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Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) News



A Workshop on the Basics of California Chater Schools

On August 21, 2018 an information session was presented by the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), School Services of California (SSC) and Marin County Office of Education (MCOE). See below for links to the workshop presentation, video and Q&A:




Resources for Parents and Community to protect vulnerable youth.

Netflix released the second season of 13 Reasons Why on May 18, 2018.

The specific storyline(s) of the second season have not been confirmed. It is anticipated that the series may cover storylines surrounding a suicide attempt, a rape trial, and a school shooting – based upon what was taking place in the series at the end of the first season. While Netflix has now embedded safeguards related to the series (e.g., “warning cards” prior to the start of each episode, Netflix 13 Reasons Why Discussion Guide , warning video featuring cast members, etc.), it will still be essential to actively monitor student response/wellbeing  and be prepared to address students in need.  Please remember that while the series can help stimulate conversations about important topics, we must also be mindful that the content of the series may also work to cause emotional distress or suicidal ideation/attempts in vulnerable students.         

Attached are some resources developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to help schools and families engage in supportive discussions with youth and respond to the needs of those who may have been triggered by viewing the series. 

 Attached you will find the following:

 In addition, the 13RW Workgroup of experts has launched a website with resources:​​


On January 9, 2018, the California STEAM Sonoma Board of Directors agreed to close the Cal STEAM Sonoma Charter School programs under its operation. This decision resulted in the closure of the Heartwood Educational Collaborative charter school located in Fairfax effective January 16, 2018.

Parents of the students enrolled in the school may choose to enroll their students in their public school of residence. Parents may also choose to file a private school affidavit with the California Department of Education indicating that they plan to home school their child.

Resources related to this situation are provided below.

CA Steam Sonoma Self Revocation Resolution and Plan for Closure

CA Department of Education website re: Private School Affidavits

Marin County School District directory​


School Foundations Countywide Collaborate to Support Programs for ALL Students

October 25, 2017

San Rafael, CA – On October 25, members of the school community, community leaders, business partners and organizations from every corner of Marin, gathered at the Marin County Office of Education to celebrate SchoolsRule Marin and the programs it makes possible for ALL students throughout Marin County.

SchoolsRule Marin is a county wide coalition of all of Marin’s school foundations and districts working together in a grass-roots effort to address economic inequalities through educational opportunities for all students.  It was born out of the belief that ALL students should have access to a great education so that they can succeed in life.  Every dollar raised is distributed equally among the 36,238 public school students in Marin County to support programs for the arts, literacy, technology and/or health. 

 “SchoolsRule is an unprecedented effort where ALL school district foundations commit to fundraising for EVERY student in EVERY district,” said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools. “It is a reflection of who we are as a community and the fact that we recognize and value a quality education for ALL students.”

SchoolsRule offers donors the opportunity to support every student in Marin County. Thanks to the support of school foundation leaders and founding partners, The Marin Independent Journal, Marin Community Foundation and Venables, Bell and Partners, SchoolsRule has flourished. Since its inception, annual fundraising efforts have grown from $29,000 to $753,483 today. SchoolsRule has distributed a total of $3 million since its inception.

Funds are divided on a per-student basis and go directly to the school foundations.  Checks ranged from a few hundred dollars for our smallest rural districts to $158,887 for the Novato Unified School District, Marin’s largest district. SchoolsRule funding has enabled the San Rafael City Schools to expand music across elementary and middle schools, expand after school enrichment programs for middle school, and continue funding a college consultant and peer support programs in the high schools. A full list of funding and programs can be downloaded from the SchoolsRule website.

The SchoolsRule annual fundraiser has been scheduled on June 28, 2018 at the Marin County Fairgrounds thanks to the support of the Marin County Cultural Services Commission. For more information or to donate, visit the SchoolsRule website:


Be Track SMART

The SMART train is officially running! We want our students and community members to stay safe around the tracks. SMART has developed a track safety website at​ to help our community understand how to stay safe. Included are age appropriate safety videos​. Be safe and enjoy the ride!

Safe Routes to School Marin County

Marin County is so fortunate to be a leader in supporting Safe Routes to Schools for our students through the support of our community partners at the Transportation Authority of Marin and Safe Routes to School Marin County. All public, private, parochial, and independent schools are strongly encouarged to particpate in the annual spring and fall surveys, which help to gather data to support ongoing efforts to increase green trips and active trips. Click here for futher information on how you can get involved.

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Suicide Prevention - Concerns about "13 Reasons Why"

In an effort to educate parents and our community about media available to our young students, the Tamalpais Union High School District distributed the following message related to the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" which includes graphic depictions of bullying, sexual assault, rape and suicide. This series in particular has raised concerns related to the potential for "copycat" incidents and potentially serving as a trigger for those students who may have had similar experiences involving sexual assault, bullying, etc.

The letter includes a variety of resources and signs of distress that may be helpful to families.

13 Reasons Why - Suicide Prevention Community Ltr

13 Reasons Why - Suicide Prevention Community Ltr. Spanish


 Parents: Be the Voice for a Safe and Successful Future

By Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools

March 12, 2017

Less than a year ago, Central Marin Police intercepted a planned excursion by a group of teenagers that could have ended in tragedy. A teen-rented party bus, containing 30 containers of hard alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs, was prevented from taking its planned six-hour tour with the under aged crowd.  Recently, the driver of the bus, who was arrested for possession of his own drug paraphernalia and a switchblade, pled guilty to misdemeanor charges.

The “closure” of this incident is a strong reminder that our community must remain vigilant in educating our teens about the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse. Parents must take a strong stance to protect their teens from making irresponsible decisions that could end tragically. While I know that many people may think that “teens will be teens,” but I hate to think about what could have happened if those “silly” teens had continued on their party bus journey. Parents must establish an open dialogue with their kids about the dangers and consequences of alcohol and drugs. They should know who their child’s friends are and their child’s whereabouts. Invading your child’s privacy is your job and your duty…whether it’s in cyberspace or the real world…you could be the key to preventing a false move or tragedy.

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