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6-8 Middle School Community Update March 25, 2021
Posted 3/31/21

Dear Miller Creek Middle School Families,

 

Guidance for schools is changing rapidly and we find ourselves in a pivotal time. Click here to view a webinar from Marin Public Health to more fully understand this context. As we’ve opened our schools to greater in-person instruction, we have relied on science, school and community transmission data, mental health data, and stakeholder interests to guide our decision. The county is now in the orange tier, 100% of our staff has had access to the vaccine, and over the recent days, CDC, CDPH and MHHS guidance has aligned to allow for stable groups, extended school days, and a minimum of 3ft physical distancing between students. This is all welcomed news and allows us to safely and confidently increase in-person time on campus. 

 

The 6th grade schedule is our priority as 6th grade students currently have less in-person instruction than our 7th and 8th graders. We are working to extend the length of the 6th grade day so that it will include PE, an elective class, and a lunch break in addition to the academic core classes. We have tentatively scheduled this shift to take place on April 19th but will confirm as soon as possible.

 

We are also analyzing the impact of shifting the 7th and 8th grade 5th and 6th periods, which are currently remote, to on campus. Enrollment in our 5th and 6th period classes range from 6-31 students. We believe that the new 3-feet physical distancing guidance from CDC and local Public Health would allow for this return but are still working through the details. Welcoming 5th and 6th periods back to campus would also include a lunch break. If we are able to extend the 7th and 8th grade in-person day, we are looking at a mid to late April transition. Again, we will confirm as soon as possible.

 

The district is making arrangements to shift lunch service from a weekly meal kit to daily delivery at the school site and anticipates initiating several home to school bus routes in the weeks ahead. Bargaining with our labor partners is underway and we hope to reach a tentative agreement soon with the Miller Creek Educators Association. 

 

Students enrolled in Miller Creek 100% Remote Pathway classes will continue with their distance learning program for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

 

Please take a moment to take this short family survey by Wednesday, March 31st at 12:00pm to provide feedback and confirm a shared interest in extending the in-person instructional day at Miller Creek Middle School.

 

Thank you,

Becky Rosales | Superintendent

Kristy Treewater | Assistant Superintendent

Tenisha Tate-Austin | Miller Creek Middle School Principal

Derek Lecy | Miller Creek Middle School Assistant Principal