Back to School Plans

September 2, 2020

All schools have developed and implemented plans with small learning cohorts and schedules that will allow them to move forward and backward along the Distance Learning ← → Hybrid ← → In-Person learning continuum as our county’s COVID-19 context evolves.

All districts in Marin have worked hard over the summer to develop and implement back-to-school plans that will allow them to move forward and backward along the Distance Learning ← → Hybrid ← → In-Person learning continuum as the county moves forward (or backward) along the COVID-19 parameters outlined by the State’s new Watch List Tiered Framework.

As part of these scaleable back-to-school plans, students are participating in Distance Learning block schedules and small A/B or am/pm cohorts that can be easily transitioned into safe, small, in-person Hybrid model cohorts and eventually into a full in-person learning context. Please visit each district’s website for more detailed District by District information. We will be sending out a more comprehensive summary later this month.

Here Is a good summary of the new CA Distance Learning Standards that were included in the 2020-21 State budget

Here is a good excerpt (with resource links) from the California Department of Public Health website explaining the state’s reopen for in-person instruction context:

“Schools may reopen for in-person instruction based on equivalent criteria to the July 17th School Re-opening Framework previously announced. That framework remains in effect except that Tier 1 is substituted for the previous County Data Monitoring List (which has equivalent criteria to Tier 1). Schools in counties within Tier 1 are not permitted to reopen for in-person instruction, with an exception for waivers granted by local health departments for TK-6 grades. Schools that are not authorized to reopen, including TK-6 schools that have not received a waiver, may provide structured, in-person supervision and services to students under the Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth.

Schools are eligible for reopening fully for in-person instruction following California School Sector Specific Guidelines once the county is off Tier 1 for 14 days, which is similar to being off the County Data Monitoring List for at least 14 days.

Potential re-closure should follow the July 17th School Re-opening Framework.”

And, per the Partnership’s commitment to equity and antiracist action to dismantle systemic inequities, we will also be watching for the State’s forthcoming COVID-19 health equity measures that will become part of their assessment in advancing counties to the next Tier of activity and reopening in-person instruction.

The state will establish health equity measures on activities such as data collection, testing access, contact tracing, supportive isolation, and outreach that demonstrate a county’s ability to address the most impacted communities within a county. Additional measures addressing health outcomes such as case rates, hospitalizations and deaths, will also be developed and tracked for improvement.” – CDPH