Updated June 4, 2021
Pandemic Recovery Framework for Schools
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.
- Pandemic Recovery Framework for Schools (updated 5/7/2021). Please note: As conditions and public health orders change, the content and guidance in this framework may change as well.
- Healthy Cleaning Companion Document (updated 5/3/2021).
- Guidance for Visitors on Campus
- Solid Waste Management During COVID-19 Pandemic Companion Document
- Mental Health Companion Document
- Licensed Early Learning and Care Companion Document (updated 5/24/2021)
- Facilities Walkthrough Checklist
- Implementation Guidance for the Four Pillars: School-Sponsored Athletic Events
- COVID-19 School Guidance Frequently Asked Questions
- Transportation Guidance
- Graduation Guidance
Cases and Contact Tracing in the School Community
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 email@example.com to begin the review process. Schools should complete its CSP in consultation with its labor organizations and staff.
- COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist
- COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) Template
- Checklist to Help Create a Return to In-Person Learning Plan
Schools and districts that have an approved plan and wish to revise their plans to reopen more fully should complete this form affirming that the plan is consistent with the guidance in the Pandemic Recovery Framework and San Mateo County Health guidance.
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
A report to private and charter school leaders.
- Wednesday, April 14, 2021 (YouTube video)
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.
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.
- Thursday, September 24, 2020 (YouTube video)
Frequently Asked Questions
Phone: (650) 802-5515