In-Person Learning in 2021-2022
We are incredibly thankful that Mount Tamalpais School was able to provide in-person learning every day for our students in grades K-8 during the 2020-21 school year. As the pandemic evolves, we continue to monitor requirements and adjust our school protocols to continue to provide a safe environment for the entire on-campus community. We want to thank faculty and staff for their continued dedication, flexibility, and hard work in keeping our students learning in person, as well as our MTS families for respecting and following our safety guidelines.
With special attention to COVID-19, MTS is committed to the safety of our entire community of teachers, students, and families.
Community Health & Safety Protocols for the 2021-22 School Year
It is important that all members of our community continue to adhere to evolving health and safety protocols from CDPH and local health authorities as well as those detailed in the MTS COVID Guidelines for 2021-22. Here are a few key requirements and guidelines:
- Keep your child home from school if sick
- Keep your child home from school if exposed to someone with COVID
- Masks: Masks both indoors and outdoors are required for all people on campus, regardless of vaccination status
- Testing: COVID surveillance testing will continue for unvaccinated students
- Travel: All unvaccinated students who travel out of state will need to provide a negative COVID test on day 5. These students may participate in a “modified quarantine”
- Play it Safe: Our younger children still need to be protected from COVID. Optimize outdoor activities for younger children. Wear masks in public indoor spaces and around other households.
- Get Tested: If you feel sick, PLEASE get tested. There have been “break-through” cases in our community, meaning that fully vaccinated people have tested positive for COVID.
- Get Vaccinated if eligible. Vaccinations for children under 12 may be available as soon as late 2021.
Marin County Schools Post-Holiday Return to School COVID Testing Required
Student Vaccination Status
Please update your students' vaccination status on Magnus, and upload their vaccination card when both shots have been completed.
COVID Surveillance Testing for 2021-22
Testing will take place on campus by dedicated staff, outside, at a designated time for each class in the morning. Students will be tested every other week on a bi-weekly testing schedule outlined below.
Upcoming Testing Schedule for Bi-weekly testing
9/28 - Grades 1, 2, 4, 6
10/5 - Grades K, 3, 5, 7, 8
10/12 - Grades 1, 2, 4, 6
10/19 - Grades K, 3, 5, 7, 8
10/26 - Grades 1, 2, 4, 6
11/2 - Grades K, 3, 5, 7, 8
11/9 - Grades 1, 2, 4, 6
11/16 - Grades K, 3, 5, 7, 8
11/30 - Grades 1, 2, 4, 6
12/7 - Grades K, 3, 5, 7, 8
We will be using Color to do Molecular PCR shallow nasal swab testing. This is the type of nasal swab that only goes into the nostril a little bit and students will be able to self-swab. For more information on how the testing will be conducted please see the following resources:
“As the world began to shutter and uncertainty was the only certain, MTS emerged as the constant for our daughter and our family. The ability and willingness of the teachers and administration to so quickly pivot with care and sensitivity to each child is something for which we will be forever grateful. We continue to be in awe of how beautifully MTS came together, giving each student the gift of normalcy during such abnormal times.”
– Kira and Bill Beer, parents of a 2nd grader
“MTS has gone above and beyond in it’s careful and consistent response to COVID-19 and the dedication of the teachers and staff has been outstanding. This has given our family complete confidence that the health and safety of our two middle school boys is a priority, allowing them to return to their daily on-campus in person learning. We are truly grateful.” – Sara Marshall, parent of a 6th & 7th grader
Contact our COVID coordinator, Ariel Levin, email@example.com.
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY BEHAVIOR
Stay home when you are sick.
Wear a mask when on campus, indoors and outdoors.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if not possible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Do not share personal belongings or food with others.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you become sick on campus, follow protocols immediately.
A flu shot is highly recommended.