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11.13.20 Holidays & Safety
Posted 11/13/20

 

Dear Miller Creek Community, 

 

With COVID-19 cases rising around the region and the country, this is a time when we all need to come together and keep up our efforts to reduce transmission in our community. 

 

Dr. Mark Ghaly, the California Health and Human Services Secretary, said earlier this week that “the virus is not over just because we're tired of it."  We are all eager to return to family and holiday events as we have experienced them in the past, but health experts continue to emphasize that gatherings, some types of travel, and other holiday related activities can put you and your family at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. 

 

We ask that you carefully consider your plans as we enter the holiday season. Our community’s behavior during this holiday season will directly impact our ability to keep our schools open for learning.

 

Gatherings, some types of travel, and/or other activities can put your family at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. Please consider the following factors as you plan for any upcoming holiday gatherings and/or travel. 

 

Please review the full guidance from Public Health for holiday travel and gatherings by clicking here

 

When planning social gatherings, please keep the following in mind:

 

SMALL: Limit gatherings to no more than 3 households

When people from different households are together at the same time in the same space, the risk of spreading COVID-19 goes up. That’s why gatherings of more than 3 different households are not allowed.

 

SHORT: Limit gatherings to no more than 2 hours

The longer people gather together, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading. That’s why gathering for longer than 2 hours is not allowed, under the state’s health order and Marin's Risk Reduction order.

 

STABLE: Do not participate in multiple gatherings with many different households

 

The more people come into contact with others outside their household, the higher the risk of spreading COVID-19. That’s why participating in multiple gatherings with different households is strongly discouraged. If you attend several gatherings over the holidays, keep it to the same group of people.

 

When planning travel, please keep the following in mind:

 

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in many parts of the country. Nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not recommended. Traveling outside the Bay Area will increase your chance of getting infected and spreading the virus to others after your return. Additional precautions should also be taken when hosting and interacting with people traveling to the Bay Area, especially from other areas with widespread COVID-19.

 

If you travel outside the Bay Area, it is strongly recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days after your return if your activities while travelling put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19. These higher risk activities include:

  • Spending time within 6 feet of people you do not normally live with, while you or anyone around you was not wearing a face mask – especially if you were indoors.

  • Traveling on planes, buses, trains, public transportation, or other shared vehicles, if face masks were not worn at all times by both you and the other people in the vehicle.

If your family participates in one or more of the high risk activities listed above or you think that your family may have been exposed to COVID-19 before, during, or after the holidays, we strongly encourage the following precautions:

 

  • Quarantine with your household for 14 days after returning home to the Bay Area and coordinate with your child’s teacher to have your child/children participate in remote learning if your quarantine is not finished before the scheduled return date for in-person learning. 

 

  • If you are concerned about potential COVID-19 exposure during the holiday breaks due to your travel or social gatherings, consult with your physician about getting your family tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus. COVID-19 symptoms generally appear within 2 – 14 days of exposure. Your physician will discuss the correct timing of testing based on your potential exposure. Typically the first of the COVID-19 tests should be taken 3-7 days into the quarantine period after your return home.

 

We must remain vigilant and steadfast in our safety protocols if we hope to keep our schools open. All of our staff and students deserve to be kept safe.

 

Whatever your plans are for the holidays, we hope that you will find safe ways to connect with loved ones. Wishing everyone a safe and healthy season.

 

Becky Rosales | Superintendent

Kristy Treewater | Assistant Superintendent