Dear Mariner Family,
Thank you for your continued partnership and support. We remain grateful for the resilience and strength of our students, faculty, and Mariner family during this continually challenging time.
At this time, we have 1 new reported case of “close contact” with COVID-19 in our school family. This individual is quarantining at home and has not been on campus since October. We continue to pray for all of our family members and all of those who are suffering due to this pandemic.
Alameda County’s Public Health Department released a new Health Order that went into effect the past Monday, December 7th. The order allows schools to continue activities that are already in place but does prohibit “all gatherings with members of other households or living units” and “all non-essential travel,” among other activities. We encourage you to abide by this order to not only keep you and your family safe but also to limit the spike of this virus, allowing us to move closer to some in-person teaching.
As we approach the end of the semester, we continue working toward our phased, gradual, and safe return to campus, pending local conditions and governing authority guidelines, in the second semester. We will begin the second semester in distance learning and we will not begin any transitions to on-campus hybrid learning earlier than January 25. We have to wait and see when we can begin our transition since it will depend upon local conditions, trends, and local health officials and governing authority guidance. We will keep our distance learning model as an option for students who need it, and we will provide additional information, opportunities for input, and flexible options for you to make decisions closer to the time when we are able to begin the transition to our hybrid model.
Please remember to notify us if you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 or you have reason to believe you or someone in your household has contracted COVID-19 so that we can support your family as we keep our entire community as healthy as possible. If you have any questions regarding Mariner safety procedures or protocols, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Dean and trained COVID-19 county liaison, Colleen Galloway, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Advent and stay well Mariners!
Liz Guneratne, Ed.D.