March 8, 2021
Dear Lagunitas School District Families,
Our entire Team at the Community Center deeply appreciates the continued support and partnership with the school community throughout this unprecedented year. Our staff at the Community Center is thrilled that our School was able to reopen on March 1st for in-person learning in the afternoons.
At the start of the pandemic, just about a year ago, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center pivoted our services to meet the needs of our community while also complying with important health and safety guidelines. Thank you all for the role that you have played in keeping our community safe. Our primary goal over the last year has been the health and wellness of our community through food security and financial assistance. Through our partnership with the Lagunitas School District we were able to open one of the first drive-through food distribution sites in Marin County. Every Thursday we distribute food to an average of 300 vehicles. Through our partnership with the County of Marin, Marin Community Foundation and generous local contributors we have distributed close to $400,000 in economic support and rental assistance to San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio families who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. Our funding priority has been to families with children and to seniors.
Although we had to shift our focus away from in-person services, we are very committed to the community-based programs that support children, youth, and teens. This letter is to address the childcare questions and concerns that many families have upon the re-entry to school.
The San Geronimo Valley Community Center will be reopening Zoila’s licensed aftercare program for grades TK to 3 as soon as we possibly can. Please note that we will not be open for childcare during the first few weeks of in-person classes at Lagunitas School, as we need some time to assess how to work within the cohort model and transition students from school to aftercare in the safest way. We will follow guidelines mandated by the Department of Public Health and the CDC to ensure the safety of your children and our staff.
When we reopen, we will be using Room 2 (Zoila’s) and the New Room on the upper campus to have ample space for two aftercare cohorts. Aftercare cohorts will be TK, Kindergarten, and 1st grades and another for 2nd and 3rd graders. Upon reopening after-school childcare students will only be able to attend on the days that they are in school. There will be a limit of 12 students per cohort and you will need to sign up and commit to a 4-week block of time. There will not be any drop-ins.
We will be utilizing our wonderful outdoor space as often as possible and will be focusing on physical activity, social-emotional wellness, and student connection within our programs. We understand that this is a big transition and our aftercare programs aim to support your family as you navigate these challenging waters. Our staff is excited to re-enter in the safest way possible and to get children outside and playing again.
Our LOFT after-school programs for grades 4th-8th will not be starting immediately. Following a successful reopening for grades TK to 3, we will next focus on after-school programming for grades 4 to 8. These programs will take into account the feedback that we received from parents through our recent survey. These programs will be primarily outdoors with a focus on physical activity, social and emotional wellness, and peer connections.
Please note that our VAST tutoring program will remain virtual for the remainder of the school year. We have availability and our tutors are prepared to support your child’s academic needs right away.
Thank you for your support and patience as we all work together to safely re-enter into our school and community! Please fill out the Community Center Aftercare Interest Form here. This will allow us to assess our potential enrollment in each cohort. If you have questions or feedback please contact Nicole Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org
San Geronimo Valley Community Center Staff