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.

School is currently out for the summer.

Kindergarten registration is currently open.

School will start Monday, August 17th! Please vote at the following poll for your family's preferred option! (Google form below Mr. Myers letter)

COVID-19 Updates

June 8, 2020

Dear Families,

Although it seems like the school year just ended, the 2020-2021 school year begins on August 17th. As you can imagine, our return to school will be like no other year, and planning for such a year is an incredible undertaking. We know there is immense worry on the part of parents, students, and staff related to health and safety on campus, as well as the need to provide the high-quality teaching and learning experience Monte Rio School is known for.

The following are links to resources we are using to maintain safety as we plan our return to school:

• State of California guidance (Resilience Roadmap)

• California Department of Education guidance (Stronger Together guide)

• Sonoma County Public Health Services guidance (SoCo Emergency)

• Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE: Map to Safe Reopening)

Our focus is on determining the best scenario to provide:

• Adherence to public health guidelines and safety of staff and students

• Optimal learning opportunities for all students

• Support for our most in-need students

• Social emotional support for student needs

In developing guidelines focused on safety, hygiene, logistics, and operations, we have the following goals:

• Decrease COVID -19 from entering campus and transmission

• Identify COVID-19 cases in a timely manner,

• Provide resources for parents, students, and staff on protocols for reopening safely

Monte Rio School has been working in preparation to ensure safe and clean campuses. We are:

· Providing hand sanitizer stations, non-contact thermometers and signage to remind folks to maintain 6 ft distances from others.

· We are also gathering Personal Protective Equipment or PPE for students and staff.

· Updating our cleaning protocols and procedures for proper sanitization of all equipment, furniture and facilities for custodial, teachers, and other staff members.

· Using our outdoor areas for instruction as much as possible.

· Students/Staff will be expected to follow the most current guidelines from the

* Following Sonoma County Public Health Department on mask use.*

Our priorities are to have students on campus as much as possible while still complying with the required safety guidelines and still allow options for students and families based on comfort with safety protocols. With fall health and safety guidelines currently unknown and the health situation potentially changing rapidly during the school year, we are developing multiple scenarios that allow our school to adjust during the year as the guidelines get more or less restrictive.

Return to School Options

Results from our parent and student surveys sent in May show that parents and students are divided on preferences in school models for the start of the school year. The following are the 3 scenarios we are planning for:

Option 1: A return to school that allows for social distancing in classrooms. In this model, students will be on campus all day, every day with Social Distancing, Masks and Hygiene protocols among many other details that will ensure students are safe. Classrooms will be called a Cohort. Each cohort will remain distant from all other cohorts throughout the day.

Option 2: A full Distance Learning program for all students. This would be more intense than during our Spring school suspension. This model may also happen if we begin with Option 1 but have to pivot due to Covid-19.

Option 3: The Independent model will also be offered to families that do not feel comfortable sending their child to school or for students with autoimmune issues.

Timeline: We have developed the following timeline for further development of our reopening plans, informing parents and staff and gaining further feedback from our community:

· June 22- July 15: Covid Committee will review proposed plans from surveys and updates from Public Health Department to determine best scenario for start of school.

· July 8: Notify staff and families of preliminary plans for reopening school

· July 16th or 17th: Whole staff Professional Development on upcoming school year

· July 20 – 24th: Special Board meeting to approve School Reopening Plans and Presentation to the community

· Week of August 10th: Staff member return to classrooms to prepare for the following week

· Aug. 17th: First day of school

NOTE: Conditions related to COVID-19 are likely to change throughout the summer. These plans are based on what we know as of this week. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through these uncharted waters.


Nate Myers

Copy: Detailed letter with reasoning

Newsletter: None for summer!

Board Meetings:

Public Hearing for MRUSD School Budget 20-21

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Public Session 6PM via ZOOM Virtual Meeting.

(contact for link)

Public Hearing Notice

20-21 Proposed Budget

Agenda (June)

Past Agenda (May)

Site Council:

Is currently done for the year.

School Calendar: