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Marin Public Schools Close October 13, 2017


October 12, 2017


Marin County Public Schools Close Due to Staffing Impact from Regional Wildfires


Marin County school districts have decided to close schools on Friday, October 13 as a result of a variety of challenges related to the wildfires regionally.


More than 1,000 Marin school employees live in the northern counties affected by the wild fires. We know that our community resources are being stretched including the ability of staff to report to work as well as the emotional stress on people impacted by the fires directly or indirectly.


"We have been in close contact with our districts and have considered a variety of options in the best interest of our students and staff," said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools, "We think it is very important that the school districts countywide provide a consistent message and we feel that we need to support our staff, families and community as a whole. Our hearts go out to the families who are facing these devastating circumstances."


School related sports activities countywide have been canceled through the weekend as a result of poor air quality. Advice from the Marin County Public Health Officer is for people to remain indoors with limited physical exertion.


Several school sites throughout the county have been identified and are prepared to serve as evacuation shelters tomorrow and potentially into the future if needed.


College of Marin and Dominican University of California will also be closed on Friday.


Schools will plan to return to normal operations on Monday.

Press Release - School Closure

Press Release - School Closure Spanish


Be Track SMART

The SMART train is officially running! We want our students and community members to stay safe around the tracks. SMART has developed a track safety website at​ to help our community understand how to stay safe. Included are age appropriate safety videos​. Be safe and enjoy the ride!

Safe Routes to School Marin County

Marin County is so fortunate to be a leader in supporting Safe Routes to Schools for our students through the support of our community partners at the Transportation Authority of Marin and Safe Routes to School Marin County. All public, private, parochial, and independent schools are strongly encouarged to particpate in the annual spring and fall surveys, which help to gather data to support ongoing efforts to increase green trips and active trips. Click here for futher information on how you can get involved.

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Suicide Prevention - Concerns about "13 Reasons Why"

In an effort to educate parents and our community about media available to our young students, the Tamalpais Union High School District distributed the following message related to the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" which includes graphic depictions of bullying, sexual assault, rape and suicide. This series in particular has raised concerns related to the potential for "copycat" incidents and potentially serving as a trigger for those students who may have had similar experiences involving sexual assault, bullying, etc.

The letter includes a variety of resources and signs of distress that may be helpful to families.

13 Reasons Why - Suicide Prevention Community Ltr

13 Reasons Why - Suicide Prevention Community Ltr. Spanish


 Parents: Be the Voice for a Safe and Successful Future

By Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools

March 12, 2017

Less than a year ago, Central Marin Police intercepted a planned excursion by a group of teenagers that could have ended in tragedy. A teen-rented party bus, containing 30 containers of hard alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs, was prevented from taking its planned six-hour tour with the under aged crowd.  Recently, the driver of the bus, who was arrested for possession of his own drug paraphernalia and a switchblade, pled guilty to misdemeanor charges.

The “closure” of this incident is a strong reminder that our community must remain vigilant in educating our teens about the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse. Parents must take a strong stance to protect their teens from making irresponsible decisions that could end tragically. While I know that many people may think that “teens will be teens,” but I hate to think about what could have happened if those “silly” teens had continued on their party bus journey. Parents must establish an open dialogue with their kids about the dangers and consequences of alcohol and drugs. They should know who their child’s friends are and their child’s whereabouts. Invading your child’s privacy is your job and your duty…whether it’s in cyberspace or the real world…you could be the key to preventing a false move or tragedy.