Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Targeted Assistance Work Session on September 10, 2021
ESSER III expenditure plans need Board approval by October 29, 2021. ESSER III Targeted Assistance Work Session is scheduled for Friday, September 10, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Contact Laura Trahan at email@example.com for details.
AB130 Independent Study during 2021-22 School Year- 30 Days to Sign Agreement
A Local Educational Agency (“LEA”) to obtain a signed written agreement for a student to participate in Independent Study (“IS”) during the 2021-2022 school year. As discussed in more detail below, for the 2021-2022 school year only, LEAs have 30 calendar days from the date of the student’s first day of participation in IS to obtain all required signatures on the IS agreement. This means in the case of a student who starts participating in IS on, for example, October 1, 2021, the LEA will have until October 31, 2021, to obtain the required signatures on the IS agreement. Attached is School & College Legal Services (SCLS) Legal Update Memo .
Avaialble resources: MCOE hosted AB130 New Independent Study Regulations Information Session
Consent for Students for COVID-19 Testing
Consent can be provided by:
- Student's parent ( or other adult legally responsible for the student) for a student under the age of eighteen or
- A student who is at least thirteen years of age.
2021-22 Adopted Budget Review
District Business Services office staff are in the process of reviewing the district's 2021-22 adopted budgets. We expect to provide draft review letters to districts on or about September 13th, with final letters issued by the statutory deadline of September 15. We will continue using the district office address as the board President's address in the letters. However, the letters will continue to be mailed to the board presidents' home addresses. As always, we appreciate as quick a response as possible to ensure we meet the statutory deadline for the final letters.
AB 130 Independent Study
Assembly Bill (AB) 130 eliminates distance learning as an option and provides that all school districts shall offer independent study as an alternative to in-person classroom instruction in the 2021-22 school year. This requirement may be met by entering into interdistrict transfer agreements with another district or by contracting with the County Office of Education. Novato Unified has offered to enter into interdistrict transfer agreements to offer this option to students throughout Marin County and has prepared a memorandum of understanding to that effect. All districts must provide a notice to parents advising them of the option to enroll in independent study. For those districts offering independent study, there are new permanent requirements that will necessitate an update to both board policies and written agreements. MCOE hosted an information session on Independent Study on August 10, 2021 and have posted the presentation materials and recording on the School District Forums webpage.
2020-21 Unaudited Actuals Financial Data
District Business Services has been hosting weekly technical assistance work sessions over the summer on topics related to year-end closing and SACS unaudited data submissions with updates on events that may impact school budgets. The Unaudited Actuals Financial reports are due to the County Office of Education on or before September 15, 2021.
Innovative Learning Team Meeting: September 10, 2021
Note: Past attendance to ILT has been inconsistent by our districts. To create value and drive impact, the Education Services team is taking a new approach to the information we are sharing in the hopes more systems and schools will benefit from material we think is important to have common understandings about. We are expanding the initiation to this group to all Marin administrators. Our goal is to be massively informative and efficient. And the more school leaders who have a deepening understanding of this work the better! Future meetings are scheduled to be virtual--so no need to leave the site.
Marin County Educational Leaders Networks 2021-22 Meeting Schedule
The 2021-22 Marin County Educational Leaders Networks Meeting flyer contains the meeting dates with the Elementary School Principals, Middle School Principals, High School Principals (TBD), English Learners (EL)/Newcomer Coordinators, and ILT-M. Please Join Us!
Dr. Lori Watson Workshops: Elevation 2 Transformation, Deeper Dive and Leaders of Leaders starting in September 2021
Dr Lori Watson will be presenting the Elevation 2 Transformation (E2T) Workshop, Deeper Dive (DD) 2-day Workshop and Leaders on Leaders (LOL) 2-day workshop. The attached flyer provides workshop dates and registration information on the three (3) workshops offered.
Intricate Roots: The Impact of Stress on Learning Behavior 2021-22 Virtual Seminar Series
Participants will walk away with 1) a new lens that helps them better conceptualize students they serves and 2) tools they need to begin shifting how they create supports for themselves and students. Concepts from Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) will be used in this presentation. See the attached flyer for meeting dates and registration information.
Legislation / JLAC
In response to the Center for Disease Control’s (“CDC”) July 27, 2021 updated masking recommendations, which generally recommends wearing a mask indoors in public areas, and the surge in Delta variant cases, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued updated “Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings” on July 28, 2021. The primary updates were to require or recommend “universal” masking indoors statewide, regardless of vaccination status, and to reference new requirements for unvaccinated workers in high-risk settings, in the State Health Officer Order dated July 26, 2021.
