COVID-19 Education Partnership

Supporting the Response and Recovery Needs of San Mateo County Students and Schools

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The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shelter-in-place orders are having a significant impact on students and their families, affecting their ability to continue learning, access food, and manage stress. School districts require additional assistance as they work to provide needed distance learning, nutritional, mental health, and other support to students and their families.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with the San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Offices of Education, has established the COVID-19 Education Partnership to expand the local capacity of school districts to address the extraordinary educational and mental health needs of students as efficiently as possible.

The Education Partnership will provide funding to school districts to help them address immediate challenges and long-term recovery efforts related to COVID-19, including:

  • swiftly implementing distance learning strategies for all learners, including students with special needs and dual language learners,
  • meeting the strained social emotional health and wellness needs of students, families, and staff,
  • providing continued access to essential nutrition services,
  • sustaining meaningful engagement with families, and
  • establishing emergency child care centers for essential workers. 

Partnership Updates

Thirteen School Districts Receive Awards from Partnership Funds

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) has awarded $400,000 in COVID-19 Education Partnership Funds to 13 public school districts in San Mateo County: Bayshore School District, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District, Cabrillo Unified School District, Jefferson Elementary School District, Jefferson Union High School District, La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District, Pacifica School District, Redwood City School District, San Bruno Park School District, San Carlos School District, San Mateo-Foster City School District, Sequoia Union High School District, and South San Francisco Unified School District.

SMCOE received requests for just under $1.4 million dollars for projects that connect students with learning and teachers, support food programs, promote mental health and wellness, and provide summer programs for students with special needs. As a result of these grants, the Redwood City School District will be able to more effectively meet the distance learning needs of early elementary school students, Jefferson Elementary School District will continue providing mental health supports to students, La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District will offer reading support through the summer, and Jefferson Union High School District and other districts can continue providing meals to students in need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Seeded the COVID-19 Education Partnership?

Silicon Valley Community Foundation seeded the COVID-19 Education Partnership effort with $1 million. In addition, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, matched SVCF's commitment with $1 million to support PreK-12 students, teachers, and schools as part of the company's COVID-19 pandemic response in support of public health and emergency community needs.

As part of its investment in this fund, Genentech invites any interested schools, districts, and County Offices of Education to access pro bono services from their company and others in partnership with Taproot Foundation.

How Can I Help?

If you have been waiting for the right time to support students in our community, now is your opportunity. The needs of our county’s students are great and will continue to grow. While our initial funding will help districts begin to address the most urgent needs of students, we turn to our community for additional support to help districts meet the distance learning, nutritional, mental health, and other critical needs of San Mateo County’s students and their families during this crisis and, later, as we move into recovery.

Please join us in supporting our students and schools during this challenging time. You can donate here:

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