Resources for Parents

Alternatives to Traditional Public Schools

Learn about alternatives to attending traditional public schools, including independent study, private schools, homeschooling, charter schools, and nonpublic schools.

Health and Wellness

Learn about immunizations, EpiPens, e-cigarettes, and other health concerns for parents.

School Safety

San Mateo County is a leader in developing county-wide protocols and partnerships that improve school safety. Learn about county-wide school emergency response plans, earthquake preparedness resources, and other information that promotes safe schools.

Special Education

Some children have a mental, physical or emotional disability that makes it difficult for them to learn in the traditional public school settings offered in their communities. Learn more about students with special needs and how they are supported in San Mateo County.

Testing Information

Learn how to support your child on different statewide tests such as the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) and English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. 

Work Permits

While the San Mateo County Office of Education does not issue work permits, it offers resources for those seeking information on student work permits.