January 28, 2015
Measles in the Bay Area
Recently, you may have read or heard about RUSD in the news concerning measles and immunizations. I want to provide you with additional information concerning these critical issues. As you know, measles is currently active in the Bay Area. As of today, there are no reported cases in Marin County. We are pleased by the high rate of measles immunization among RUSD students (96.6% -- which is in fact higher than the percentage reported in recent news reports) and continue to encourage parents to immunize their children. However, California law recognizes the rights of parents of public school children to refuse vaccinations for their children by completing a "Personal Belief Waiver." By monitoring which children are unvaccinated against measles, the District is able to contact those families if notified by the Marin County Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis, of a measles outbreak in Marin.
California law protects the rights of parents to refuse to vaccinate their children and, in doing so, prohibits schools from excluding these children from school unless there is an active outbreak. If a measles outbreak were to arise, the District would comply with the orders of Dr. Willis and all children who are not fully immunized against measles would be ordered to stay out of school. Importantly, the decision regarding whether non-immunized children may attend RUSD, in the face of an outbreak, is one made by the County Health Officer, not RUSD Administration or Trustees.
Personal Belief Waivers have been an option for parents in California for many years. Parents are required to sign a statement of their personal belief against vaccinations. Importantly, the law regarding Personal Belief Waivers recently changed. As of the start of the 2015-2016 school year, parents seeking such a waiver must obtain the signature of a medical doctor, stating that the parents have been advised of the risk of not vaccinating their child.
At RUSD, safety of our students is of paramount concern. We encourage parents to take steps to ensure the safety of their children, and all children in our District.
Please see this message, sent today, from Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer
Registration Information 2015-2016
Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
When and how can I register my child for Kindergarten or TK?
Early registration (on March 3, 4, 5) of students for kindergarten or TK will help the district determine how many teachers to hire for the fall. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to register during this window.
Kindergarten students at Reed School for 2015-16 will attend school for the full day, with the same daily schedule as first and second graders.
What will the kindergarten schedule be in 2015-16?
As stated above, kindergarten students will attend school full days again in 2015-16. The precise start and end times will be finalized before the end of this school year.
Who can enroll in Kindergarten?
Transitional Kindergarten 2015-16
We are in the planning stages for the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class at Reed School for 2015-16 and anticipate it will again be a half-day program in the afternoon.
What will the TK schedule be in 2015-16?
The schedule for the 2015-16 school year has not yet finalized yet, but likely will be similar, depending on how many students enroll. During the 2014-2015 school year the TK class has met at Reed School from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM (with early dismissal at 1:30 PM on Wednesdays).
Who can enroll in TK?
are eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for 2015-16.
From the Foundation for Reed Schools