Greetings Kensington Community!
This is such a beautiful time of year here in our lovely east bay hills… The crisp air and bright sun of fall always feel so nourishing and magical somehow – and I can tell you the kids are feeling the magic, too! Lots of questions about Halloween festivities are coming my way, and there is an overall feeling of excitement and anticipation.
In this letter I will delineate two important areas in which we all need clarity: Halloween parameters, and travel guidelines for families as we head into the holiday season.
Friday, October 29th is a minimum day.
This year we will not have the Cal Marching band on site for the annual Halloween Parade.
Please send your student to school in costume on Friday, October 29th. We do not have the capacity to have students change into their costumes at school.
No toy weapons or sharp objects as part of the costume, please!
COVID-protective masks must still continue to be worn at all times, so please take this into consideration as your student plans their costume. No full face covering is allowed.
No candy allowed at school.
Additional festivities are per teacher determination. Halloween snacks, if distributed, must be commercially and individually wrapped and eaten outdoors per normal snack protocol.
Family travel guidelines:
We have had some questions in the front office as families are making plans for upcoming travel. Please remember that we are a very close school community, and our actions during this pandemic do impact others. The travel decisions we make can have ramifications for other children and their families as well. If you do choose to travel, please do so as mindfully as possible: Conditions vary greatly from country to country (and from state to state domestically) so please pay close attention to the COVID conditions at your destination before booking your trip.
The WCCUSD travel guidance, per the WCCUSD COVID-19 Student and Family Safety Handbook recommends the following approach for those who are unvaccinated:
– If you travel outside the Bay Area, it is strongly recommended that you self-quarantine for 10 days after your return if your activities while traveling put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19.
-These higher-risk activities include:
- Spending time within 6 feet of people you do not normally live with, while you or anyone around you was not wearing a face mask – especially if you were indoors.
- Traveling on planes, buses, trains, public transportation, or other shared vehicles, if face masks were not worn at all times by both you and the other people in the vehicle.
Further, the CDC has very clear guidance and language regarding travel for unvaccinated people.
As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.