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Dear Incoming TK and Kindergarten families,

Welcome to San Rafael City Schools! Whether you are a first-time parent in RCS or already have children in our schools, there is nothing more exciting than a four or five-year old's first day of elementary school. We are looking forward to an incredible year of learning, growth and joy for your child!

All SRCS schools will begin the new school year on Aug. 20 with remote learning. In order to best support all of our students, we need to know some important information about your technology needs so that our youngest students are prepared to join their online classroom from home.

 

Please complete this short survey:

 

English: https://forms.gle/zxoN7faiV69HRgUr7

 

Spanish: https://forms.gle/NMoiNsgbNDCuqS9E7

 

Posted 8/4/20

Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals will get extra food benefits - known as Pandemic EBT - of up to $365 for each eligible child. Most families with children who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Families will get their P-EBT card in the mail around May 12 - 22. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Posted 5/14/20

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April 17, 2020

 

Dear San Rafael City Schools’ Community:

 

Today marks Day 20 of schools being closed in Marin due to COVID 19, not including the spring break, which is a full month of school time. Thank you all for hanging in there and helping to support our students during this extremely difficult time. As things get more desperate for some of our families who are out of work and facing health issues, know you are in our thoughts. It will be a long time until we get back to some kind of normalcy again, and in the meantime please take care of yourself and your family.  


Here are updates for the week of April 13-17.

 

Strong union partnerships: One huge factor that has allowed us to respond quickly and efficiently to the Coronavirus has been the amazing collaboration with our unions: SRFT (San Rafael Federation of Teachers, our high school district teachers’ union), SRTA (San Rafael Teachers Association, our elementary districts teachers’ union), and CSEA (California School Employees Association, our classified workers' union). In a time when many school districts have not yet begun remote learning due to lack of an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with their union, we have encountered nothing but cooperation, collaboration, and teamwork with our teachers' unions. We communicate regularly, and their input and counsel has been invaluable over the past month. Likewise, we were able to develop an MOU with CSEA within days of the crisis occurring, which allowed us to determine the conditions under which our classified staff would work on site. Many thanks to our union partners!

 

Grading: We are in the process of gathering input from teachers, students, counselors, parents and administrators so that I can make a recommendation concerning grading for our high school students. We are also researching what the colleges and universities are doing, as well as tracking what California school districts have decided. In an effort to understand all perspectives regarding fourth quarter grading for our high school students, we will be holding a second Town Hall to gather more input and to answer questions. Please join us for one of the below options:

  • Town Hall (Spanish): Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00PM - Led by Deputy Superintendent Dr. Perez
  • Town Hall (English): Thursday, April 23 at 5:00PM - Led by Superintendent Hogeboom

*Link to both: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SanRafaelCitySchools/live (Please note, you do not need to have Facebook in order to see the Town Hall. Just click on the link above and you’ll be able to watch!)

Based on the discussion at the Town Hall and our research where equity is at the forefront; I will be making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees on Monday, April 27 at 6:00 PM. Please plan to join us virtually. The agenda will be posted later next week on the District's Agenda Online Homepage.

 

Mental Health & Wellness: With the COVID-19 breakout, times are stressful and there is cause for fear and anxiety for many of us. These feelings during an infectious disease outbreak are normal and common. However, there are things we can do to support ourselves, our family and our friends. It is important to manage screen time for all of us during this time also. The table below provides some excellent suggestions for mind, body and spirit activities as well (source: Illinois State Board of Education). We also update our website with other mental health & wellness resources.

 

Summary for Additional Activities
Mind Body Spirit Environment Family
 

-Reading, e.g., independent reading, listening to someone else read, audiobooks

-Puzzles, Word Searches

-Write a story or in a journal

-Count money

-Draw a map of your neighborhood

-Building with blocks or Legos

-Listen to a podcast

-Watch a documentary

-Take a walk

-Dance

-Exercise

-Fine/gross motor activities

-Stretch or do yoga

-Play a sport

 

-Listen to music or sing 

-Playing (inside or outside)

-Creative arts

-Coloring or drawing

-Imaginative play

-Meditate

-Do something you’ve been avoiding

 

-Clean up your room

-Do age appropriate chores

-Gardening

-Fix something broken

-Take care of pets or plants

-Cook or bake

 

-Write a letter to someone

-Play board games with a family member

-Tell jokes or riddles

-Build a fort and tell stories in it

-Offer to help someone

 

Remote Learning: During the week of April 27, you will see a survey requesting your feedback on Remote Learning. This survey will be sent to all families and educators, and to our students in middle and high school. We will follow this up with a third Town Hall in a similar format to above: Town Hall in Spanish on May 6th and Town Hall in English on May 7th, both commencing at 5:00PM. 

Dine11 Canal: We have been in discussion with a newly formed organization that is providing relief to both Canal area restaurants and residents during the economic slowdown from COVID-19. Dine11 Canal has identified several restaurants in the Canal area from which to purchase meals with solicited donations through their fiscal agent, Be the Influence, a 501(c)(3) corporation where donations are tax-deductible. Coupons for free meals at any of these participating restaurants will be distributed to families in need at Bahia Vista Elementary School and through the Canal Alliance during their regular distribution hours for food assistance. It's a win-win for Canal restaurants and families! For more information and to donate, please go to Dine11Canal.


Sincerely,

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent
San Rafael City Schools

Posted 4/18/20

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April 7, 2020

Dear San Rafael City Schools’ Community:

The purpose of this message is to update you on the COVID-19 situation with my thoughts on its impact on how we operate to serve our students. With the health and safety of all students and staff in mind, and through consultation with our public health officials from across the region, San Rafael City Schools joins other school districts from around the Bay Area to announce that school closure has been extended for in-person instruction through the end of this school year. All SRCS school campuses are closed and we will continue to provide virtual instruction through remote learning for that duration of time. Please see the joint press release between the Marin County Office of Education, Department of Health and Human Services and the County of Marin here.

While I know this is the prudent, responsible decision, I also know the implications are something our students could never have anticipated. Spring is a time within the District that brings memorable experiences and meaningful connections within our school communities from open houses, field trips, class picnics to graduations, school dances and sporting events. Our school community is missing out on countless in-person celebrations and well-deserved recognition of achievements. This is a challenge for all of us and unfortunately, the world is living under similar circumstances under this intense crisis. 

Remote learning is not regular school nor is it a teacher's best practice. Most of our parents are not teachers. The intentionality of school and the experience of learning in the classroom cannot be swapped out for a Chromebook and on-line lessons. While school is about academics, it is also a place for meaningful connection, social-emotional learning, and learning from and collaborating with peers. Parents everywhere share similar worries and concerns. What I have heard most clearly regarding remote learning from parents across the board is the need for their students to have regular opportunities to connect in real-time with their teachers. We will continue to support our teachers with professional development and training on all of the tools at our disposal, including Google Hangout Meet and Zoom, to ensure we have safeguards in place so that safety is not compromised. Teachers are getting more comfortable and skilled in preparing online lessons every day, and the quality of the learning will continue to improve.

I am heartbroken for the class of 2020. Our inspiring graduating seniors have earned their proms, graduations, and all the celebrations that typically come for every senior class. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but they should get to experience “senioritis!” It hurts to see them not have the senior year memories they so deeply deserve. We will do everything possible to support them during their transition and will come up with a creative and special way to commemorate their accomplishments. One suggestion we will act on is to form a high school graduation task force to look at all the different options available to us, including virtual options.  Our high school PTA leaders have agreed to chair this Task Force, and we will also set up a Website to share more ideas and information. More information to come on this soon.

Currently, the biggest challenge we are facing is how to grade students, especially at the secondary level. There are many factors for us to consider as we want to make sure we are meeting the needs of all students, and also appreciate that remote learning is a completely new way of teaching and learning for our staff. Grading will be very challenging. We have lots of guidance from the California Department of Education, from the UC/CSU system and other colleges and universities. We are gathering input from a broad spectrum of educators, parents, and students, and we will begin to address the question of grading at our next Board of Trustees meeting on April 13 at 6:00 PM.  Please join us virtually to participate in the discussion. The agenda for the April 13 meeting will be posted later this week on the District's Agenda Online Homepage.

