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Vallecito News
Posted 1/3/21

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 4: All K-5 Students Return to Hybrid Instruction
  • Jan. 6: Home & School Club Meeting (9:15)
  • Jan. 7: Site Council Meeting (3:30)
  • Jan. 13: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Meeting (4:00)
  • Jan. 18: MLK Holiday


Hello Vallecito-


We are so excited to welcome all of our Vallecito K-5 children back to hybrid, in-person instruction on Monday, January 4th!  We understand this is a new experience for some of our Wave 4 families and want to reassure you that we are ready for your children, confident in our safety protocols, and eager to bring children back to school. Click the links below for additional resources to guide you through the transition. In addition to a recording of the Hybrid Family Webinar from Dec. 7th, there is a Vallecito specific video, CrisisGo iPass details, a map for Drop off/ Pick up, and the most recent Public Health Decision Tree.  


Thank you for entrusting your children to us. Here's to a hopeful, joyful New Year full of the sounds of children back on campus!


Elizabeth Foehr


VAL Entrance/ Exit by Class

Wave 4 Family Webinar Recording with Q&A

Vallecito Hybrid Video: First Day Details (Wave 3-4) 


iPass Parent Letter (English)

iPass Parent Letter (Spanish)

Frequently Asked Questions


Marin COVID-19 School Decision Tree (Stay at Home Order)

Drop Off/ Pick Up and Rainy Days

It looks like the New Year is bringing some much-needed rain and this can make arrival and dismissal a little trickier.  Even if it is raining, students must report to their assigned line area so we can maintain cohort separation and check health certification.  You can help us in several important ways:

  • * Dress your child for the rain.  


  • *Complete the Crisis Go health check every morning before coming to campus. This will allow us to safely move all students into their classrooms as quickly as possible.


  • *Volunteer to work the Drop Off/ Pick Up Lane


  • *Leave a little early so you have plenty of time to get your child to their assigned area.  Tardy students report to the office as per our usual protocols.




Families who were not able to follow the

 Stay at Home Order MUST (per health department)


Quarantine for 10-days following the risky activity they engaged in




A student may re-enter school on Day 7 with a negative test performed after day 5 (diagnostic molecular rt-pcr tests only) and remain asymptomatic. 


A student who must quarantine at home will receive asynchronous assignments through Google Classroom and/or communication from the teacher. Students absent for more than two consecutive days will receive a live check-in from staff. Absences should be reported to the office daily.


Crisis Go Safety iPass Daily Health Screening

Everything You Need to Know Before Our January 4th Return to In-Person Instruction


  • The primary guardian listed in AERIES will receive a daily email (M-F @ 6:00 am) from CrisisGo called "Student Pre-Visit Certification".
  • This email provides you with a link to a health assessment questionnaire for your student.
  • If you have more than one student in the Miller Creek School District, you will receive one email per student.
  • Click the "Report" button to report your student's health status each morning.
  • In order to fill out the questionnaire accurately, you must first evaluate your child's health which includes taking his/her temperature.
  • It is very important that each family completes the questionnaire by 7:30 am every day, regardless of whether your student is in the AM or PM cohort. 
  • Please note that the CrisisGo health assessment questionnaire is not an attendance report, it is only a health status report, so if your student will be missing school for any reason, please call the office to report the absence. 
  • If your student is ill, keep your student home and we will advise you about the next steps when you call.
  • If your student comes to campus and his/her CrisisGo health survey has not been completed, the office will call you to obtain a health assessment and you will be asked to fill out the report online before your student will be allowed to go to class. Your student will also be assessed by the Health Specialist, including having his/her temperature taken.
  • Tip: Creating this new habit will be easier if you tie it to an existing morning ritual such as putting your laptop next to your bed and checking your email before you get up or checking your email with your first cup of coffee or right before you begin your morning workout.


All the safety videos, including a video about the Safety iPass/CrisisGo health verification, can be found on the district website here.


Community Conversation with Public Health


Save the date for when we return from winter break for a Community Conversation with Public Health on Monday, January 4, 2021 from 1:00pm-2:00pm where we will receive an update from Dr. Willis and Dr. Santora with time at the end for a Q&A.  


Please submit your questions to and share with your school communities.


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Dial In: +1 669-900-6833 | Webinar ID: 831-8443-8863# | Passcode: 289369


The virtual call will be presented in English with live Spanish translation.





Thank you, once again, for your generous support of our third annual Holiday Giving program!


Even amidst a shelter-in place order, we safely managed to fulfill holiday wishes for four families in need. The gifts were delivered to Adopt a Family of Marin for distribution. And, an additional four families received sets of gift cards. Your kindness, generosity and eagerness to support our community really lifted our holiday spirits. 


With gratitude,

- Your Community Heroes Team



Parent & School Community Racial Equity Series


Miller Creek School District hosted Dr. Watson as she engaged participants in the first of four parent seminars on racial equity. Participants were introduced to four agreements to utilize when talking about race:

  1. Commit to the cause
  2. Tell your truth
  3. Lean in to listen and learn
  4. Don’t dodge the discomfort
  5. Resist requiring resolution

Participants identified barriers that prevent open dialogue about race and viewed Being 12 an important video that amplifies the voices of children as they talk about race. Dr. Watson shared The Intersection, a tool that individuals can use when engaging in conversation about race to understand where oneself is and to recognize how others are entering a conversation.

Participants will read Detour Spotting by Jenna Olson in preparation for our next seminar which will be held via Zoom on February 2, from 6:00-7:30.


Want to join us? Register for the remaining three seminars by clicking here


Need Support?

Take advantage of the Mental Health support services and resources through the Marin County Office of Education:

MCOE Mental Health Support & Resources



Free Tutoring Services

The Marin Equality in Education Program (MEEP) is providing free tutoring to families in need via high school students who are looking for community service. We are still looking to expand our network of students/families receiving free, virtual tutoring. The link to the website to sign up is below and you can also call (628)-226-8757 and leave a voicemail with your information.




Parents can access community flyers by visiting the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. 


Vallecito Elementary School

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Front Office: Denise Tosti

Health Specialist: Kristen Geller

Principal: Elizabeth Foehr