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8/14/20 Update: Preparing for the Start of the School Year & Special Video Message
Posted 8/14/20

Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,        
                
Every start of the school year is exciting, and this year is no different. We eagerly await our students to return, and look forward to the start of the 2020-21 school year! This will be a great year, and it will also look and feel very different from what we have all experienced in the past. This week has been all about getting set-up for the start of the school year and making sure you have the information your family needs.

Please watch this special video message:


Here are some important reminders and updates: 

Remote Learning Starts Aug. 20!
All students TK-12 will begin the school year with Remote Learning. The first day of school is next Thursday, Aug. 20!
We will be using technology in new and reimagined ways. The unfamiliarity of this might feel uneasy, even unsettling at times. You and your students may need extra time to settle into this new learning format and we want to ease concerns you may have. The expectation for the first several days of school is connection. Students and families connecting with teachers, and students connecting with peers is the priority, and this might take longer in a virtual realm than it would if we were in person.

Chromebook Distribution
We're distributing Chromebooks next week to students who did not receive one this Spring! We're focusing our efforts on all students in grades 3-8; and grades TK-2 and 9-12 as needed. Here is the schedule and information!

Meals
Meal distribution will take place at the following sites for all SRCS students, Monday-Friday from 11 am to 1 pm: Bahia Vista, Coleman, Venetia Valley and Davidson.

Preparing for In-Person Hybrid Learning
Our focus right now is getting the year off to a great start with Remote Learning. At the same time, we are taking steps so we’re ready for in-person instruction when the time is right. I do want to emphasize that at this point, it seems the earliest we would bring students back for in-person learning would be Oct. 5. The specific timing is based on a number of safety considerations and other factors, especially Marin's status on the State's "watch list." When we do return to in-person instruction, we will phase into the recently-approved hybrid models - which is a combination of some remote learning with some in-person learning. Below is some information; we will share more specific details as we get closer to bringing students back. 

We will continue to stay in touch with you as we welcome our students for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Thank you for your continued support and patience! 

Sincerely,

Jim Hogeboom
Superintendent