Updated March 23, 2020

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Current COVID-19 Information | About COVID-19 | Contact Information

The San Mateo County Office of Education has launched a new section of its website to support administrators, educators, and families in transitioning to at-home/distance learning. Visit the sections below to find resources, tips, and guidance.

Status of San Mateo County Schools

Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals from Regular School Attendance to be Extended Through May 1, 2020

Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools have made a unified, regional decision on March 25 to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

School facilities may remain open to staff for the purposes of performing tasks deemed essential by the school district and county offices of education. Education will continue through flexible learning, meals will continue to be provided and, where possible, childcare may be arranged.

Guidance for Schools, School Districts, Preschools, and Childcare Settings

Resources for Administrators

The U.S. Department of Education, State of California, and San Mateo County Office of Education are continuously releasing guidance to help child care centers, preschools, schools, districts, and other local education agencies adjust to the at-home/distance learning model. Find guidance on the following topics:

Resources for Educators

The San Mateo County Office of Education has pulled together this page of resources and guidance to help you transition to at-home/distance learning. We share guidance from the State, materials we have created or curated to help you plan and deliver high-quality distance education, tips, best practices, and information to help you take care of yourself and support your students' mental health needs.

Guidance for Parents

The San Mateo County Office of Education has pulled together this page of resources to help your family transition to at-home/distance learning. We share resources for talking to your children about COVID-19, planning at-home/distance learning, ensuring your children have access to technology. 

Current COVID-19 Information

March 23, 2020 Statement from San Mateo County Health Officer

In a statement published on March 23, 2020, San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow gave additional guidance and information for residents, including the following:

  • Do not mix your households at this time. As hard as this is, do not gather in any way outside of immediate households.
  • Get outdoor exercise in your own immediate neighborhoods. Do not drive except to provide or obtain an essential service. Do not go into other neighborhoods for recreation. This increases the risk of virus spread.
  • Always maintain social distance.
  • Wash your hands frequently and follow all the other recommended actions.
  • Volunteer or donate if you are able.

Additional Information

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:

About COVID-19

COVID-19 Symptoms

The virus causes respiratory illness, with symptoms including fever, fatigue, cough, and shortness of breath. Some people may have flu, pneumonia, or more serious illness. More information can be found on the CDC's website.

How COVID-19 Spreads

Given concerns some may have about the spread of COVID-19 after an alert was posted at a gymnasium in South San Francisco and a private school closed after a staff member was in contact with a person who had the disease, we thought it was important to remind people how COVID-19 spreads. This information is from the CDC and is available in Spanish and Chinese on the CDC's site.


All schools in San Mateo County continue to be vigilant in cleaning common areas such as bathrooms, water faucets, classrooms, playground equipment, and cafeteria to minimize the spread of germs. Staff and students can take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. These precautions from the California Department of Public Health are helpful in preventing the spread of common illnesses including influenza and gastroenteritis.

Wash hands, cover cough, clean surfaces, encourage vaccination

  • Stay home when sick. Remain at home until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.
  • Use “respiratory etiquette." Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See CDC’s Cover Your Cough page for multilingual posters and flyers, posted at the bottom of the webpage. Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.
  • Wash hands frequently. Encourage hand washing by students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home. When feasible, identify a “sick room” through which others do not regularly pass.
  • Encourage flu vaccine for those who haven’t had it this season to reduce illnesses and absences on campus (but won’t prevent coronavirus illnesses).

The California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides much better protection from infectious diseases.


Contact Information:

Email: info@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5515