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Improving our School Facilities
In July 2015, the Board of Education approved a District-wide Master Facilities Plan. This plan, developed collaboratively over the past several years, creates a roadmap of improvements to our school facilities. San Rafael voters generously approved Measures A & B in November 2015 to fund a portion of the MFP.
Over the next eight years, SRCS' bond program will provide much needed capital improvements to our facilities to create safe, innovative learning environments and to provide instructional technology to support 21st century learning. Additional classrooms, labs and equipment will reduce overcrowding in our schools and will meet the growing demand for hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) classes.
We've launched a new website for Measures A & B - www.srcsbondprogram.org. Click here to learn more about the bond program, follow our progress and learn how you can get involved.
Historic Shift in School Funding
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) represent dramatic changes to funding for California public schools.
Visit our LCAP/LCFF webpage for further details including:
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Board Considers Revisions to Homework/Makeup Work Policy
The SRCS Board of Education often reviews its Board Policies and makes updates to align with recent changes in state law and to adapt to research and changes in best practice for educational programming.
Recently, the SRCS Board began reviewing updates to its Board Policy 6154 on Homework/Makeup Work. Language for Board Policies often comes from the California School Board Association (CSBA). The recommended CSBA language, which is included in SRCS’ draft revised policy, includes updates such as allowing full credit to be given for makeup work satisfactorily completed within a reasonable time, regardless of whether the absence is due to an excused or unexcused absence. Additionally, the draft policy addresses guidelines for the assignment of homework, communication of homework expectations to students and parents/guardians and resources to assist students in completing homework and developing good study habits.
The revised policy will be brought to the Board for final review and consideration at a future meeting in May. Click here to download the draft revised Board Policy 6154. If you have any feedback, please contact your principal for email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed Charter Will Not Pursue Appeal, Will Partner with MCOE
SRCS recently received an update from the co-founders of the proposed charter school, Ipso School, announcing that they will be collaborating with Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) to redesign Marin's Community School using key elements of their Ipso model. As such, they shared they will not pursue the appeal to the State Board to open the Ipso School in San Rafael in 2018. Click here to learn more.
Final SRHS Environmental Impact Report
After a nine-month development and review process, San Rafael City Schools has prepared a final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed expansion and reconstruction at the San Rafael High School campus. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that the District conduct environmental review of the project, which has the potential to result in physical change in the environment. Click here to learn more and download the final EIR.
2017-2018 School Year Calendars
The SRCS Board recently approved the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. The first day of school is August 24, 2017. Click here to view the calendar.
Sun Valley Elementary Named One of the Best in the Nation
The U.S. Department of Education announced on Sept. 28 that Sun Valley Elementary School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Sun Valley Elementary is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award supports the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. Click here to learn more.
SRCS Students Show Growth in Statewide Tests
SRCS students continue to show growth in English language arts and math, according to results of statewide tests designed to gauge preparation for college and career. The state recently released results from the second year of the Smarter Balanced tests, part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system. The tests align with California’s new state standards and feature more questions that require short answers or extended response questions that require demonstration of a deeper understanding of key concepts.
Marin Voice: SRCS ready to prepare pupils for the future
Superintendent Watenpaugh submitted a back-to-school message to the Marin Independent Journal, and it was published on August 18, the first day of school! Click here to read the message.
Electronic Flyer Delivery Starts this School Year!
SRCS is getting ready to launch a new electronic flyer tool called “Peachjar” to enhance our communication with families! This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and significantly reduce copy costs and will ease the burden for our staff. To view school and District-approved eflyers, you will simply click the Peachjar button on the homepage of you school’s website. You will also be emailed flyers weekly. Click here to learn more.
SRCS' 2016-19 LCAPs Approved
California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) reshapes school funding and aims to improve achievement for all students. LCFF, and its counterpart, the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) — are anchored by the notion that California must do better for its underperforming students.
Our entire SRCS community is integral to shaping our plans for continued success and growth. This year, the stakeholder engagement was all about implementation. We focused on the data, what we have learned and a how to build a strong implementation schedule.
In June 2016, the Board of Education approved the ESD and HSD LCAPs. Click here to learn more about our LCAP, the development process and to download the approved LCAPs.
Measures A & B Pass
Thank you, San Rafael Community!
The San Rafael community overwhelmingly supported our ballot measures to improve our school facilities!
The measures needed a 55 percent majority to pass. Click here to read more.
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