RVSD Updates: 3.18.22

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March 18, 2022

The RVSD Updates 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.

How to Talk to Kids About Ukraine

Dates Ahead

Every day, we are seeing and hearing upsetting images and stories of the continued conflict in Ukraine. Violence and conflict is difficult and stressful to process for all of us; our children often may not have the understanding, or the language, to make sense of tragic events like these. Fortunately, there are many resources available to support parents/guardians with these conversations at home.

One such resource is a webinar held on 3/2/22 - Empathizing with Tragedy: How to Talk to Kids about Conflict & War. If you were not able to join, please see a link to the video and the resources shared here. The presenters who provided such valuable insight and information were:

  • Jamie Nuñez, Bay Area Regional Manager for Common Sense Media
  • Julie Kurtz, Founder of Center for Optimal Brain Integration® 
  • Emily Gerber, Ph.D., Mental Health Services Director, Kaiser Permanente

Here's another resource you may find useful from Plinkit: How to Talk to Your Kids About Ukraine.

4.12:Board of Trustees Meeting
Superintendent's Chats 
3.23: Manor 8:30-10am; Library
3.29: White Hill 9:30-11am; Library
4.19: Hidden Valley 8:20-9:50am; Music Room
4.21: Wade Thomas 8:30-10am; Library
4.25:Brookside 8:45-10:15; Multipurpose Room 
New Student Registration

Sign up for a school tour:

3.1-4.1: Interdistrict Transfer Request Window

Health and Wellness

Student Survey: We have partnered with Panorama Education to develop surveys for students in 3rd - 8th grades to gauge how they are doing in the realms of connectedness to school, engagement in learning, feelings of acceptance and respect on campus, and relationships with peers and staff. Students will be taking these surveys in their classrooms over the next few weeks. The results will help us better understand our areas of strength and also where we need to focus our energies to ensure that all of our students feel supported, safe, accepted, and engaged.

Masking: Along with the good news of COVID case rates declining in Marin County, we know there are wide-ranging emotions around changes in health and safety protocols. One major change in our landscape this week has been the implementation of the new health guidelines around masking - from mandated to strongly recommended. We recognize that our students might be feeling things they don’t always communicate, so our sites have implemented a number of measures to support them. White Hill conducted a student survey asking if they wanted extra Counseling support as to how to cope with these changes; this was also shared in the weekly newsletter The Wildcat Wrap. At the elementary sites, supports have included:

  • Info sent prior asking parents to discuss with their children
  • Discussing new masking option as a classroom community, asking children to check in with family
  • In Community Circles, discussing respect for individual choice: explaining that there may be different reasons for someone wanting to continue to wear a mask inside (and what those might be: new baby, older relative, comfort, etc.)
  • As appropriate, relating to other personal choices: clothes, hairstyles, bathrooms, friendships, etc.

Social/Emotional Learning: During the week of March 21 at White Hill, Sam Drazin of Changing Perspectives will be Zooming into classrooms to share a little bit about his life story and touch upon issues around empathy, inclusion, respect, and being different. Sam was born with mandibulofacial dystosis, the same condition that Auggie from the story Wonder has. He travels the country talking to thousands of students. Sam’s message will help us take further action to make our White Hill community a kind and accepting place for everyone. Here is a short video about Sam to learn more: https://vimeo.com/387455904

Parent Education: The final installment of the Raising Healthy Family series, hosted by the Marin County Office of Education and the Community Institute for Psychotherapy, will be taking place on Thursday, March 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The presentation titled "Empowered Parenting: How Changing Your Role Can Change Your Kids," led by Michelle Bonsignore, MS, LMFT, is free and open to the public. To register please visit  https://cipmarin.org/support-cip/raising-healthy-families-2022/ or call (415) 459-5999 ext. #101

Fentanyl Crisis - Student Call to Action March 29 
A group of student journalists from our Marin County high schools gave a compelling presentation and an urgent call to action at the January School Law Enforcement Partnership (SLEP) about the Fentanyl crisis in Marin County and how we are losing young people to tragic overdoses.  Join these students at a Community Meeting from 6:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, March 29 to hear directly from these students about specific actions they are urging we take as a community to prevent future tragedies. Please see attached fliers in English and Spanish for details and the zoom link or click here.

Additionally, with the support of Rx Safe Marin, the Marin County Office of Education has received a grant from the State of California’s Department of Health Care Services for an allocation of Narcan to public high schools, middle schools and K-8 schools. This is a lifesaving medication that can be used during an opioid overdose; RVSD health staff will be participating in the program to receive training.

Crisis Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention Life Line: 800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line:  Text HOME to 741741
  • Marin County Crisis Text Line:  Text MARIN to 741741
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQQIA+): Text “START” to 678678 or Call (866) 488-7386 (Open 24/7)
  • Marin Mobile Crisis Unit (415) 473-6666

RVSD Equity Work: Parent Education, Part II 

On Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:30 we will present "part two" of our parent education event, Are You Raising an Anti-racist. The evening will feature a community dialogue that takes an interactive approach to helping caregivers and their school community work in partnership to reinforce and strengthen anit-racist behaviors at home and at school - together. This engaging workshop will provide a sample roadmap and framework for caregivers and a school-wide approach. Join us in practicing "What I could do and say when my child..." and in sharing and listening to the multiple perspectives and lived experiences that make up our RVSD community.

The evening will be facilitated by Charmaine Pattinson, Founder of Plinkit and Quise Rodriguez a Leadership Coach and Facilitator at Leverage to Lead.

