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HAPPY NEW YEAR - The Pride, January 4th, 2020
Posted 1/2/21

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Monday, 1.4

WELCOME BACK! All students, K-5, returning to school in Hybrid format. Look for teacher letters regarding programs. 

Tuesday, 1.5

Event Free

Wednesday, 1.6

Home and School Board Meeting, 7:00-8:30 pm

Thursday, 1.7

Event Free

Friday, 1.8

Event Free


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

2021 is here and could not have come sooner! And what a strange journey around the sun we took this past year?!

Let's start with this article that is just awesome and short and thoughtful. 101 things to be grateful for, 2021! Number 28 and 29 always resonate with me. It's a sweet and thoughtful list. I find articles like this to be helpful as it puts me in a soothing space, reminding me to think about the world around me, my place in it, and all of those things I take for granted.

As for all of you, I certainly hope you had a restful time with your immediate families and pulled back as much as you were able to from traditional recreational travels and visits. Without a doubt, this year was the quietest on record, at the Anderson household. While I missed my mom terribly at the holiday dinner table, I have no qualms about that decision after reading countless articles about folks taking unnecessary risks with a tear-jerking story to follow. I want my mother to be here for many more years to come.

On another note, I am so very excited to have your children back on our campus again! I am confident in our School Site Protection Plan, the energy we have given to cleaning procedures and training, protocol messaging with all of you and our children on-site, health specialist and home support team support, and the countless behind the scenes details to ensure we are keeping students, staff, and families safe. One could say, more effort has been directed to these measures than the actual curricular programs themselves. But that is to be expected during this time.

As we shift to 2021, attention to the academic progress of your children is necessary. As you know, our academic programs were carefully vetted and selected over the summer and our staff was provided appropriate professional development to ensure your children had what they needed in this new learning environment. An important part of this work is the assessment of student progress and while ongoing assessments have always been the keystone of our work, now more than ever, do we want to ensure we know exactly where each child is and the next steps in their evolution as a learner. More to come on this later.

Moving forward, our hardest work is ahead of us now. With all of the discussion about vaccines, some might argue we can let up a bit. NOPE! Now is the time to really pay careful attention to all of those safety protocols listed here and in letters to come. For example, if for some reason you found yourself traveling, please be sure to get tested ASAP and quarantine in order to keep your teachers, children, friends, and family members safe. 

“The biggest driver (of infections) now is social gatherings across households, especially indoors,” Willis said.

Significant Change Alert: One of the big shifts upon our return on Monday, January 4th is our drop off and pick up procedures. When dropping your children off at school each day, please do not linger around with friends while watching your children in their line. The same can be said for pickups. This creates the clustering effect we deeply wish to avoid. We will keep an eye on your children for you. Just drop them off, see that they make their way to their line, and then head off campus. Please help remind one another in case someone missed this letter. My teachers will be sharing this information as well. This is a fantastic site to take a peek at related to where we stand as a county with Covid - 19.

Remember, for our drivers, walkers, and bikers, K-2 comes through the parking lot while 3-5 comes from Idylberry above. Loom Video for your review.

Any good Covid-19 informational reads?

Marin County Office of Education - COVID-19 Handbook

Updated Decision Tree to be VERY familiar with - Scroll down for the very clear image

Laura Winter, Art Specialist, 
and her 
Unite With Light Project! WOW!!

LUCAS VALLEY INFORMATIONAL UPDATE

When is the next Public Health Community Forum?

As shared above, we are excited and ready to resume in-person instruction this Monday, January 4, 2021. Our community continues to have a spectrum of thoughts about opening schools with some folks eager to return and others not so much. For those seeking additional safety rationale for keeping schools open, you can hear directly from Public Health experts, Dr. Willis and Dr. Santora, who support our reopening work. They are hosting a webinar for the community on Monday, January 4th from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm where they will provide an update, share data, and include an opportunity for Q&A. Visit this page for the webinar link and information on how to submit questions in advance.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

When are school photos taking place this year?  Lucas Valley has partnered with Mugsy Clicks, a local photography agency (love supporting local and talented folks), and our dates are set. 

Wednesday, March 31st: Spring Photos - Schedule to come

Wednesday, April 14th: Makeup Day - Schedule to come

I am interested in being a bus driver. Any opportunities? Yes. We are seeking a dedicated part-time bus driver to join our team! Our bus drivers provide a crucial service for our students and families. Our transportation department is integral to the success of our district, they are the first MCSD smiling faces that some students see each day. This position follows the school calendar and grants a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the summer sun with loved ones. A class B license would be preferred, but the transportation department is eager and willing to train. The pay range for our bus driver 1 position, $19.01 - $24.27 (based on experience and background). If this type of position might interest you please do not hesitate to reach out to Lauren Campbell, HR Specialist, at 415 492 3702

Is there going to be an equity and inclusion team at Lucas Valley forming? Yes. Our initial LVE Equity and Inclusion Meeting date - Wednesday, January 13th, 3:00-4:00.

