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  • Leader of Leaders for Racial Equity Transformation Seminar Series

    The Leader of Leaders seminar series is designed to help educators deconstruct often unconscious personal biases and beliefs, develop the knowledge and skills to challenge them when they arise, thereby moving closer to systemic equity transformation.  Educators will engage in a series of personally reflective exercises, thought provoking dialogue and race-centered instruction supporting their ability to serve as equity leaders in their school communities.  Please refer to the attached flyer for registration and other information about this series.

    Confronting Online Antisemitism

    If you were able to join the Confronting Online Antisemitism conversation webinar on Thursday, October 1st, thank you for joining. If you were unable to join and would like to view the recording, it is now available – here is the link. All resources discussed throughout the webinar are here.

    We are glad to share that this meaningful work will continue! Through partnership with Jewish Family & Children’s Services Holocaust Center and the Anti-Defamation League, we are offering a series of trainings for students, school staff and parents. Attached are the flyers in both English and Spanish with the information.

    Thank you for sharing these opportunities with your school communities.

    September 15, 2020 - Marin County Moved to Tier 2 "Substantial" Risk Category in State COVID-19 Response Framework

    Marin County has moved into the Tier 2 “substantial” risk category in the state’s COVID-19 response framework. Please refer to the Marin Moves to Tier 2 of Economic Reopening press release from September 15, 2020.

    This allows all of our schools to reopen site-based classroom instruction on September 29th under the 30 Point Guideline plan.  The importance of following all safety protocols and procedures in the plan are critical to this process. To maximize the health and safety of staff and students, the completion of the School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSSPP) is required for all district offices and school sites. The files in different formats follow here:  

    Instructions for Download and Use
    -Adobe Fillable PDF
    -Word Document
    -Google Drive Doc

    Over the last several months, Dr. Matt Willis and Dr. Lisa Santora have led us through various discussions and trainings to support the return to site-based instruction. Here are just a few of the trainings to take note of:

    • September 3, 2020 Public Health Update to Schools
      • 5:32 Mark – New Framework (Tier System) Announced by State
      • 9:50 Mark – Key Features of new framework – Two weeks in Tier 2, schools may return to site based instruction
      • 11:00 Mark – Responsive, may tighten and become more restrictive
      • 16:25 Mark – Waiver required when in Tier 1
    • Comprehensive Public Health Update and reviewed the 30 Point Guideline plan on August 12th (link to training video here – review of 30 points starts at 19:50);
    • Public Health Site Liaison Training;

    The California Department of Public Health’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy identifies when schools may re-open for in person instruction:


    Schools may reopen for in-person instruction based on equivalent criteria to the July 17th School Re-opening Framework (PDF) previously announced. Schools are eligible for reopening at least some in-person instruction following California School Sector Specific Guidelines once the county is out of Tier 1 (and thus in Tier 2)  for at least 14 days, which is similar to being off the County Data Monitoring List for at least 14 days.  As noted above, an LHJ (Local Health Jurisdiction) may continue to implement or maintain more restrictive public health measures if the local health officer determines that health conditions in that jurisdiction warrant such measures.

    As stated in the July 17th School Re-opening Framework (PDF), schools are not required to close if a county moves back to Tier 1, but should consider surveillance testing of staff. 

    If you have any questions, please visit our Rethinking Schools’ website that has all of the documents, videos on trainings, and other resources for returning students to site-based classroom instruction. You can also email

    Thanks for all you do!