Fall 2020 Information for Parents

Update as of September 21, 2020

Public Health Waiver: Marin Primary & Middle School has received approval for our public health waiver, which will allow 1st through 6th grade students to return to campus for in-person learning, regardless of Marin County’s Tier designation by the State of California. Since Marin County is still designated by the State as having Tier 2 status, we do anticipate that 7th and 8th graders will also be able to return to campus next month. We are thrilled to welcome our students back to campus, and we deeply appreciate your support and patience as we have worked our way through this complex process.  

Our preschool through kindergarten classes are already on campus for in-person learning because of separate childcare licensing guidelines.

Ongoing Distance Learning: We understand that some families may have extenuating circumstances or may not feel comfortable having their child return to campus during this time. We will continue to offer distance learning opportunities so that every MP&MS student and family feels connected to our community. Your division director will be in touch shortly to share the details of this program.

Committees and Partnerships: With the guidance of and partnership from the County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services (Public Health), Marin County Office of Education, our school nurse, our internal task force, and our Health & Safety Committee we have prepared the MP&MS COVID-19 Health & Safety Guide to reopen our campus. Our reopening plans are consistent with and will adjust to changing applicable local and state public health orders and guidelines, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publications.

MP&MS’s priority is to maintain the safety and health of our community, while engaging students in a warm academic environment that embraces growth, provides continuity, and honors the learning journey

Guidelines & Procedures

As a preview, some of the protocols we will be implementing include (but are not limited to): 

  • Face coverings are required for all students third-eighth grade, as well as teachers and staff. Face coverings are highly encouraged for all children ages two and older.
  • Physical distancing as practicable, including redesigned classroom and instructional spaces to minimize proximity between students and with teachers
  • Stable classroom cohorts that do not mix with other cohorts
  • Frequent and regular hand washing 
  • Regular health screenings prior to  arrival (with staggered drop-off and pick-up times to facilitate traffic flow)
  • The use of touchless faucets
  • Frequent cleaning and regular disinfection of all high-touch surfaces and spaces

Please note that the protocols and procedures in this manual may be adapted based on current Public Health guidelines. We will inform families of any updates in a timely manner. While we are following all Public Health guidelines and being vigilant in our daily practices, we cannot eliminate all risk of exposure to communicable diseases, including COVID-19.