Return to Campus Plan for SMCOE School Programs

Consistent with its vision of Excellence and Equity in Education, the San Mateo County Office of Education believes it is imperative to bring students back on campus for in-person instruction as soon as possible. The County Office plans on safely beginning in-person instruction on November 16, 2020, following the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health and San Mateo County Health as described in the Pandemic Recovery Framework (PRF).

Court and Community School Programs

The Court Schools Program operates two WASC-accredited programs in partnership with the San Mateo County Probation Department. Court Schools are mandatory and serve students who have been ordered by the Court to Probation Department programs. The San Mateo County Office of Education's WASC-accredited Community Schools Program serves at-risk students from across the county. Students may be referred to these programs by their resident districts, the San Mateo County Probation Department, the Human Services Agency, or the County School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

E-22 Special Education Program

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Preschool Program provides preschool special education services to eligible children to meet their educational needs under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B and state regulations. The SMCOE Early Start Program serves infants, toddlers and their families that may exhibit developmental delays or the existence of an established risk factor associated with a potential disability under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C. The San Mateo County Office of Education serves students from Kindergarten to twelfth grade at either special day classes or integrated sites through the K-12 Special Education Services Program. SMCOE also provides related services to students in audiology, adapted physical education, orientation and mobility, and visual impairment, among other areas, and additional support programs to students with special needs.

Sarah Notch

Executive Director, Special Education Services


Phone: 650-802-5629

Natasha Dinis

Executive Assistant, Educational Services Division


Phone: (650) 802-5426