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.
Mary Jane Burke
Marin County Superintendent of Schools
Volunteers play an important and valuable role in the Ross Valley School District. Students, teachers, staff, parents and the community benefit when volunteers share their talents, experience and resources. Volunteers support students in a variety of ways, including assisting in the classroom, on the playground and/or during lunch, as field trip drivers and chaperones, at school events, in afterschool activities/sports and a variety of special programs.
Family members may volunteer at a student’s school. For anyone other than a student’s family members who wish to volunteer, please contact Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) to become part of the Marin County School Volunteers (MCSV) program (visit this link for more information http://www.mcsv.org/).
All volunteers must complete a “Volunteer Application” along with written verification from a healthcare provider of negative tuberculosis test within the last 4 years (i.e. skin test or Risk Assessment Questionnaire). Additional requirements apply for those who will be volunteering as field trip drivers and/or chaperones on overnight field trips.
We cannot imagine RVSD without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. On behalf of the students and staff, we appreciate all you give to support our schools!
All volunteers please submit the following to the school office. If you have students attending both an Elementary School and White Hill Middle School, please complete an application for each school.
In addition to the requirements listed in Section 1, the following types of specialized volunteering require the item(s) indicated below:
Field Trip Driver
If you will be volunteering to drive on a field trip, in addition to the items in Section 1 above, please complete and submit the following:
Overnight Field Trip Chaperone
If you will be volunteering to chaperone on an overnight field trip, in addition to the items in Section 1 above, please complete and submit the following: