Dear RVSD Community,
A few months ago I sent you an email highlighting the importance of vaccinations against infectious diseases which can quickly spread and present serious health risks to those who do not have them. Since then, an outbreak of measles has occurred, with 68 confirmed cases in California alone during this new year.
Below this message you'll see an important letter from Dr. Matt Willis, Public Health Officer for Marin County. I strongly urge you to take a few minutes to read Dr. Willis’ letter, so you will have an even better understanding of how we plan to respond should there be any confirmed cases of measles here in Marin.
I previously shared the PBS NOVA video “Vaccines-Calling the Shots,” which specifically discusses measles. If you’ve not seen this very informative video, now would be a good time to do so. Here is the link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/vaccines-calling-shots.html
Our RVSD school nurse, Laurel Yrun and Director of Student Services, Teri Louer, are closely monitoring this situation and though we hope there will be no reported cases of measles in our District, please know we will act quickly and decisively if or when the situation changes.
Please let me, Laurel or Teri know if you have any questions.
Rick Bagley, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Ross Valley School District
The Ross Valley School District includes four elementary schools and one middle school that provide outstanding academic instruction, as well as visual and performing arts classes, to students that live in the Marin County towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax.
Surrounded by neigborhood homes, this K through 5th grade school's intimate campus is bordered on one side by the Sleepy Hollow Creek.
Hidden Valley sits in a quiet valley, nestled against open space hills, and boasts gorgeous views of Mt. Tamalpais.
Situated on the western edge of the town of Fairfax, Manor is bordered by a nature trail and a beautiful valley of oak trees.
Wade Thomas's charming campus is just a few minutes walk from downtown San Anselmo.
This beautiful 22-acre campus, surrounded on all sides by Marin County open space, has more than enough room to contain the energy of its almost 800 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.