HYBRID RELATED INFORMATION

Can I linger around my child's line after dropping my child off?

Please, no. With all of our students returning back to school in their appropriate hybrid sessions, we want to prevent clustering. Although each of us may not show telltale symptoms and we go about our way assuming everything is fine, we may carry the virus asymptomatically and possibly passing it on. Stay distanced from one another and make your way off campus after drop off and pick up. THANK YOU! 

Can you quickly explain the hybrid again? There are 2 different sessions, 8:15-11:15 and 12:00-3:00. Please be on time and always with a face mask. We have prioritized siblings when creating groupings. We recognize this may interfere with many of you who have "learning hubs" to help support your ongoing learning during this time and we apologize. If you fall into this category, please consider who is in your child's new cohort and generate a new one.

Video of our Wave 4 Hybrid Discussion on Monday evening

If you missed last week's wave 4 hybrid webinar, I have it here for you now. Thanks for your patience. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1knT1W_Zluq5PuQ5VE-rlxOSD2tIfpkLz/view?usp=sharing

Any new safety supports recently added? Yes. Our district has recently assigned an all-day substitute for each of our sites to use where needed. For example, if we suddenly have a teacher or aide out, she can step right in. If we need extra support in the yard, extra cleaning or supervising of students during transitions, help in a classroom, we have our person.

Will all students return as one group when we resume our Hybrid program? Yes. At this time, Public Health guidance allows us to resume in-person instruction and proceed with our phased reopening plan. As a community, we have demonstrated that schools can be open safely. We have managed three positive cases with no school transmission. We have health staff at each school site, voluntary COVID testing for employees, incredible air quality solutions, small class sizes, a daily health screening system, stockpiled EPE, and increased support staff. Our systems have worked. We have a strong community and a stellar staff. Our teams will all be coming in together, with an anticipated return of January 4th.

We are committed to ensuring safe schools for staff and students, getting all kids back in school, and doing it together! Miller Creek, this pandemic has not been easy but with flexibility, and our partnership we will continue to find our way.

What are the most informative COVID-19 links worth reading?

*Health and Human Services: Primary page

*Health And Human Services: FAQ's

*Health and Human Services Covid-19 Status Update

*Health and Human Services: Student and Family Resources

*Health and Human Services: Trends and Tracking Dashboard

*Health and Human Services: Self and other protection guidelines

*Health and Human Services: Safe Holiday Celebration Ideas

*California Blue Print for a Safer Economy

Will there be an adjustment to the final Wave 4 hybrid classes similar to the previous phases?

Yes. To help prepare teachers and grounding them in what is working and needs adjusting, the following schedule will be in place.

Monday, January 4th: Group A attends school from 8:15-11:15. Group B remains home following asynchronous learning programs.

Tuesday, January 5th: Group B attends school from 12:00-3:00 Group A remains home following asynchronous learning programs.

Wednesday, January 6th: Fully remote day

Thursday, January 7th: Groups A 8:18-11:15, Group B 12:00-3:00

Friday, January 8th: Groups A 8:18-11:15, Group B 12:00-3:00

Should I be answering the Crisis Go Email each morning?

When we return in January, please remember to temperature check your child followed by answering the Crisis Go email each morning before bringing your child to school. If not, your child will be visiting the health specialist and a call will be made home to check. Your child will not be able to enter the classroom without that check. So be vigilant. Click here for a fantastic video from our Val health specialist that outlines exactly what to do. 

What are drop off procedures? K-2 in the parking lot and 3-5 on Idylberry. For those walking, please do not walk through the parking lot. Use designated sidewalks. The sidewalk skirting around the parking lot is available but please make your way off campus soon after. No lingering, please. Covid numbers are high, we don't want to take unnecessary chances. For grades K-2, when driving in and dropping off/picking up, do not leave your car unattended. If you have a child in the K-2 and 3-5, select either the parking lot or Idylberry, to drop off and pick up. You don't need to do both. If it rains, students will head directly to classrooms. Do not walk your child to their classrooms.

Can my child walk or bike to school? Yes. Students can bike or walk to and from school but bring a lock for the bike and remind them to use it

How important are masks? Very! Have your children bring extra in the packs and ALL FAMILY MEMBERS ON CAMPUS should be fully masked.

What if my child does not feel well? If your child experiences any signs of a fever, recurring cough, headaches, body fatigue, etc. keep your child home, stay home, check in with their pediatrician, and get tested. Safety first!

What advice can I give my child each day before school begins? Wash hands frequently, wear masks always (wherever you go), always socially distance from others, when making adjustments to masks do so with the strings, not the front of the mask.

What important links should I be reviewing? 

I have compiled a few that are well worth reviewing

District Miller Creek Website (Very, Very good to review)

Lucas Valley Phasing in Family Handbook

Family Hybrid District Handbook in English

Family Hybrid District Handbook in Spanish

2020-2021 School Site Protection Plan