Updated September 15, 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

Districts and schools can only resume in-person learning for students in grades 7-12 once San Mateo County has been off of the State's monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Districts and schools can resume in-person learning for students in grades TK-6 after they complete a waiver and receive approval, or once San Mateo County has been off of the State's monitoring list for 14 consecutive days.

If your school or district is interested in applying for a waiver, please download the following 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.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

Email: info@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5515