day.
- Teachers and staff will be available for email communication again at 2 p.m. each day.
- The school district will communicate any update to families at 6 p.m. each day the plan for the next school day, if there is information to share, as well as information to plan for the next school day.
We have cancelled all field trips and large school gatherings for the next few weeks. This includes our March 18th Walk and Roll Wednesday. Students are still invited to participate in biking or walking to school, but Safe Routes to School will not set up coffee, snacks or prizes in the school quad. We will keep our school families apprised of any future event cancellations, as these decisions are made.
We are aware that a school closure may or may not occur and that this will greatly impact many of our families. However, we know that being proactive and ready is important and necessary. This plan will allow our 636 students to continue their learning, in the event that Bacich does close its doors temporarily.
Thank you for your support and stay healthy,