On July 26, 2021, the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) issued its decision in AFSCME v. Regents of the University of California, PERB Decision No. 2783.1 The case involved two unions representing classified employees of the University of California (“UC”) system. The unions challenged the UC’s decision to implement a system-wide requirement that all employees and students “living, learning or working” on a UC campus receive the influenza vaccine. The unions alleged that the UC violated its duty to negotiate the decision to implement the policy, as well as the effects of the decision.
On August 11, 2021, California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued a State Public Health Officer Order (“Order”) for all public and private K-12 schools to verify whether their workers are vaccinated. This Order applies to all public and private schools serving students in transitional kindergarten through grade 12, but does not apply to home schools, child care, or higher education. The Order goes into effect on August 12, and all schools must be in full compliance by October 15. Employees who are not fully vaccinated must be tested at least once a week.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Requirement for Universal Masking Indoors at K-12 Schools
August 23, 2021 Letter
Letter from the Director and State Public Health Officer, Dr. Thomás Aragón, which emphasizes the need for universal masking within K-12 Schools. The Letter addresses:
The Legal Requirements for Schools to Implement Universal Masking;
- Scientific Evidence Strongly Supports Universal Masking in K-12 Schools as Necessary to Protect the Health and Safety of Students, Staff, and Families, Particularly in the Face of the Delta Variant;
- Schools Face Substantial Legal, Financial, and Other Risks if They Do Not Follow Mandatory Universal Masking Directive; and
- Opposition to Mask Requirements Is Based on Misinformation
A Local Educational Agency (“LEA”) to obtain a signed written agreement for a student to participate in Independent Study (“IS”) during the 2021-2022 school year. As discussed in more detail below, for the 2021-2022 school year only, LEAs have 30 calendar days from the date of the student’s first day of participation in IS to obtain all required signatures on the IS agreement. This means in the case of a student who starts participating in IS on, for example, October 1, 2021, the LEA will have until October 31, 2021, to obtain the required signatures on the IS agreement.
Who can provide consent for a student to be tested for COVID-19? Consent can be provided by:
- A student’s parent (or other adult legally responsible for the student) for a student under the age of eighteen; or
- A student who is at least thirteen years of age.
On August 23, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued its “Requirement for Universal Masking Indoors at K-12 Schools.”1 The CDPH states: “To be clear: failure to enforce the mask requirement breaches not only a legal duty, but also the first and foremost duty of every school leader—to protect students.” Frequently Asked Masking Questions included in this update.
Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP)
2021-22 Amended Local Control & Accountability Plans (LCAPs) Due to COE no later than September 15, 2021
The Marin County Office of Education LCAP Review Team continues its work on the review and approval process of district LCAPs. The review process has been completed and we have conducted technical assistance sessions with all districts regarding revisions needed prior to the County Superintendent’s approval. Amended, board approved LCAPs are due no later than September 15, 2021, in order for us to move forward with budget approvals. Support from our LCAP Team is at the ready to assist you through your amendments. Contact Laura Trahan at firstname.lastname@example.org if assistance is needed.
2021-22 Local Control & Accountability Plans District Work Sessions Schedule - Save the Dates
Marin County Office of Education LCAP Review Team have scheduled district work sessions on the following dates from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Topics to be discussed during each work session are forthcoming.
- October 28, 2021
- December 8, 2021
- January 26, 2022
- March 3, 2022
- March 24, 2022
- April 28, 2022
SchoolsRule is celebrating its 10th year raising funds for every child in every public school throughout Marin. Each year funds are distributed to the school foundations (or school district) on a per student basis and are to be used in the areas of literacy, arts, technology and health. This year, the SchoolsRule Distribution event is being held at the Marin's Community School courtyard, at 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael. Join us as we celebrate ten remarkable years!
Special Education / SELPA
Multi-Tier Support System (MTSS) For Struggling Readers & Students with Dyslexia - September 9th 3:30 p.m.: Session 1- Identifying Struggling Readers & Three Success Factors for Effective Multi-Tier Support System/Response to Intervention in Reading Instruction
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Making Meetings Work: 4 part training series for Educators and Administrators:
Part 1 September 13th 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (virtual)
Part 2 September 27th 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.(virtual)
Tips & Tools for Having a Positive and Collaborative Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Meeting - September 30th 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (virtual)
Legal - School and College Legal Services: Best Practices in Assessment Associated with Emotional Disturbance and Educational Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) - September 21st 9:00 a.m. (in person)