Updated February 23, 2021

Pandemic Recovery Framework for Schools

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The San Mateo County Pandemic Recovery Framework provides school leaders with the health, education, and legal guidance needed to develop local plans for a safe return to on-campus instruction and learning. All schools that seek to return to in-person instruction must follow the guidance of the PRF.

Cases and Contact Tracing in the School Community

Modified In-Person Learning

With the County’s move into the Red Tier on Wednesday, February 24, all schools with approved plans can now begin to reopen for in-person instruction in a phased-in approach. Schools serving students in grades 7-12 can open as early as Wednesday, February 24, as long as their COVID-19 Safety Plan is approved and has been posted on its website homepage for at least five days prior to providing in-person instruction. Schools have a three-week period to open, even if the county moves back to the Purple Tier during that time, to allow for a calm and safe return to campus. Schools are asked to prioritize students with the most urgent needs.

Schools that do not have an approved plan yet to open in the Red, Orange, or Yellow Tier must post their CSP and Return to In-Person Learning Plan to their website homepage and submit it to info@smcoe.org to begin the review process. Schools should complete its CSP in consultation with its labor organizations and staff.

Schools and Districts Open for In-Person Learning

Find a list of public, private, and charter schools in San Mateo County that have been approved to begin in-person learning on our Returning to In-Person Learning page.

Training and Resources

Webinar: Contact Tracing for Schools

As more students and staff return to campus for in-person learning, contact tracing protocols have become a key element for effective school operations. District and site leaders are encouraged to watch this webinar presented on December 11, 2020, for a comprehensive overview of contact tracing protocols and best practices within schools.

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Webinar: Planning for Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning is a time-tested approach to keeping school open during a pandemic. Bring more students on campus, create safer schools and promote equity by developing a plan for using outdoor space.

Pandemic Recovery Training

A presentation to all School Pandemic Team Leads by Jeanne Chevillet, lead for the Schools Team within the Communicable Disease Control Program, San Mateo County Public Health.

COVID-19 Recommendations for Schools

Jeanne Chevillet, a Public Health Nurse with San Mateo County's Communicable Disease Control Program, gives a training on the roles and responsibilities of schools and childcare settings in reporting and follow-up of confirmed COVID-19 cases.


Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

Email: info@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5515