Many of you have asked the question, “How can we help?” First of all, I am so thankful for that question. There have been so many wonderful foundations, non-profit organizations, individuals and corporations who have generously given their time, resources and financial contributions on behalf of our community. We are forever grateful for their service. While we are not asking for donations, but since many of you have asked, if you are able and willing to financially contribute, please consider the following organizations who are directly supporting our community:

  • Our bi-weekly food pantries would not happen without the support of the remarkable San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. Their support has enabled SRCS to feed over 700 families per week. They continue to set up additional pop-up pantries around San Rafael and Marin supporting vulnerable seniors and our families. Donate here to the SF-Marin Food Bank.
  • Canal Alliance has set up a client support fund, giving $350 grants to every family on their caseload. They've distributed over 200 grants so far, but have over 500 families yet to receive one. Your donation will help hardworking immigrants put food on the table, pay rent and utilities, and cover for other urgent expenses. Donate here to the Client Support Fund.

I have never been so proud of how our community is coming together and how we are supporting and caring for one another.

 

Thank you for staying home. Thank you for following proper physical distancing protocols. The joyful voices of our students on the playground are sorely missed. Yet through all of the new life changes we are experiencing, we are exhibiting love and care for each other, our elders, and our community. 

We Are One. We will forever be one. Todos Somos Uno.

We miss your students dearly. 

 

Sincerely,


Jim Hogeboom, SRCS Superintendent

Joint Press Release 04/07/20

Posted 4/7/20

SRCS Schools are closed through the rest of this school year.

Visit the following for information and resources:

Posted 4/2/20

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March 30, 2020

 

Dear SRCS Community:

The purpose of the communication is to update you on our distance learning plans for the coming weeks as well as to provide some other updates on key activities happening in the district. The COVID-19 situation changes daily as we respond to changing circumstances.  We are working to be proactive and methodical in implementing online learning. 

 

If you have questions during this time, it is best to first contact your teacher, then your principal, and then me. My email is jhogeboom@srcs.org, and I will try to get back to you within 24 hours.

 

Celebrations

In the last two weeks, we have been working to provide our community with a number of resources to meet the educational needs of our students. You will read about these in more detail below along with next steps: 

  • Online Classrooms: Every teacher has an online classroom up and running for remote learning opportunities (Grades TK-8 in Google Classroom, Grades 9-12 in Canvas).

  • TK-5 Packets for Learning: Every TK-5 student has received 1 two-week learning packet (on 3/13) and a second two-week learning packet is accessible online and being distributed at Pickleweed Community Center Tuesday,  March 31 from 10am-2:30pm.

  • Chromebook Deployment: By Tuesday, March 31 we will have distributed Chromebooks to middle and high school students who need devices to support online learning. We will distribute Chromebooks  to elementary students on Thursday, April 2nd and Friday, April 3rd (See schedule below). 

Communication

Every morning at 11:00, I join other Marin County Superintendents, County Superintendent, Mary Jane Burke, and Marin Department of Health and Human Services staff to receive the latest news and information as well as to share ideas and address challenges. I also meet virtually with SRCS’ district leaders every day, and with our school principals at least twice a week to ensure we are moving forward as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31st, we will send out a survey to students, parents and teachers to obtain feedback on how we are managing this crisis: what we are doing well, what challenges do you have, and what suggestions and questions do you have?

 

On Thursday, April 2nd, from 5:00 - 6:00pm, I invite you to join me at a Facebook Live School House meeting. I’ll give a short update and will answer your questions and take comments. We will be sending weekly communications to parents every Friday, and more frequently if important new information arises.  

 

Teachers Stepping Up

There is a learning curve for our teachers to become adept and proficient at distance and online learning. There are excellent on-line resources, quality technical coaching from other teachers and coaches, and new group staff development - all ways our teachers are getting ready. 

 

Many of our teachers have their own young children at home and are balancing the need to supervise their kids with creating lessons and connecting with their students. Fortunately, we do not know of any teachers that have tested positive for the COVID-19 so far. 

 

We are negotiating Memorandums of Understanding (MOU’s) with our Elementary and Secondary teachers’ unions to guide expectations during this time to balance consistency with flexibility and ensure quality learning takes place for all of our students. School employees are identified as Disaster Service Workers and can be called in by the Office of Emergency Services if necessary.

 

Distance Learning Plans/Spring Break

Below are the learning plans for each level (elementary, middle and high school) for the next two school weeks from March 30 through April 17, with spring break in between. This is the beginning of week 3 of school closures, and there are about 10 weeks of instruction remaining in the school year. While we have been directed to be closed through May 1, we are prepared for the possibility that school closures could continue into June and possibly through the remainder of the school year. 

 

The week of April 6-10 is spring break. This time has been negotiated with unions throughout the county and cannot be changed. Teachers and staff will be off during this time except for some district administrators, essential food service employees and maintenance personnel.

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTANCE LEARNING PLANS

This week: March 30 - April 3

All teachers have set up their classrooms on Google Classroom and teachers are available to communicate with students every day to answer questions and provide additional support for students as they work on weekly and daily learning assignments. Teachers will post their schedules on Google Classroom. Most teachers are also connecting to their students via Google Classroom with their entire class on-line.  

  • SRCS has new TK-5 packets (for the period of March 30 to April 17) available online here

  • Hardcopy TK-5 packets are also available for pick-up on TUESDAY March 31 at Pickleweed Community Center: 50 Canal St, San Rafael. Timing is by grade-level. If you have more than one child in different grade levels, please choose a time that is best for you:

    • 10:00AM to 11:30AM: Grades TK-1st 

    • 11:30AM to 1:00PM: Grades 2nd and 3rd

    • 1:00PM to 2:30PM: Grades 4th & 5th

  • We will distribute Chromebooks to elementary students who do not have access to a computer at home on Thursday, April 2nd and Friday, April 3rd. Your principal will communicate with you on specific timing and location for your school.  

Spring Break: April 6-10

No required school work! Find enrichment activities available on our Remote Learning website

 

April 13 - 17

Teachers will post new assignments to their Google Classroom and have office hours on a daily basis during which they will have Google Hangout Meets, answer emails, and more. Your teacher/s will determine and communicate their schedule to you and your student. 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL DISTANCE LEARNING PLANS

Chromebooks were distributed at Davidson Middle School on Monday and will be distributed at Venetia Valley K-8 School on Tuesday, with Bahia Vista serving as a back-up distribution point. 

 

As of Wednesday, April 1, we expect the vast majority of students to have devices and access to the internet. Therefore, on April 1st, work assignments will be required and not optional. If students have not made contact yet with each of their teachers, they should do so immediately. Teachers will be connecting with students through office hours and also on-line through Google Classroom and Canvas, Google Meet or live feedback on assignments through comments. All teachers have set up their classrooms on Google Classroom (GC) and have assigned work and on-line resources for students. The following schedules have been developed for Davidson and Venetia Valley so that in the afternoon if teachers choose to meet on-line with their classes we won’t have scheduling conflicts. Please note that not all teachers will meet with students during all of these periods, and may do so in different formats. Beginning April 13, my expectation is that teachers will meet with students at least once a week during these time slots. To find out when teachers will be meeting, please go to your teachers’ Google Classroom home page.

