Covid-19 Mitigation Resources for the 2021-22 School Year
Ross Valley School District’s COVID-19 Mitigation Plan continues to focus on the health and safety of all students, staff and families. Our strategies have been developed and are revised in partnership with Marin County School Guidelines: Public Health Guided Site-Based Classroom Instruction to support a full return to in-person instruction for all students.
This webpage is intended to offer each community member a central location to access information and resources during this continually evolving time. This page (see below and to the left) will remain fluid and responsive to new information from local, regional, state, and federal agencies.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools & Site Safety Plans
Following Marin County School Guidelines: Public Health Guided Site-Based Classroom Instruction, each of our schools and our district office will continue to operate under a Site-Specific Safety Plan (SSSPP) / COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP). Specific information regarding each school campus can be found in their site’s respective plan, originally developed, and revised as needed, by the site’s SSSPP Task Force (teachers, administrators, parents, staff), and reviewed/approved by Marin County Office of Education (MCOE).
COVID-19 Safety Plans
Each site’s COVID Safety Plan is being updated to meet the guidelines for the 2021 - 2022 school year and will be linked below shortly.
- Brookside School
- Hidden Valley School
- Manor School
- Wade Thomas School
- White Hill Middle School
- RVSD District Office
We will continue to follow guidance from our public health partners to ensure that our schools are safe for our students, staff, and families.
Daily Health Screening Reminder
Students and staff are to conduct a daily health screening self-assessment before leaving home and are to stay home when exhibiting the symptoms of any kind of illness, especially any of the symptoms listed below (even if the symptoms are believed to be caused by something other than illness):
- Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
- Loss of smell or taste
- Fever of a 100.4° F or above
- Body ache
- Congestion / runny nose
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
Students who exhibit any symptoms of illness will need to be picked up from school, and the respective decision tree protocols as outlined below will be implemented.
Decision Trees for Schools and COVID Health and Safety Handbook
MHHS has released updated Decision Trees for Schools and a Student & Family Handbook.
- Decision Tree for Vaccinated Students and Staff, effective 8/30/21 (English | Spanish)
- Decision Tree for Unvaccinated Students and Staff, effective 8/30/21 (English | Spanish) As the Unvaccinated Decision Tree explains, there is a “Modified Quarantine” for unvaccinated students who are exposed to a positive case but were fully masked and who do not have symptoms. To minimize student absences, we recommend following the recommended guidelines to wear masks outdoors.
- Student & Family COVID Handbook (English | Spanish)
In the event of exposure at school, we will perform contact tracing in accordance with MHHS guidelines. All affected individuals will receive email communication. MHHS will continue to provide guidance to our schools concerning the need for quarantine or closures.
Mitigation Strategies Continuum
As a community, we need to focus on three main strategies recommended by Marin Health and Human Services (MHHS): Good Hand Hygiene, Getting Vaccinated, and Staying Home when sick. The mitigation strategies we follow at school will depend upon where we are on the Marin County Schools Mitigation Strategies Continuum.
On an ongoing basis, MHHS will determine where we are on the Continuum as well as specific strategies, based on trends in transmission rates, verified vaccination rates, prevalence of new variants, and impacts on Marin County health care systems.
Face coverings are one of the most important preventative practices to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Staff, students, and any school visitors will adhere to the appropriate guidelines. Disposable masks will be available if needed. Face coverings shall not be required if there is a medical or behavioral reason for not wearing a face covering, as verified in writing from a medical professional, member of the school IEP team, or the school counselor.
Like face coverings, frequent hand hygiene is an important preventative practice to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Time for hand hygiene will be scheduled throughout the day including before eating and before returning to the classrooms after out-of-class activities.
Health and Safety Protocols
We will continue to implement our Health and Safety Protocols that were in place during the 2020-2021 school year, including cleaning and disinfecting practices. Staff will continue to have access to cleaning supplies and essential protective equipment.
Shared Materials and Student Interaction
Students will return to school this year with the ability to share classroom materials, supplies, and playground equipment. While in positions A, B, and C on the continuum, students will be able to play together on the playground and interact with students from other classrooms freely at recess. If we are in position D, we would need to return to keeping our students in stable groups.
There is no longer a specific distancing requirement; however, we are required to keep accurate seating charts and attendance records. These records will allow us to work with our public health partners for contact tracing if there is a person who tests positive for COVID-19 at school.
We are working with MCOE, MHHS, and CDPH to provide onsite testing opportunities for symptomatic students and staff. As information about a testing program becomes available, this section will be updated. MHHS is not currently requiring testing of asymptomatic students. For parents/guardians who wish to have their children tested regularly or if they have been exposed, visit MHHS COVID-19 testing resources.
RVSD will comply with all Public Health Orders regarding vaccinations and vaccination status verification. All required reportable data will be posted on the District website by October 1, 2021, and will be updated as required by Marin County Public Health.
Non-essential visitors, including parent volunteers will be limited. Essential workers will be required to adhere to all health and safety guidelines. Any substitutes, contractors, visitors or volunteers working directly with students should be fully vaccinated. For more information about volunteering in our schools, click here.
Again this school year, RVSD will be following Marin Health and Human Services (MHHS) School Guidelines for school operations during the Covid pandemic. As of August 17, 2021, MHHS recommends the following quarantine guidelines following out-of-state travel:
Unvaccinated persons should get tested for COVID-19 with a viral test 5 days after domestic or international travel. They may attend school for in-person instruction if they are asymptomatic. They should quarantine from all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities with the community setting.
Vaccinated persons who travel out of the state/country should test for Covid 3-5 days after return and monitor for 14 days.
Exposure to COVID-19: If there is a known exposure to COVID-19, Ivaccinated and unvaccinated persons should be tested 3-5 days after exposure.
For testing resources in Marin County, visit the MHHS COVID-19 testing page.
- September 10, 2021 COVID-19 Interim Guidance for K-12 School and Youth Performing Arts, Sports and Extracurricular Activities in Marin County
- September 1, 2021 COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year
- September 1, 2021 K-12 Schools Guidance 2021-2022 Questions & Answers
- August 23, 2021 CDPH Requirement for Universal Masking Indoors at K-12 Schools
- July 12, 2021 CDPH COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year
- July 12, 2021 CDPH K-12 school-based COVID-19 testing strategies for school year 2021-22
- July 9, 2021 CDC Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools
- July 20, 2021 What Parents Should Know About the Updated COVID-19 School Guidance
- June 22, 2021 Safely reopening California
- July 27, 2021 CDC Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
- July 29, 2021 California Department of Public Health Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards
- CDC K-12 Guidance on Disabilities or Other Health Care needs
- State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
- July 28, 2021 CDPH - Guidance of the the Use of Face Coverings
- June 15, 2021 CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting your Facility
- CDPH Indoor Air Quality
- June 30, 2021 CDPH Travel Guidance
- May 25, 2021 Marin County School Air Quality Activity Recommendations
- June 21, 20201 Cal/OSHA Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards - What Employers Need to Know About the June 18 Standards
- June 11, 2021 CDPH State Public Health Orders
- June 11, 2021 CDC How to Wear Masks
- CDC Symptoms of COVID-19
- California K-12 School Antigen Testing Program Playbook
- Marin County Schools Mitigation Strategies Continuum 2021-22 School Year
- Public Health References for Rethinking Schools Bibliography