More information on the event will be provided in the coming weeks.

February 8 and March 8, 2022 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Recordings

  • For the February 8, 2022, Board of Trustees Regular meeting recording, click here, and for the meeting agenda, click here.

  • For the March 8, 2022, Board of Trustees Regular meeting recording, click here, and for the meeting agenda, click here.

  • For recordings of past meetings, click here.

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Recording the March 9 Public Health Update for the School Community

In case you were unable to attend last Wednesday’s Public Health Update, we invite you to watch the recorded presentation:

Revised State and County Public Health Guidance for TK-12 Schools

Symptoms and Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines

Please remember that if any symptoms develop, even if mild:

Reporting All COVID Tests Results to Primary Health

ALL tests done at home for students and staff should be reported to Primary Health. This includes home tests provided by the school or those purchased/obtained elsewhere. Please report both positive and negative results. Doing so will ensure we can continue to provide tests to students and staff through the CDPH School Covid-19 testing program. If you have not yet registered in Primary Health, you may do so by clicking here. Contact covidresponse@rossvalleyschools.org if you have questions or need assistance.

Anyone who is NOT a student or staff member in RVSD, should use the Marin County Self-test Reporting form for reporting at-home Covid test results.

Vaccination Opportunities in Marin

  • Visit the Vaccine Finder webpage to view available clinics and schedule an appointment. Remember, vaccine recipients between the ages of 5 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a vaccine.

  • If you are unable to find a vaccination clinic open at a time that works with your schedule, more options for COVID-19 vaccine clinics are available by visiting California Department of Public Health’s MyTurn COVID and flu vaccination scheduling website.

  • Once your child has received their 2nd shot in the series, please provide a copy of the vaccination record to your child’s school office. If you wish to decline to provide your child’s vaccination record, please let your child’s school office know that.

Testing Opportunities in Marin & FREE COVID-19 At-Home Tests

  • Click here for testing resources in Marin County.

  • Earlier this year, the U.S. government began a campaign to make at-home COVID-19 tests more accessible to the public. If you’ve used up your complimentary supply, or weren’t aware of the initial promotion, place your order for four free COVID-19 tests by visiting COVIDtests.gov. You’ll receive them in the mail. Please note: There is a limit of two orders per household, equating to eight total at-home tests. If you need help placing an order for your at-⁠home tests, please call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). Every household in the U.S. is eligible for this promotion, so take advantage today.

  • Health Insurance providers must reimburse for the cost of up to eight at home tests per month (work with your healthcare provider additional for details).

Returning from Out-of-State / International Travel Guidance

Travel out of state or international travel ALL TK-12 students, children in child care, and vaccinated staff  Test on Day 4 after return May stay in school and should test on Day 4 after returning home.
Travel out of state or international travel Unvaccinated staff Quarantine at home; Test on Day 4 after returning home Advised to quarantine at home, may return to school with a negative test on Day 4.
Employment Opportunities in RVSD
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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).
For more information about all open positions and how to register as a certificated substitute, visit RVSD’s Human Resources webpage
or contact Lori Ross, HR Coordinator at 415-451-4063 or lross@rossvalleyschools.org
Marin County Equity & Wellness Resources

This section includes information about upcoming events, training, and resources offered in Marin County to support students and families.

Confronting Antisemitism virtual workshops March 30, presented by Jewish Family and Children’s Services and in collaboration with the Marin County Office of Education. To learn more and to register, visit: https://holocaustcenter.jfcs.org/holocaust-events/confronting-online-antisemitism/

Other Opportunities in February and March:

  • Talk Saves Lives - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers an introduction to Suicide Prevention for Educators and Community Members. Talk Saves Lives is a presentation that will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide. Participants will learn the common risk factors for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones and those in our community safe. We will also provide a session focused on the LGBTQ+ community, identifying risk factors and how to spot the warning signs in others.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults to Support Youth - Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges and 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.
  • Question. Persuade. Refer.Help Play a Role in SuicidePrevention! Sign up for this 1-hour FREE online, self-directed Suicide Prevention and Awareness Training.
    1. Navigate to: http://qprtraining.com/setup.php
    2. Enter the organization code: MCDHHS
    3. Select: Create Account
    4. Complete and submit registration form
    5. QPR will display and email the newly created Username and Password.
    6. Login to begin using the provided username and password at https://qprtraining.com/

      Click Here for a Link to the Flyer to Register
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Skill Samurai (After School STEM Education) Center in Fairfax

At Skill Samurai we believe that children should have access to a fun inspiring curriculum that prepares them for the future. In this day in age, students are being consumed by devices and technology. We are helping kids channel their technology obsession and turn it into something that actually helps them explore and understand and even possibly turn it into a thriving career after high school.

Marin children ages 7-16 can look forward to visiting the new Skill Samurai center, at 725 Center Blvd. in Fairfax, to learn how to code using Scratch, Roblox, and Minecraft, make video games, program robots, and make Youtube videos in a safe inclusive environment. We offer three levels of monthly memberships starting at $199/Month.

You can sign up for a free trial coding class at https://www.skillsamurai.com/free-trial-class.

Skill Samurai is also offering a full line up of summer camps. Every week is a different theme. This summer we are offering programs in Roblox, Minecraft, Game Design, and Robotics. Visit https://skillsamurai.com/MarinCounty/summer-camps.


Legarza Basketball Camp - See attached flyer or click here
North Bay Basketball Academy - See attached flyer or click here
WildCare’s Summer Wildlife Camp - See attached flyers or click here (Spanish version)