 

Davidson Middle School Distance Learning Schedule 

 

Asynchronous Learning &

Support

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Office Hours & Support 

9:00-12:00 

Office Hours & Support

9:00-12:00 

 

 Office Hours, Prep Time &

PLC/Department Collaboration 

9:00-2:00

Office Hours & Support

9:00-12:00 

Office Hours & Support

9:00-12:00 

 

Optional

Synchronous Learning

Opportunities 

1° 1:00-1:30

6th A

4° 1:00-1:30

1° 1:00-1:30

6th B

4° 1:00-1:30

2° 1:40-2:10

5° 1:40-2:10

2° 1:40-2:10

5° 1:40-2:10

3° 2:20-2:50

6° 2:20-2:50

6th A

Staff Meeting 2:00-3:00

3° 2:20-2:50

6° 2:20-2:50

6th B


 

 

Venetia Valley Middle School Distance Learning Schedule 

 

Asynchronous Learning

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Teacher Office Hours 

9:00-12:00 

Teacher Office Hours 

9:00-12:00 

Teacher Office Hours 

9:00-12:00 

Teacher Office Hours 

9:00-12:00 

Teacher Office Hours 

9:00-12:00 

 

Optional Synchronous Learning 

Opportunities

1° 1:00-1:30

4° 1:00-1:30

 

Prep Time &

Department Collaboration 

1° 1:00-1:30

4° 1:00-1:30

2° 1:40-2:10

5° 1:40-2:10

2° 1:40-2:10

5° 1:40-2:10

3° 2:20-2:50

6° 2:20-2:50

Staff Meeting 2:00-3:00

3° 2:20-2:50

6° 2:20-2:50

 

HIGH SCHOOL DISTANCE LEARNING PLANS

All teachers have set up their classes on Canvas, and students who are able should have accessed and logged into Canvas to connect with their teachers and begun to work on assignments. Up until March 27, assignments have been optional and for enrichment purposes. Now that the vast majority of students have devices and internet access, starting today, March 30, weekly assignments will be posted by every teacher and will be assessed by the teacher. Students are expected to complete all assignments. If students have not made contact yet with each of their teachers, they should do so immediately.  Teachers will be connecting with students through office hours and also on-line through Google Classroom and Canvas, Google Meet or live feedback on assignments through comments. Your teacher will post his/her lesson instructions, schedule, and how to reach them on their Canvas homepage.  

 

The following schedules have been developed for San Rafael High, Terra Linda High and Madrone so that in the afternoon if teachers choose to meet on-line with their classes we won’t have scheduling conflicts.  Please note that not all teachers will meet with students during all of these periods, and may do so in different formats.  Beginning April 13, my expectation is that teachers will meet with students at least once a week during these time slots. To find out when teachers will be meeting, please go to your teachers’ Canvas  home page.

 

 

High School Distance Learning Schedule (SR, TL, Madrone)

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Asynchronous learning 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Teacher Office Hours: 

Department collaboration, grading, parent and student emails, phone calls, etc.

Optional Synchronous Learning Times

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

12:05 - 12:45 PM

1

0 / 8

Planning

1

0 / 8

12:50 -  1:30 PM

3

2

Planning

3

2

1:35 -  2:15 PM

5

4

Staff Meeting  2:00 PM

5

4

2:20 - 3:00 PM

7

6

Planning

7

6

 

Again, for safety reasons we request that you do not allow your student to congregate on school campuses unless they are there for a specific reason (e.g., to pick-up a meal or a chromebook). In other communications, we have stressed the importance of abiding by physical distancing protocols. Remember to wash hands frequently, stay at home, keep six feet apart from others when out in public, and let your doctor know if you have a cough and/or fever. Together we can keep people healthy, and help our healthcare workers manage the spread of the coronavirus. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are doing everything we can for your student!

 

We look forward to seeing you on our Facebook Live Town Hall this Thursday, April 2nd from 5:00PM - 6:00PM. Click here. (Link: https://www.facebook.com/SanRafaelCitySchools/live/)

 

#SRCSWeAreOne! #SRCSTodosSomosUno!

 

Sincerely,
 

Jim Hogeboom, SRCS Superintendent

Posted 3/30/20

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Dear SRCS Community:

Today’s updates follow:

SCHOOL CLOSURE

  • In collaboration with seven Bay Area county health officials and county superintendents, Marin County has made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are our highest priority. 

HIGH SCHOOL CHROMEBOOK DEPLOYMENT

  • This Thursday, March 26, TERRA LINDA HIGH SCHOOL students without access to a computer at home can come to Terra Linda or Bahia Vista to check-out a Chromebook. Please arrive at the time specified on the SRCS Chromebook Deployment Flyer.
  • This Friday, March 27th, SAN RAFAEL HIGH SCHOOL students without access to a computer at home can come to San Rafael High School or Bahia Vista to check-out a Chromebook. Please arrive at the time specified on the SRCS Chromebook Deployment Flyer.
  • Please refer to the SRCS Chromebook Deployment Flyer for the time your student should arrive based on his/her last name and the requirements to check out a Chromebook. If possible, please fill out this permission slip which will be required from all students checking out a Chromebook. We will also have hard copies available on site. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHROMEBOOK DEPLOYMENT

  • This Monday, March 30th, DAVIDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS who do not have access to a computer at home can come to Davidson or Bahia Vista to check-out a Chromebook. 
  • This Tuesday, March 31st, VENETIA VALLEY STUDENTS who do not have access to a computer at home can come to Venetia Valley or Bahia Vista to check-out a Chromebook. 
  • Please refer to the SRCS Chromebook Deployment Flyer for the time your student should arrive based on his/her last name and the requirements to check out a Chromebook. If possible, please fill out this permission slip which will be required from all students checking out a Chromebook. We will also have hard copies available on site. 

ELEMENTARY 

  • SRCS will be releasing new TK-5 packets (for the period of 3/30-4/17) at the beginning of next week. Stay tuned for how we will distribute the packets this coming Friday.

REMOTE LEARNING

  • Students should check their Google Classroom and/or Canvas Classroom and srcs.org email daily for instruction from their teacher/s.
  • Just a reminder to check-out our SRCS Remote Learning website that continues to be updated with new resources.

DONATION DRIVE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

  • Our SF and Marin County hospitals need masks, gloves, goggles, and face shields. If you have any (unused) supplies from your emergency and wildfire kits or from business stockpiles, please consider donating them! The collection of items is this Friday and Saturday from 10am-3pm at Bon Air, Greenbrae. Thank you!

SPRING BREAK (April 6-April 10) 

  • Please note that SRCS Spring Break is scheduled from 4/6-4/10.  During this time, no new assignments will be posted on Google Classroom or Canvas.  We would encourage you to take this week to reduce screen time for students as we know Remote Learning has led to a steep increase. Use this time to be in nature (while practicing physical distancing), write a letter to a friend, journal, play family games, and read, read, read.  If students choose to do so, they could also make up missed work from previous weeks on Google Classroom or Canvas.  If you are looking for additional learning resources during this Spring Break we would encourage you to view our SRCS Remote Learning website.

#SRCSWeAreOne #SRCSTodosSomosUno

Sincerely, 

Jim

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent 

Posted 3/25/20

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March 23, 2020

Dear SRCS Community:


Today’s updates:


We have unfortunate information that Marin County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis has tested positive for COVID-19, making him Marin’s 39th confirmed case. Dr. Willis recorded a video message to the community from his home on Sunday night, where he has been self-quarantined from his family since his symptoms first appeared late last week. Deputy Public Officer, Dr. Lisa Santora, will lead the operations as Dr. Willis recovers. Dr. Willis has been a visible leader of Marin’s COVID-19 response work. Our thoughts are with Dr. Willis and his family, and we are grateful for his work surrounding COVID-19. 

FOOD SERVICES

  • SRCS continues to distribute free meals (lunch and breakfast for the following day) to all SRCS students under the age of eighteen. Please bring your child’s School ID with you. Thank you! Location: Bahia Vista: 125 Bahia Way, San Rafael | Hours: 11:30AM- 12:30PM Monday through Friday. 
  • We are working with the SF/Marin Food Bank to increase the amount of days to serve food pantries to our community. Please expect to hear the dates and timing directly from your home school.
  • For a list of SF/Marin Food Bank pantries please visit SF/Marin Food Bank Food Locator (link: https://foodlocator.sfmfoodbank.org/). 

