After navigating through a pandemic, schools and districts have become adept at providing safe learning opportunities for their students. This page provides resources to help school administrators, staff, families, and community members keep schools open and safe for in-person learning.
California Guidance for Schools
COVID-19 Safe Schools Framework
The COVID-19 Safe Schools Framework (also available as a Word document) replaces the Pandemic Recovery Framework, which guided the safe reopening and operation of public and private schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document was developed in consultation with San Mateo County Health (SMCH) and reflects California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance and other relevant guidance for schools and districts.
California Department of Public Health Guidance
- Guidance for K-12 Schools and Child Care Settings (updated August 28, 2023)
Testing remains a key mitigation layer to detect and curb transmission of COVID-19. The California Department of Public Health strongly recommends that schools facilitate access to COVID-19 testing for students and staff, particularly for vulnerable communities.
- California COVID-19 School Testing Framework
- Testing in San Mateo County
- How to Report At-Home COVID-19 Test Results (Spanish)
- Safe Schools for All Hub: California's one-stop shop for information about safe in-person instruction and how to minimize in-school transmission.
- Ventilation FAQs: Smoke Days and COVID-19 (updated September 28, 2021): The risk of getting COVID-19 is much greater in indoor settings with poor air quality. Learn how to maintain effective ventilation and filtration even when air quality is poor.
- Vaccine Fact Sheets: Scroll to the bottom to find multilingual fact sheets on COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, and additional doses.
COVID-19 Vaccines in San Mateo County
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COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools we have to protect ourselves and our loved ones against experiencing life-threatening side effects from COVID-19.
- San Mateo County Health: San Mateo County Health provides information on local health data and updates, frequently asked questions, testing options, and other resources. It also provides information on COVID-19 vaccines and how residents can determine their eligibility for boosters.
- San Mateo County 2-1-1: Residents with non-emergency or non-medical questions about COVID-19 can call 2-1-1, which is available 24/7 in multiple languages and connects residents to food, housing, transportation, and other resources.
- 4C's San Mateo County: Find a list of programs providing early learning and child care as well as up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccines for children aged five and younger.
- First 5 San Mateo County: First 5 San Mateo County compiles resources for parents and caregivers on how to get vaccines and provide trauma-informed care.
- California Department of Public Health: Find guidance documents, state data, and other COVID-19 resources from the California Department of Public Health.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC provides a wide range of information about COVID-19, including symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are sick.
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