Monte Rio School
Surrounded by nature, on the edge of a forest, with real grass in its field, Monte Rio Union School is a beautiful gem in the west county. We are an inclusive K-8 school, for anyone in the Guerneville - Monte Rio - Cazadero area! Monte Rio School is small, providing lots of time for one on one time for students with their teachers. We have a brilliant garden, providing delicious and nutritious food for all grades. And lastly, we are very community involved, with fundraisers, shows, and occasional plays.
Hello Monte Rio families,
I hope everyone is managing this difficult time with grace and poise. I know this is a very difficult time and not expected to get much better any time soon. Thank you so much for hanging in there and supporting your children's learning during this unprecedented time. I am happy to see most of the students are working with their teachers in some capacity and keeping their skills sharp. Our teachers are working hard to deliver the best instruction possible given the circumstances. We have had multiple meetings together and a couple different training sessions to help us out. I know it is not perfect but we are getting better and will continue to do so.
Although we are still under Executive Orders to shelter in place and keep schools suspended, there have been some recent high level conversations with the state and county officials that I would like to keep you posted on.
1) The Governor's Executive Order lists criteria that must happen before the Stay At Home order is lifted or modified:
The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed
The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19
The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges
The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand
The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing
The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary
2) It certainly looks as if school will look drastically different if and when we start back up in August. Some ideas that have been mentioned are:
Stagger class times - Half the class attends school from 8:30-11:30 the other half attends from 12:15-3:15
Everyone one on campus wears a mask
Everyone has their temperature checked as they enter campus
Parent volunteers are asked to volunteer from home
Recess times are staggered to limit physical proximity
Distance Learning continues
3) Although California has done a very good job in attempting to flatten the curve, there are predictions that we may not reach the peak for another month. There is also real fear that people will begin to disobey the Stay at Home order and create a 2nd wave of infections. My hope is that we actually begin to see a decline in cases and are able to start school on time in August. Unfortunately, there is little data to analyze, testing is very limited (and not real accurate) and we may be years away from a vaccine. Because of all of the "unknowns", the County Health, County Office of Education and State are not able to develop guidelines or timelines for the schools yet. The safety of our students and staff are our biggest priority and until we are able to keep people safe and follow the Executive Orders, Monte Rio School will not open.
4) On a happier note, we are working on plans for an 8th grade promotion. Mrs. B. is tirelessly working to make this ceremony as special as any, even if it looks different than the others.
5) Mrs. Saxe and Miss Libbey are doing a fabulous job with the food donations on Mondays. We have only 4 more deliveries available to us but we have just recently partnered with the Bohemian Grove to increase the food amounts during the last 3 Mondays. They have donated $1000 so that we can purchase cereal, milk and other food. If you see Jim Daniel or any other member of the Grove around town, please thank them (from a safe distance)!
Be safe, I will continue to update when more information becomes available.
Public Hearing for MRUSD School Budget 20-21
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Public Session 6PM via ZOOM Virtual Meeting.
(contact firstname.lastname@example.org for link)
Past Agenda (May)
Is currently done for the year.