CHROMEBOOK DEPLOYMENT

  • This Thursday and Friday (March 26th and 27th), Chromebook deployment for our high school students who do not have access to a device at home will begin. On Monday and Tuesday (March 30th and 31st), we will deploy chromebooks to our middle school students.
  • If your child does not have access to a device at home review the SRCS Chromebook Deployment Flyer for location, time, permission slip and requirements to check out a device.

REMOTE LEARNING

  • Communications regarding your child’s remote learning will come directly from your school. We are constantly updating our SRCS Remote Learning Website so please visit us often for various resources!
  • For TK-5th graders: we are in the midst of printing out more packets and will be in communication on how those will be disseminated. 

In an effort for all to stay informed with reliable information, we want to offer you a few resources:

  • On March 24 from 5-6pm there is a Virtual Town Hall with Representative Jared Huffman, Marin County Public Health, and Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent of Schools at the Marin County Office of Education. You can view on Comcast Channel 30, AT&T Channel 99, online at Marin TV buff.ly/2xjzBaY, or Facebook Live buff.ly/33H6Z7E
  • SRCS is pushing out information on Twitter @SRCSSchools and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SanRafaelCitySchools/. 
  • You can also watch updates from Governor Newsom on both sites @GovPressOffice and https://www.facebook.com/GavinNewsom/.

In closing, we request for safety reasons that you do not allow your student to congregate on school campuses unless they are there for a specific reason (e.g., to pick-up a meal or a chromebook).

We hope you are staying well and healthy. 

#SRCSWeAreOne #SRCSTodosSomosUno

Sincerely, 

Jim

Jim Hogeboom, Superintendent
 

Posted 3/23/20

 

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March 20, 2020

Dear SRCS Community:

We hope you are staying safe and healthy. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a few items we are working on at SRCS. 

FOOD SERVICES

  • Today, we served 557 lunches and breakfasts. Thank you to SRCS’ Alan Downing and his team for the incredible and resourceful work they are doing! 
  • We also had our first COVID-19 Food Bank pantry at Bahia Vista. The turnout was much higher than anticipated so we wanted to make you aware that tomorrow Saturday 3/21, there is a food pantry that the Canal Welcome Center is hosting at 24 Belvedere St. San Rafael from 9:00 am ‐ 10:30 am. 
  • For a list of SF/Marin Food Bank pantries in the San Rafael community, please visit SF/Marin Food Bank Food Locator (link: https://foodlocator.sfmfoodbank.org/). 
  • We are working with the SF/Marin Food Bank to increase the amount of days to serve food pantries to our community. We will have more information early next week on the schedule. 

PLEASE NOTE: It is critical for ALL of our health that we maintain the physical distancing required by our public health officers. Thank you! 

CHROMEBOOK DEPLOYMENT

  • As you know, San Rafael City Schools is focused on equity. We are excited for the launch of Remote Learning and want to ensure all students have access to the tools they need to be successful.
  • Over the next couple of weeks, we will begin deploying Chromebooks to 6th-12th grade students who do not have access to a device at home. The schedule with permissions slips are here (we will have hard copies of the permission slip available).

SRCS STORY TIME! 

Our SRCS Story Time is a time to virtually read with one of our teachers, principals and other members of our staff! Keep an eye out for this on our Twitter, Facebook, and SRCS Remote Learning website

We miss seeing you and your child in person, and we hope you are staying healthy and rested.  


#SRCSWeAreOne #SRCSTodosSomosUno


Sincerely, 

Jim


Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent 

Posted 3/20/20

 

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March 19, 2020

Dear SRCS Community:

See Deputy Superintendent Mayra Pérez explain SRCS’ Food Service options here (Link: https://vimeo.com/398998021).



FOOD SERVICES
Reminder that SRCS is distributing free meals (lunch and breakfast for the following day) to all children under the age of 18 in the San Rafael City Schools community.
Location: Bahia Vista: 125 Bahia Way, San Rafael | Hours: 11:30AM- 12:30PM Monday through Friday
 
FOOD BANK
Every Friday going forward starting Friday March 20th, the FOOD BANK will host a pantry at Bahia Vista. All SRCS Families are WELCOME!
Please follow this schedule based on your child’s school:

  • Bahia Vista, Laurel Dell, Short, Sun Valley: 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • San Pedro, Coleman, Venetia Valley, Glenwood: 12:00PM-1:00PM

If your student is in Middle or High School, please choose a timing that works for you.
Location: Bahia Vista: 125 Bahia Way, San Rafael (Parking Lot Closest to Multi-Purpose Room)

To respect the shelter-in-place and physical/social distancing protocols, we are requiring the following:

  • Please bring your reusable bags
  • Volunteers will handle and distribute the food using gloves. 
  • We may need to limit how many people are in the parking lot at one time. 
  • We appreciate your patience during our first round of this! 

TOMORROW FRIDAY we are launching SRCS Story Time! A time to virtually read with one of our teachers, principals and other members of our staff! Keep an eye out for this on our Twitter, Facebook, and SRCS Remote Learning website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sincerely, 

Jim

 

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent 
 

Posted 3/19/20

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Dear SRCS Community: 

 

I want to share our plans to continue the education and learning for all San Rafael City School students over the coming weeks. I realize this is a lengthy communication, but we have a lot of important information to share. First of all, I want to acknowledge that many of us are feeling frustrated, anxious, apprehensive and scared about the spread of COVID-19 and the closure of schools and shelter-in-place orders. Please know that this unprecedented situation impacts every person and every family differently. Some of our families have members who are already sick, some are working, some are not, some are worried about getting food on the table and paying the rent, some of us have elderly parents in our care, or some of us are single and trying to take care of our kids. One thing we do know about COVID-19 is that the spread is going to continue to impact more and more of us. Knowing this, our first priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. 

Through it all, I ask for your patience and understanding as we try to navigate this crisis, knowing that we are all doing the best we can and that stress impacts us all in different ways. 

I am proud of how our district is handling this emergency situation. I can promise you that staff members have been working exceptionally hard to address all the different aspects of this crisis.

 

Furthermore, last Friday, we were all stunned to hear of the death of one of our Madrone students, and our hearts go out to his family and friends. This tragedy further heightened anxiety. Thankfully, our administrators, staff and students responded so competently to the situation, and we also thank the San Rafael Police Department for their help and service. Finally, we received mental health counseling support from our own counselors and from districts throughout Marin. Seeing the community come together under tragic circumstances was a wonderful demonstration of how we can support one another. 

 

Last week, as we foresaw the possibility of potential school closures and began planning for how we would meet the educational needs of our students, we also realized we had other important issues to address.  In addition to providing mental health counseling this week for students and staff, we also had to plan to distribute food to families, and on Monday we were ready to go with the availability of bag lunches that were distributed at Bahia Vista. During this crisis our food services team will continue to prepare and distribute meals to our families every school day.  In addition, we are being asked to identify emergency service workers who can help to provide child care for our health care workers’ children so that they can continue to care for the sick. This need will only continue to grow.  We have also identified the essential workers in the district and are making arrangements to ensure staff are paid, technology is in place so we can communicate, and our schools are cleaned and sanitized.  There has been a tremendous amount of communication, coordination and planning to consider.  

Finally, we have been trying to centralize our communications so we are consistent. In the coming weeks, you will be hearing more from your school more as we become comfortable with Online Remote Learning.  


EDUCATION PLANS
Last week our team of education services staff and our instructional coaches were able to plan and design our first learning packets for every one of our TK-5 students.  Over 3,200 packets were distributed to every elementary student before the break began. In addition, we immediately notified staff that they should begin to become proficient in one of our two learning management systems that would allow them to connect with students on-line during the break. For our high schools, this system is called Canvas, and for our K-8 schools we use Google Classroom.  Some of our teachers are already using these systems but many are having to learn them now.

