Updated December 4, 2020

Pandemic Recovery Framework for Schools

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The San Mateo County Pandemic Recovery Framework for Schools 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 after campus closures in response to community spread of COVID-19 beginning in March 2020.

The San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, the San Mateo County Health Officer, school district superintendents and staff, and members of the San Mateo County Counsel’s Office collaborated on drafting the Framework. The Steering Committee of the San Mateo County Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities and members of San Mateo County School Board’s Association reviewed the Framework and provided recommendations.

Waiver Application to Allow Modified In-Person Learning

San Mateo has returned to the Purple Tier of the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Saturday, November 28. Any school or district that was intending to launch its in-person learning plan in December may not do so without a waiver. Waivers are only available for grades TK-6. If a school has received notice of a completed review of its Return to In-Person Learning Plan by the San Mateo County Office of Education and San Mateo County Health and now intends to pursue a waiver, it will need to complete a waiver request application. The County’s move to the Purple Tier will have no impact on schools that have already resumed modified in-person instruction.

If your school or district is interested in applying for a waiver, please download the waiver instructions and application. Applications will be reviewed by the San Mateo County Office of Education, San Mateo County Health, and the California Department of Public Health.

Schools and Districts Open for In-Person Learning

Training and Resources

Training on the Pandemic Recovery Framework For Schools

Below are trainings on the San Mateo County Pandemic Recovery Framework for Schools. Molly Henricks, SMCOE’s Coordinator, School Safety and Risk Prevention, and Gwenn Lei, SMCOE’s Coordinator, Reading-Language Arts/History-Social Studies, lead these sessions. Links to register for upcoming trainings will be posted here as they are scheduled.

Recorded Trainings

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. Recorded Thursday, October 22, 2020.

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. Recorded Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.


Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

Email: info@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5515