Community Update

By: Ronan Colliver, Superintendent, Brisbane School District, rcolliver@brisbanesd.org

According to California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, San Mateo County is doing much better than most regions in our country at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Our statistics held steady from last week and we are now in our third week of being in the moderate range. It is my belief that this is happening because, as a community, we are doing the most basic of precautions. We are wearing face coverings, we are maintaining social distance, we are washing our hands, and we are avoiding large super spreader events. I urge all of you to continue to follow these guidelines, especially now that more sectors of the economy are opening up. I want to emphasize that even though we may be “done” with this virus and this lifestyle, the virus is not done with us. We must continue to be vigilant and aware of our actions and the actions of our family. Please continue to follow the guidelines that have helped our area make significant strides in reducing the spread of this virus. Let’s continue to be vigilant of our actions in the community and continue to reduce our COVID cases in San Mateo County.
Here in the Brisbane School District we are administering COVID tests weekly to all employees who are on school sites on a weekly basis and monthly for those working from home. I believe that identifying the virus early is a major factor in reducing the spread and I urge you to look into Community Testing information that can be found on the San Mateo County Government web page.
Health Officers from the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma, and the city of Berkeley today issued joint recommendations for staying safe during the holidays. The key recommendation I found in this document was a recommendation that families should self-quarantine for 14 days after travelling out of the Bay Area. I fully understand the difficulty many will have in following the guidelines from these Health Officers as we enter the eighth month since this pandemic has altered our lives. I urge everyone reading this to take the needed precautions, be safe and help reduce your risks of spreading the virus.
The Brisbane School District plans on bringing classes back to our schools on January 19th and 26th. I will be sending out a survey on November 17th that will be used to place students in in-person classes or in a Distance Learning class and the survey will be open until December 4th. On December 14th, the District will inform the families of their children’s schedule and the start date for their class. I want as much information as possible on the type of program we will be able to offer in the District so parents can make the most informed decision. In the event that we have more interested in returning than space allows, the District will prioritize the students based on learning needs.
At the next School Board Meeting on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:15 PM, I will give a presentation and lead a discussion on the District’s Return to School Procedures and a discussion on the Return to School Plan and Parent Survey. All recording of the meetings as well as the final version of the plan and survey will be available after the board meeting on www.brisbanesd.org
Links:
California’s Blueprint: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-
economy/#track-data
Community Testing: https://www.smcgov.org/testing
Joint Health Statement: https://cmo.smcgov.org/recommendations-staying-safe-covid-19-during-holidays
Return to School Procedures: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ag__iPUwWzd3VaQjRRRlI3MR1IpHhbKG/view?usp=sharing

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