 

I also want to make a few comments about equity and how we plan to address online learning. Unfortunately, many of our students and their families do not have access to a computer at home or the internet. About 60% of our families participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program and many do not have the resources to provide laptops or internet service to their children. Our first priority right now is to be able to provide Chromebooks to all high school and middle school students who do not have a laptop at home.  This is a large undertaking that involves inventory, checking all devices, ensuring proper check out procedures and ensuring a smooth distribution plan (while keeping social distancing in place). More details about the distribution of the devices will be sent out on Friday, March 20.  Once our secondary students have these devices, then all students will have access to online learning and will be required to complete the assignments.  While most of our neighboring districts have had a 1:1 laptop program in place, SRCS does not.  However, we are using this crisis as an opportunity to ensure access to online learning for every student.  We have ordered another 1,000 Chromebook devices so that we can get them to every one of our elementary students, and will keep you informed of our progress. This week, staff are participating in professional development on using Canvas and Google Classroom, alongside best practices for remote learning.
 

Remote Learning Plan for Week One (March 16th to 20th)

  • Teacher Focus: Learning Google Classroom & Canvas 
  • Student Focus: Reading and journaling based on initial expectations sent out by teachers. Start checking out SRCS’ Twitter and Facebook feed and post ways your students are learning. 

Week Two (March 23rd to March 27th)

  • Teacher Focus: Getting classes setup in Google Classroom & Canvas, setting up daily schedules for classes. 
  • Student Focus: Chromebook distribution grades 6-12 at sites for students in need. More information to follow.

Week Three (March 30th on)

  • Teacher & Student Focus is teaching online for all students


STUDENT EXPECTATIONS FOR NOW UNTIL SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd 

Elementary
Students should be reading and writing daily, and completing two to three pages in their packets. Playing outside, of course abiding by the shelter-in-place and physical distancing protocols, is also important. Late next week, another learning packet will be posted online. We are preparing and planning for another distribution of hard-copy learning packets for those who are unable to print them at home. If you’d like access to a number of high-quality resources, please visit our SRCS Remote Learning page.  More details to come. 


Middle School / High School
Expectations for all of our students: doing any make-up work that they can access; utilizing the enrichment activities that have been shared from individual teachers, school sites and the online SRCS Remote Learning page; and completing any work that was assigned to or given to them to take home on Friday. In addition, students should be reading. Our administrators are meeting daily and all schools are holding faculty meetings today and Friday, as we prepare for all teachers to be online teaching. 

Please note that due to the closure, students will have more time to complete make-up work and flexibility around turning in assignments. Your child’s school will follow-up with more specifics on this.


*Many teachers have already begun more robust remote learning through Canvas (grades 9-12) and Google Classroom (grades TK-8). We encourage students to begin checking these starting this week. Schools will be reaching out if they have not already. 


THE REMOTE LEARNING PLAN FROM MARCH 23rd ONWARD for TK-12
On Monday, March 23, teachers will begin a soft launch of online learning for those students who have technology accessibility. They will post announcements within Google Classroom (grades TK-8) and Canvas (grades 9-12) and upload and attach morning messages, class resources and assignments. All teachers TK-12 will have standard daily office hours from 9am - 12pm (unless otherwise specified by the teacher), Monday through Friday, during which they will be accessible online and through email. Please expect to hear more from your child’s school in the coming days.

Teachers will be posting daily lessons and required assignments beginning:

  • March 30 for high school students, and
  • April 1 for middle school students.

For our elementary students, teachers will post daily lessons that are only required for students who have technological accessibility. Again, packets are being created at this moment and will be disseminated next week. 

 

CHROMEBOOK DEPLOYMENT
Chromebook deployment will begin Thursday, March 26 for high school students and Monday, March 30 for those middle school students who require a device. More information will be forthcoming regarding the details and locations of the distribution.

Once we have deployed Chromebooks for grades 6-12 for those students in need, we will look at the feasibility of doing this in grades TK-5 with the remainder of our current inventory. As mentioned, we are keenly aware of the equity issues at hand and are working around-the-clock on plans to deploy Chromebooks to families in need, and to support distance learning. 

Finally, SRCS has established an Online Learning Page with a library of resources for grades TK-12. The link: bit.ly/SRCSRemote that is constantly evolving. Check it out! 


SOCIAL DISTANCING (ALSO KNOWN AS PHYSICAL DISTANCING)
I’d like to stress some important guidelines for all members of our community in these coming weeks. I ask that you follow the strictest physical distancing practices as much as possible during this uncertain period of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I direct this to students as well as to adults and families. Please do not allow your children to congregate with others and limit them and yourselves to a small group of individuals that you will be in physical contact with. Parents, we need you to support your children by keeping them AND others safe. The CDC has been clear and common sense requires this response. 


We all have a responsibility to do our part to make sure we keep the entire community safe. Please keep in mind that there are essential staff members and people at SRCS and beyond who are risking their health and the health of their families to perform necessary functions in our school and our communities. Front line employees including custodial and maintenance crews that are still at schools cleaning classrooms and offices to make our school a safer place for those who are still coming to the district office during closures. 


There are also dedicated medical personnel, bus drivers, law enforcement officials, day care workers, firefighters, grocery store cashiers, and many more who are all essential for our communities to function. Please respect their service to the community by doing everything you have the responsibility to do in this circumstance. Although families will need to make their own decisions, I advise you strongly to be mindful about gatherings and multiple contacts between students and suggest no congregating in ways that can help spread this virus.


This doesn’t mean that we can’t be outdoors. Please continue with outdoor activities such as walks, runs and yard work to the extent your health allows it and as long as you practice physical distancing. Practice physical distancing by maintaining distance, at least six feet, between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Avoid handshaking, hugging or other intimate types of greetings—greet others with a wave, nod or elbow bump instead.


And stay connected to loved ones by phone, email or other technological means. Ask friends and family to do any essential grocery shopping, picking up medications, etc. Please ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.


This is a period of unknown and all we can do is remain calm, accept what lies ahead and work together to help support the health and welfare of the larger community. Thank you again for your ongoing partnership and support as we navigate this unprecedented situation together.


Sincerely, 

Jim


Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent 
 

Posted 3/18/20

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First and foremost, thank you all for your patience and flexibility as we address this evolving situation related to the coronavirus/COVID-19. With things changing so rapidly, please expect to receive a daily update from us before 7pm this week from SRCS Communications. What follows are the latest updates for today, March 17:

 

SCHOOL CLOSURE
School closure will extend until after Spring Break. The earliest school will open is April 13th.

 

ACADEMICS

  • Comcast is offering to help connect qualified families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers can receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified households. For more information review the Parent Page of the Remote Learning Site.
  • SRCS has established an Online Learning Page with a library of resources for grades TK-12. The link:
    bit.ly/SRCSRemote. Learning plans are forthcoming!
  • Make sure all students are reading and writing daily! 

MEAL SERVICES
Reminder that SRCS is distributing free meals (lunch and breakfast for the following day) to all children under the age of 18 in the San Rafael City Schools community.
Location: Bahia Vista: 125 Bahia Way, San Rafael | Hours: 11:30AM- 12:30PM Monday through Friday
 
FOOD BANK
Every Friday going forward starting Friday March 20th, the FOOD BANK will host a pantry at Bahia Vista. All SRCS Families are WELCOME!

Please follow this schedule based on your child’s school:

  • Bahia Vista, Laurel Dell, Short, Sun Valley: 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • San Pedro, Coleman, Venetia Valley, Glenwood: 12:00PM-1:00PM

If your student is in Middle or High School, please choose the timing that corresponds to where your child went to elementary school. Location: Bahia Vista: 125 Bahia Way, San Rafael (Parking Lot Closest to Multi-Purpose Room)


To respect the shelter-in-place and physical distancing protocols, we are requiring the following:

  • Please bring your reusable bags
  • No one other than the volunteers are allowed to handle or touch the food. Volunteers will be distributing the food using gloves.
  • We may need to limit how many people are in the parking lot at one time.

CANAL ALLIANCE

The Canal Alliance has set up a Crisis Communication Center at their offices and is continuing to serve our community through phone services. They are working hard to help communicate with the canal community and to help with food services, legal services, financial assistance and technology assistance during the COVID 19 pandemic. SRCS is collaborating with Canal Alliance on a weekly basis to share information and help ensure services to our neighbors.
 

