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10.16.20 Community Update
Posted 10/16/20

Dear Miller Creek Community,

 

We want to extend an enormous thank you to our teachers, staff, leadership, Trustees, parents, and students who have made our return to in-person instruction a successful transition. We have greatly missed seeing and hearing children on our campuses and it has been a gift to see our schools begin to wake up with their energy. Thank you for being a supportive and committed learning community.

 

Community Forum

 

As we continue to open our schools we understand that there are many questions and are committed to ensuring opportunities to access information. The experts from Public Health continue to support our reopening work and are hosting a webinar for the community next Tuesday. Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Lisa Santora will be reviewing the Parent Handbook on COVID-19 Safety and the Marin County COVID-19 Safety - Decision Tree for Schools. The components of this handbook are also reflected in the Miller Creek COVID-19 Parent Handbook which provides support and guidance for our families. Please tune in! 

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. 

This event will be presented in English with live Spanish translation.  

Please click the link below to join the webinar: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85870933461?pwd=R3RVWU5rK3BsOE1zWWpnaWdicTdqZz09

Dial In: +1-669-900-6833 | Webinar ID: 858-7093-3461# | Passcode: 022719

 

Free On-Site COVID-19 Testing for All Staff

 

We continue to seek out and layer on additional measures to keep our staff and students safe. The district is now partnering with Curative, Inc., a COVID-19 testing company that will provide on-site testing for all district staff using an FDA approved oral fluid test.  Curative provides all testing for the Department of Defense and will soon begin operating testing for a number of Marin County school districts. Curative will provide tests that use an oral fluid sample collection method that is less invasive than the testing which requires the insertion of a cotton swab far into the nasal passage. Results are available within 48 hours and are sent to the person, district, and public health via email. This free testing will be available to all staff, every other week, at each school site. 

 

Wave 2 Transition Week

 

Classrooms returning in Wave 2 on October 26th will use next week to prepare for the transition. Families with children in these classrooms can expect an increased number of asynchronous (not live) minutes to support this work. For parents returning, please make sure to view information sent by principals, the COVID-19 Parent Handbook, and visit our Reopening Schools page on our district website to have many questions answered. 

 

Virtual Academy Update

 

Families were asked over the summer to indicate interest in the Miller Creek Virtual Academy (MCVA). The district had the foresight to develop the MCVA alongside our various models that allow for phasing in slowly. Since being allowed to reopen, we have heard from approximately thirty families that now have an interest in joining the MCVA. We know that these decisions are difficult and are working to accommodate all new requests by adding an additional K-5 Virtual Academy classroom. Families will hear directly from Principal Remmers (MCVA K-5 principal) and Principal Tate about moving their enrollment to MCVA.

 

Ventilation 

 

The movement of air in our classrooms continues to be a high area of interest. The district contracted with a mechanical engineer to evaluate our HVAC systems who produced an executive summary. One recommendation from the engineer was to explore a new technology called Needle Point Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) that would improve the function of our existing systems dramatically and the district requested a presentation to learn more. While the presentation at the meeting was not what we had hoped it would be, the needle point bipolar ionization remains a technology that the district intends to explore further. District staff will be visiting a school in Berkeley Unified next week that has installed this technology in 20 classrooms and will join Berkeley staff as they conduct efficacy testing. 

 

As we await this additional information, all Wave 1 and Wave 2 classrooms have been provided with an air purifier and either an ionization device or air purifier will be provided for the following waves before they begin in-class instruction. 

 

We continue to hear feedback from all of our stakeholders that represent a spectrum of perspectives and feelings about reopening. We are grateful for the high engagement of our community and believe that diversity of thought will ultimately serve us best. Our community is unified by our commitment to the children that we serve. We are stronger together. 

 

Becky Rosales | Interim Superintendent

Kristy Treewater | Assistant Superintendent