Communities across the globe continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. This page provides resources for school administrators, staff, families, and community members to provide safe learning opportunities for San Mateo County students.

Current COVID-19 Guidance

TK-12 Schools and Districts

The San Mateo County Pandemic Recovery Framework provides school leaders with the health, education, and legal guidance needed to develop local plans for providing safe on-campus instruction and learning. It combines guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and San Mateo County Health to support TK-12 schools in implementing public health guidance.Pandemic Recovery Framework

Learn more on California's Safe Schools for All Hub website.

Early Learning and Child Care

Learn more about local early learning resources on the 4C's San Mateo County and First 5 San Mateo County websites.

SPOT Explained: A Meeting with San Mateo County Health

An overview of SPOT presented by Candace Hill, RN, PHN, BSN of San Mateo County Health on September 17, 2021.

Helpful Links

Residents with non-emergency or non-medical questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) can call 2-1-1, which is available 24/7 in multiple languages. Call your physician with medical questions. For current, up-to-date information regarding the novel coronavirus, see:

  • Testing in San Mateo County: Learn about who should get tested for COVID-19 and where you can go in San Mateo County. The page also includes frequently asked questions about testing. 
  • San Mateo County Health: San Mateo County Health provides information on Health Officer updates, resources for schools, local health data and updates, frequently asked questions, and other resources.
  • Safe Schools for All Hub: California's one-stop shop for information about safe in-person instruction and how to minimize in-school transmission. 

Masks in Schools

Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer, reviews some of the COVID-19 prevention and response protocols in place for schools this year and provides a real world scenario of how mask-on-mask exposures and modified quarantine work for students and their families.

COVID-19 Vaccines in San Mateo County

COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools we have to end the COVID-19 pandemic and safely return all students to in-person learning. Not only that, it will help keep you, your family, your community, and your country healthy and safe. They have been shown to be safe and effective in reducing the likelihood of experiencing life-threatening side effects from COVID-19.

On August 11, 2021, California released a public health order requiring all school workers, including paid and unpaid adults serving in a school setting, to provide verification of their vaccination status, and if unvaccinated, to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. The order applies to public and private schools and covers all staff and volunteers who are on-site at a school campus. The new policy for school staff will take effect on August 12, 2021, and schools must be in full compliance by October 15, 2021. Read a summary of the order.

Vaccines are now available for everyone aged 12 and older. The San Mateo County Office of Education is working with its health partners and school districts to arrange vaccination events on campuses throughout the county. 

Learn how you can get your vaccine today.

School COVID-19 Safety Plans and Dashboards

Guidance from the California Department of Public Health for the 2021-22 school year recommends that all local educational agencies (LEAs) post a safety plan on their website to communicate the safety measures in place for 2021-22 and disseminate to families in advance of the start of the school year.

Find links to San Mateo County schools' COVID-19 safety plans and data dashboards.

Additional Information

Resources

COVID-19 Information

Email: info@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5515