MARIN COMMUNITY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
DHHS has created an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions in regards to our shelter-in-place. There is great information to note.

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the challenges we face. Please know that you, your children, and our community are in my thoughts.


Thank you,

Jim


Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent
 

Posted 3/17/20

To support the continuum of learning during the COVID-19 school closure, please find online digital resources available to ALL SRCS students! Click here for SRCS Remote Learning (link: bit.ly/SRCSRemote).  

Para apoyar la continuidad del aprendizaje durante el cierre de la escuela COVID-19, ¡encuentre recursos digitales en línea disponibles para TODOS los estudiantes de SRCS! Haga clic aquí para Aprendizaje a Distancia | SRCS Remote Learning (link: bit.ly/SRCSRemote).

Posted 3/16/20

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Dear SRCS Community: 

I need to inform you that Public Health Officers issued a Shelter-in-Place legal order in the Bay Area effective 12:01am, Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This situation is evolving rapidly and we are doing our best to respond promptly and communicate effectively acknowledging that the unprecedented nature of this event makes this exceedingly difficult. 

For the next three weeks (at least), Bay Area services will be restricted to those deemed essential including: grocery stores, critical public and private sector services, gas stations, and health care facilities. With this in mind, SRCS is currently reviewing the essential functions we provide, determining who will need to continue to report to work to fulfill their responsibilities, who will be able to work from home, who will need to report to work and fulfill other responsibilities (as disaster workers), etc. 

Currently, at the San Rafael City Schools District Office, we are actively adapting the plan that was sent from last week based on the evolving situation. This includes:

  • Continuity of learning for our students
  • Meals for our students, and 
  • Childcare for essential workers (our healthcare workers and first responders)

We are committed to pulling together as a community to achieve student well-being while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to keep you informed as we are receiving information. 

 

Thank you,
Jim

 

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent

Posted 3/16/20

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Dear SRCS Community:

I am writing today to inform you that all SRCS schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16th. At this time we intend to bring students back to our campuses on Monday, March 30, 2020. Please know that this is a fluid situation and could very possibly change. Please also know this was a very thoughtful and precautionary decision. We realize the impact this will have on our families and do not take this decision lightly. 

At this moment, there are no known cases of a diagnosed coronavirus (COVID-19) within our staff or student population. However, I believe it is highly likely that there is community spread which has gone undetected due to insufficient testing capacity. As we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and more information has become available at the state and local level, it has become clear that closing schools is the most responsible action and proactive approach. I support, and will follow, Dr. Willis' recommendation as our local public health expert.

Please find the attached joint Press Release between Marin County Office of Education and Marin County Department of Health & Human Services. It is important that we model the preventative process and isolate ourselves as much as possible.

We are working with the Marin County Department of Public Health & Human Services to determine the degree to which our schools can be open. Should your child need any resources from their school, please contact the school via the main office line prior to going to the school.

I know this will present many complex and challenging situations for our community and we will do our best to adapt and support as best we can. Please continue to let us know how we can help. 


Communications
We will provide updates via email, callouts and posts on the SRCS website and social media as needed during the closure. We will send a communication as soon as possible and no later than 4pm on Friday, March 27 regarding the reopening of schools on Monday, March 30.

Academics
During this period of remote learning, the following steps will be taken:

  • SRCS has established an Online Learning Page with a library of resources for grades TK-12 that you can find here: https://www.srcs.org/onlinelearning
  • All students have checked-out books at school to bring home. We highly encourage your students to read during the time of closure.
  • Students grades TK-5 have received a hard-copy of learning packets they are expected to complete during the time of the closure. 

All certificated staff will be responding to student emails during regular school hours. Keep checking our website https://www.srcs.org/onlinelearning for the latest information and support for remote learning.

Meals
We will be distributing free meals to all children under the age of 18 in the San Rafael City Schools community. Free meal pick-up location is scheduled to be located at Bahia Vista: 125 Bahia Way in San Rafael. During a school closure all children under the age of 18 can pick up a free meal at: Bahia Vista: 125 Bahia Way, San Rafael. Hours of service will be 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Monday through Friday. 

Sports/Extracurriculars 

  • All extracurricular activities and sporting events, including rehearsals and practices, are immediately postponed until school is reopened.
  • Away games are canceled, even if the other venue is not subject to school closures.
  • Students will not be allowed on campus until school is reopened.
  • Re-scheduling of canceled sporting events will be determined on a case by case basis.

Community Use of School Facilities 
All school facilities, including swimming pools and sports fields, will remain closed to the public during a school closure of this nature. Community access to facilities will resume when schools reopen. 
All facility rentals and Community Education classes will be canceled or postponed until schools are safe to reopen.

Public health officials recommend that families who need to make arrangements for childcare during closure should try to avoid leaving children with older relatives and others who are more vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. Students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep their adult family members safe. 

We know these are very difficult times and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenge. Please know that you, your children, and our community are in my thoughts.

Sincerely,
Jim 

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent

Posted 3/13/20

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March 12, 2020

 

Dear SRCS Community:

 

SRCS has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Marin and we are in constant contact with both the County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE). The spread of the COVID-19 disease nationwide is increasing, and further precautions are being considered to help to limit its contagion. In addition to important daily hygiene measures such as hand washing, social distancing is one of the best ways we can act to help prevent it from spreading. For that reason, we are canceling all non-essential school meetings and activities effective today through Spring Break.

 

In addition, the potential of a school closure is becoming an increasing possibility, which might take place sooner rather than later. We are busy preparing for this possibility at the District Office. Parents should also be making preparations for the possibility that your child's school might close. The DHHS has a policy where if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they will direct us to close that school for 14 days. We are actively preparing for this to happen as early as next week. Please note, closing schools will only happen at the direction of DHHS.

 

At this point, the District is following the advice of the DHHS, which is for schools to remain open, although we are monitoring the situation daily and this could change. San Francisco Unified School District announced today that they will be closing for the next three weeks.

 

In order to limit social contacts outside of the school day, we are canceling the following school activities through Spring Break:

  • Student assemblies and field trips;
  • Parent/Guardian/Community activities and meetings (i.e., ELAC, PTA, Booster, etc.)
  • Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences
  • Parent volunteers in the classroom

We will continue to have essential meetings such as IEP meetings. However, for safety reasons, they will be restructured to be held virtually when possible. As of now, outdoor sports will continue until otherwise directed.

 

In the event of a school closure, the following preparations are being made:

  • Students are beginning to check-out books at school to bring home. We highly encourage your students to read should there be a closure; 
  • SRCS Online Resources page has many resources available for all students and families to utilize during the closure; 
  • At this moment, we are preparing hard-copy learning packets for grades TK-5;
  • SRCS is assessing how we might continue to offer meals to families should schools need to close.

The best websites to receive current factual information remain:

https://www.marinhhs.org/coronavirus
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

We will continue to keep you informed as we are informed.

 

Thank you,
Jim

 

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent of Schools

Posted 3/12/20
 

Superintendent Jim Hogeboom updates the San Rafael community on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what the district is doing and what our community can do to stay safe and informed with this video.

Reminder: the Marin County Office of Education is hosting a community event on Monday, March 9 from 6pm to 7:30pm featuring health experts from the Department of Health and Human Services and Kaiser Permanente. The event will be held at 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue in San Rafael and will be viewable via Facebook Live (Link: HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/TB2ODFX).

