October 14, 2021
This past Tuesday, the Ross Valley Board of Trustees held their first in-person board meeting since the pandemic began in March 2020. The highlight of the evening was the recognition of our new employees, our newly tenured certificated staff, and our employees who have reached district-employment milestones. Although not all of our employees who were recognized were able to be present, we were thrilled to have such a large turn out and to celebrate them in person.
The RVSD Updates are our way to provide information to our RVSD community from the Departments of Superintendent, Fiscal Services, Curriculum and Instruction, Food Service, Human Resources, Maintenance and Operations, Student Services, and Technology. The Updates also include a Community News section at the end that include non-district/school related activities that may be of interest to our students or parents/guardians are in accordance with Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1325 Advertising and Promotion.
This year, our districtwide priorities are to delve deeper into our equity work, refine our multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) in academics and social/emotional/wellness, and continue to implement health and safety protocols to ensure each student thrives academically, socially, and emotionally. Our LCAP goals and budget allocations reflect our priorities. And, with one-time COVID relief funds from state and federal governments and outlined in our Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) Plan. All 3 priorities are interconnected, and all of us, from the District Office to each of our school sites, are all focusing on the same priorities.
This Update includes opportunities related to social/emotional health and wellness as well as some student activities in the Community News section. Our next update will focus on another of our District priorities, specifically our racial equity work.
10.20: 5-11 year olds vaccination forum - Spanish with English translation: 6 PM via Zoom (see details in left column)
10.26: The “as needed” Regular RVSD Board Meeting will not be held
10.28: White Hill Preview Night 6:00-8:00pm for rising 6th graders
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training 10.16.21
In partnership with Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS), Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) is hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid training for teaching adults how to help adolescents. This FREE training is scheduled for Saturday, October 16 from 8:30am-5:00pm at the Marin County Office of Education (1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael). Lunch will be provided.
Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course – including teachers, parents/guardians, leaders of faith communities, service providers, first responders and caring citizens. This course is not intended for trained mental health providers.
Youth Mental Health First Aid training:
- Teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth;
- Gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out providing initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and helps connect them to the appropriate care.
- Teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.
Registration: https://www.marinhhs.org/form/mental-health-first-aid-training-youth-4. (Flyer is attached)
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is again partnering with the Marin County Office of Education to provide our school community with Talk Saves Lives suicide prevention presentations during the 2021-2022 school year.
Below and attached are the upcoming dates and registration information.
Talk Saves Lives - All sessions are virtual and run from 11:00am–12:00 pm
DATES (Choose One):
- Wednesday, October 20, 2021
- Wednesday, November 17, 2021
- Wednesday, December 15, 2021
- Wednesday, January 19, 2022
- Wednesday, February 16, 2022
- Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Talk Saves Lives with an LGBTQ+ Focus:
- Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Gatherings and Out-of-State Travel Quarantine Guidance
As we move into colder weather and the holiday season, gatherings are likely to move indoors. The Marin County Quarantine Guidance for TK-12 Schools, Child Care, Youth Programs/Activities, and Household/Community Exposures, (Updated 10/4/21) outlines the protocols related to a variety of activities.
Forum on Vaccinations for 5-11 year-olds
Reminder of Upcoming Webinar Forums with Q&A sessions for Parents/Guardians
This past Wednesday, Marin County Office of Education hosted the first of two forums on Zoom to address the topic of pediatric vaccinations. With approval of COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11 pending in the United States, a panel of local Public Health Officials has been assembled to help address concerns from our community regarding the issue. Both webinars are FREE to attend and are available to anyone who wants to know more about pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations.
Speakers of this virtual discussion include:
- Dr. Matt Willis, Public Health Officer for Marin County
- Dr. Theodore Ruel, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UCSF
- Dr. Tara Greenhow, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Kaiser
- Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent of Marin County Schools
Discussion #2: Presented in Spanish with English translation available.
- When: Wednesday, October 20th at 6:00pm.
- Submit questions here: RapidResponse@marinschools.org
- Zoom Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85111856745?pwd=b2JPcXNiNzdka2hxRnVpTENVcXpBdz09
Dial In: 408-638-0968
Webinar ID: 851 1185 6745
WE NEED YOU!
The Ross Valley School District is also in need of Substitute Teachers. The sub rates are now $190 for a full day ($95 for half day). If you, or someone you know, is interested, Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) will be hosting an in-person Substitute Job Fair on Wednesday, October 20th from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Please register online. More information on the attached flyer.
For the Kids
St. Anselm CYO Basketball (4th-8th Grade)
After last season’s hiatus, we are excited to re-start the program for the upcoming 2021-2022 season of CYO basketball. Registration is now open at https://stanselmcyo.com/ and evaluations will be held in mid-October. Given limited space in the program, please register now to ensure a spot on the team. Practices will begin in November and the season kicks off with the first games scheduled for the weekend of January 8-9, 2022. As always, we are looking for parent volunteers to coach. We are also looking for a parent volunteer to organize the third grade program (instructional league). Contact St. Anselm CYO if interested or with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basketball Leagues and Thanksgiving Camp – please see attached flyer
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