 
Thank you, 
Jim
 
Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent
Posted 3/7/20

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San Rafael City Schools continues to be in close contact with the Marin County Department of Health & Human Services and the Marin County Office of Education to obtain the most current guidance related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 
 

On Wednesday, March 4th all county superintendents met with Marin County Health and Human Services Public Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis and Kaiser Permanente for an in depth conversation and update on COVID-19. We gained insight on the following points which have all been verified through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:

  • The COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has the virus and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This however, is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. (Source: cdc.gov).  Here are current CDC guidelines on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • While information thus far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, older people and people with certain underlying health conditions seem to be at greater risk of serious illness. It is our understanding that COVID-19 has less impact on our young people.
  • In the event that a case of COVID-19 occurs at a school site, district leadership will work with public health officials and the Marin County Office of Education to determine next steps, which may include closing a school for up to 14 days. Protocols and procedures are actively being developed so that if and when a case is identified at a school site, we are prepared.
  • Currently, we have not canceled large gatherings, athletic events, or other school community events. 
  • While the state of California and the county of Marin have declared a health emergency, the primary purpose of doing so is to obtain access to financial and medical resources.  

Additional information: 

First: Attached is the most recent update from Dr. Matthew Willis, Marin County's Public Health Officer as of 3/3/20. We will continue to keep you informed with further updates. 


Second: All district custodians are increasing efforts to modify their cleaning routines and focus on disinfecting desks, counter tops, door handles, and any other flat surfaces in each classroom, office, lobby, library, multi-purpose room, dining facility, restroom, and nurses' office. We are tracking absences as a guide to know where to focus additional cleaning efforts. To do this, we are using a cleaning machine that remains the safest and most effective system to use. We will continue to review our daily practices and follow the recommendations provided to us by the public health experts.


Third: Recognizing that questions will come up as this situation evolves, the Marin County Office of Education is hosting a community event on Monday, March 9 from 6pm to 7:30pm featuring health experts from the Department of Health and Human Services and Kaiser Permanente. The event will be held at 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue in San Rafael and will be viewable via Facebook Live.


Finally, here is the Marin County Office of Education Press Release dated 3/3/20


All community members are encouraged to review information from reliable sources such as the following: 

Thank you, 
Jim

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent

Posted 3/5/20


Vea a continuación la traducción al español.

The safety of our students is our number one priority. San Rafael City Schools continues to be in close contact with the Marin County Department of Health & Human Services and the Marin County Office of Education to obtain the most current guidance related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

On February 26, 2020, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services sent an update with guidance related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. That correspondence is attached.

As we receive updated information, we will pass it onto our community.

What follows is a list of resources for current information:
California Department of Public Health
Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Marin Health & Human Services

 

The Marin County Office of Education has also created a web page with resources and current communicationshttps://www.marinschools.org/Page/6792 

 

We will continue to keep you informed.
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Traducción Española:

La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra prioridad número uno. Las escuelas de la ciudad de San Rafael siguen en contacto con el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Marin y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Marin para obtener la orientación más actualizada relacionada con el Coronavirus/COVID-19.

El 26 de febrero de 2020, el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Marin envió una actualización con la orientación relacionada con el Coronavirus/COVID-19. Esa correspondencia se adjunta.

A medida que recibamos información actualizada, la pasaremos a nuestra comunidad.

Lo que sigue es una lista de recursos para información actual:
California Department of Public Health
Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Marin Health & Human Services
 

La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Marin también ha creado una página web con recursos y comunicaciones actuales: https://www.marinschools.org/Page/6792.

Seguiremos manteniéndolo informado.
 

Posted 2/28/20

REMINDER: SRCS Dual Language Immersion Program Survey

 

Complete Our Short Survey!
 

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We'd like your input! San Rafael City Schools is planning to establish a two-way (50% English speakers and 50% Spanish speakers) Dual Language Immersion program at an elementary school in San Rafael City Schools beginning in the 2021-22 school year. The goal of the program is that all participating students are bilingual and biliterate at grade level by the end of fifth grade.

Please note the location for this program has not yet been determined. We are surveying families in San Rafael to determine interest in the program. We will also be having an information session on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 6 - 7 pm at the Davidson Middle School Library (280 Woodland Ave) - all are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact 415-491-6408.

 

Please complete our short survey on Dual Language Immersion to help us gauge interest in the program!

 

THANK YOU!

Posted 2/27/20

All SRCS Staff transitions from Outlook email and calendar to Gmail and Google Calendar beginning Monday, February 24, 6 AM!

We are excited for the opportunity to align our communication and productivity tools onto one platform!

For information on how to log in to your Gmail or access your calendar TODAY Monday, February 24, please review the Gmail and Calendar Links Resource and check-out the Gmail Transition Website

 

Posted 2/24/20

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REMINDER: Round two of our February Together 2023 Community Workshops THIS WEEK! Please join us!

 

We'd like your input on brainstorming high-leverage actions - what makes a difference in our classrooms and schools for students?

These are regional workshops hosted at schools across the District - you are encouraged to attend whichever session is most convenient for you, with all four February sessions being identical. 

All workshops are open to all students, teachers, staff, families, community members and partners. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

 

Together 2023 Community Workshop #2

All sessions from 6 - 7:30 pm

 

Tuesday, Feb. 25 Venetia Valley Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, Feb. 25 Davidson Middle School Library
Jueves, Feb. 27 Bahia Vista Sala Multiuso
Thursday, Feb. 27 Terra Linda High School Innovation Lab


Bahia Vista event will be offered solely in Spanish. 

All other events will be offered with Spanish translation. 

We hope to see you and look forward to your input! 

If you have any questions, contact communications@srcs.org or 415-492-3233.

Learn More: www.srcs.org/Together2023

Posted 2/22/20

We are in the midst of our Together 2023 planning process to define our district values, the skills our students need to compete in today's competitive world, the goals for the coming years and the high leverage actions we will take to achieve our goals. We have been reaching out to all of our community members for input into this process, and have met with our certificated and classified staff, parents, students, administrators and community members for your ideas and input. Right now, we are receiving feedback on the kinds of high-impact strategies that we can implement to help us close the opportunity gap and ensure that all of our students are developing the skills needed to be successful adults. On February 25th and 27th, we will be having a second round of community meetings to gather further input from you all and we hope to see you there! More information here

Today I would like to take a few moments to write about the three values that we have identified through your input here in San Rafael as the key principles and beliefs that we want to guide our actions. These three values are EQUITY, COMMUNITY and JOY. I hope these values resonate with you-they inspire me and make me proud to work for an organization that holds these dear. You can continue reading or watch the video here where I detail the work we are doing.


In selecting our values, our hope is to make sure that they are unique to our district, that they will guide our actions, and that they will inspire our students, staff and parents. I think we have met these criteria and hope to further explore their significance.

Our first value is EQUITY, which can be defined as "just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential." Unfortunately, this is not the case for the majority of our Latinx students here in San Rafael today. Racial equity for students in Marin will be achieved when race and ethnicity no longer predict the outcome of a young person's future. We commit to identify and dismantle racial inequalities and to provide equity-based supports so that our most vulnerable children can achieve their full potential. Equity means that we honor and empower individual identity and experience. We are committed to ensuring the success of every San Rafael child and cannot accept the current state of affairs where our Latinx students, who comprise the majority of our student body, are drastically lagging behind their white peers. According to a study by Race Counts, Marin County ranks first among all 58 California counties when it comes to racial disparities, which is not a designation we should be proud of. We can change this, but it will take our total commitment to equity to make the difference. San Rafael City Schools has begun to make strides, and our partnerships with such groups as The Pacific Education Group, 10,000 Degrees, Canal Alliance, Marin Promise Partnership, Not In Our Town and the College of Marin are starting to have an impact.

Our second value is COMMUNITY: we welcome, value and support every member of our District. Inclusion, belonging and participation for all are the cornerstones of community, and we want to ensure that all of our voices are heard. San Rafael City Schools is committed to hearing all of our voices, and I am proud to lead a district where our students are speaking up, learning to advocate on their behalf, and the adults are listening. In the classroom, teachers are working hard to develop personal relationships with students, and this helps them to feel important and that they matter. Parents also matter, and we are thankful to our Heads-Up Foundation and all of our school parent groups for their incredible support. Recently at a Heads-Up retreat, equity was front and center in the discussion as we looked at ways of distributing funds in a fair way to support art, music and PE at every school. Our Spanish speaking parents are included in decisions, and our English Language Advisory Committee meetings ensure that we hear from this important group of parents. One theme that arose from the recent San Pedro Elementary incident and resulting community open house was the slogan "WE ARE ONE" or "TODOS SOMOS UNO" which seems to be a great motto for our entire district. Last month's newsletter refers to this occurrence.

Finally, our last value is JOY: we engage in meaningful learning through energy, enthusiasm and humor. While we are very interested in rigor and having students meet high academic standards, there are key ways to get students motivated and interested in learning. Engaging them in relevant and meaningful work, providing them with choices, involving them in taking ownership of their learning, and ensuring that the work we require is not only challenging but fun and interesting are examples. Kids are naturally curious, and we should take advantage of that to explore and discover all that life has to offer. All of our classrooms and schools should be a positive and happy experience; learning should be joyful!

Our next task is to operationalize these three values across the district, so they don't just end up being words on the wall in the board room. If we truly are living these values, what actions and behaviors would we be exhibiting on a daily basis? This is our next question that we will pose to each school site as well as here in the district office. Making San Rafael schools a great place to learn for every one of our students will take a deep commitment to our beliefs.

What do the values of EQUITY, COMMUNITY, and JOY mean to you, and how will you demonstrate them? Please take a moment to give us your feedback, and let us know how you are living these values in our classrooms, in our schools, and in our homes. We would love to know what you are doing!! Please reply your comments back to me. Or email us at communications@srcs.org. I look forward to hearing from you.

Reminder our Together 2023 Community Workshops are on February 25th and 27th. We hope you can join us!

TOGETHER 2023 COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS (All sessions from 6 - 7:30 pm)
Tuesday, Feb. 25    Venetia Valley Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, Feb. 25    Davidson Middle School Library
Jueves, Feb. 27      Bahia Vista Sala Multiuso*
Thursday, Feb. 27  Terra Linda High School Innovation Lab

*Bahia Vista event will be offered solely in Spanish.
All other events will be offered with Spanish translation.

Enjoy a wonderful mid-winter break!

Sincerely,

Jim

 

Posted 2/19/20

In partnership with the Marin County Sheriff and District Attorney, we are sharing the attached letter related to the safe storage of guns if they are in the home.

With an estimated 4.6 million children living in homes with access to unlocked guns, we want to emphasize the need for raising awareness about the guidelines for the safe storage of guns under California law. In addition, we want our community members to take extra steps to prevent tragedies including: storing guns safely, asking about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes, and recognizing risk factors and warning signs of suicide and depression – and speak up.

Please see the attached letter, translated in English and Spanish. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students and community safe.

 

En colaboración con el Sheriff del Condado de Marin y el Fiscal del Distrito, compartimos la carta adjunta relacionada con el almacenamiento seguro de armas si están en el hogar.

Con un estimado de 4.6 millones de niños viviendo en hogares con acceso a armas sin llave, queremos enfatizar la necesidad de crear conciencia sobre las pautas para el almacenamiento seguro de armas bajo la ley de California. Además, queremos que los miembros de nuestra comunidad tomen medidas adicionales para evitar tragedias, entre ellas: almacenar las armas de forma segura, preguntar sobre la presencia de armas sin seguro en otros hogares y reconocer los factores de riesgo y los signos de advertencia del suicidio y la depresión, y hablar claramente.

Por favor, vea la carta adjunta, traducida al inglés y al español. Gracias por su colaboración para mantener seguros a nuestros estudiantes y a la comunidad. 

Posted 2/14/20


Check this Out!! Read the latest “Got Tolerance” article released from Terra Linda High School newspaper The Voice! Thank you, Alexander Rodriguez, for exercising your student voice and taking a stand for the unification of our community! 

Living our core values of EQUITY, COMMUNITY, and JOY is POWERFUL

We are one! Todos somos uno! Together 2023!

 

Article can be read here.
 

¡Mira esto! Lea el último artículo de "Tengo Tolerancia" publicado por el periódico de la escuela Terra Linda "La Voz"! Gracias, Alexander Rodriguez, por ejercitar tu voz de estudiante y tomar una posición para la unificación de nuestra comunidad! 


¡Vivir nuestros valores fundamentales de EQUIDAD, COMUNIDAD y ALEGRÍA es EMPODERADOR


Somos uno! ¡Todos somos uno! ¡Juntos 2023!


El artículo puede ser leído aquí

Posted 2/6/20

Dr. Matt Willis, Public Health Officer, provided the attached update for our school community related to the corona virus. A Spanish translation is also included. This information contains the most current data and recommendations available. Our thanks to the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services for keeping our community informed about this evolving situation.

El Dr. Matt Willis, Oficial de Salud Pública, proporcionó la actualización adjunta para nuestra comunidad escolar relacionada con el coronavirus. También se incluye una traducción al español. Esta información contiene los datos y recomendaciones más actuales disponibles. Nuestro agradecimiento al Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Marin por mantener a nuestra comunidad informada sobre esta situación en evolución.

Posted 2/5/20

Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County's Public Health Officer, provided the attached communication related to the Corona virus. Our thanks to the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services for keeping our community informed about this evolving situation.

El Dr. Matt Willis, Oficial de Salud Pública del Condado de Marin, proporcionó la comunicación adjunta relacionada con el Coronavirus. Nuestro agradecimiento al Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de Marin por mantener a nuestra comunidad informada sobre esta situación en evolución.

Posted 1/28/20

Attached is a letter from the Marin HHS Public Health Office in English and Spanish, as well as our bilingual flu prevention fact sheet. Flu activity is widespread in California and the Marin HHS Public Health Office urges you to distribute this information to parents.
 

Se adjunta una carta de la Oficina de Salud Pública del HHS de Marín en inglés y español, así como nuestra hoja informativa bilingüe sobre la prevención de la gripe. La actividad de la gripe está muy extendida en California y la Oficina de Salud Pública del HHS de Marín le insta a distribuir esta información a los padres.

Posted 1/24/20

We are pleased to share the official SRCS 2020-21 School Year Calendar. This was approved by the Board and ratified by employee groups on Jan. 13. 

Posted 1/14/20

We are excited to welcome you to San Rafael City Schools and your child to the Class of 2033! Enrolling in kindergarten marks the start of an exciting journey for your family, and we look forward to partnering with you to ensure that your child becomes a confident learner, an effective communicator, a critical thinker and a positive contributor to the global community.

Students who will be five years old by September 1, 2020 are eligible to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year. Courtesy Registration Date for each school are listed here. Kindergarten Registration will take place from 2:00-6:00 pm. at all sites.  Enrollment packets are available at school sites, the Student Enrollment & Family Center, or you can download it here.

Learn more. 

Posted 1/8/20

Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,

As we wrap up the first semester of the 2019-20 school year, I want to thank the entire community for such a warm welcome these past several months! I am especially grateful for our students, teachers, staff, families, partners and community members for the many successes and accomplishments we have collectively achieved so far this year - and I know there is so much more to come. 

Please take a moment to view this short video, which hopefully reflects how grateful I am to be a part of the SRCS community. Para ver los subtítulos en español, debe hacer clic en el botón CC en el menú inferior del panel de video y activar los subtítulos.

Have a wonderful Winter Break - take care of our kids, take care of each other and take care of yourself!

Sincerely,

Jim

Jim Hogeboom

Superintendent
 

Posted 12/20/19

SRCS is pleased to launch “refreshed” District and school websites to provide a more visually-appealing and user-friendly experience. Furthermore, our refreshed websites are:

  • Accessible: to ensure they are ADA compliant and accessible to all users
  • Mobile Friendly: users are able to seamlessly browse sites from their phones
  • Translated: web pages easily translate to Spanish and other major language
  • Consistent: all school websites have a similar homepage and look and feel 

We encourage you to explore our updated District and school sites. We will continue to make changes to improve the experience. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact communications@srcs.org or 415-492-3233.
 

Posted 11/12/19