For the most up-to-date information on local county schools and COVID-19, visit the Marin County Office of Education Rethinking Schools webpage and our Schools page and check out the School Status Dashboard for the most-up-to-date information on positive cases of COVID-19 in schools across the county.
Cold, influenza and COVID-19 symptoms can be similar. Regardless, keeping a child home that is sick or showing COVID-related symptoms is a good way to reduce the spread of colds and flu within schools. As for others in your household, if your child is showing symptoms, it is important to evaluate your child’s symptoms and possible exposures to COVID-19 when deciding whether other children in your household should stay home. For the most up-to-date information around when children need to isolate or quarantine, visit MCOE's Rethinking Schools website or our Schools page.
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the following things should occur:
- Information is reported to school administration.
(Schools and child care facilities may report positive cases to Public Health by following the instructions in the Positive Case Checklist.)
- The person either stays home or will be sent home to isolate per Isolation & Quarantine guidance for schools.
- Symptoms are resolving; and
- The individual has been without fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medication); and
- The individual has received a negative test result on Day 5;
Then the person may return on Day 6.
- Student families and Staff of the affected cohort are notified by either a phone call or letter.
- Family/household members/contacts of students/staff who were exposed while in school do not need to quarantine.
Isolation & Quarantine guidance has changed as we have learned more about COVID-19 and its variants.
Visit the Marin County Office of Education's Rethinking Schools: A Public Health Guided Return to Site-Based Classroom Instruction in the Age of COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information around isolation and quarantine guidance for students.
Marin County is aligned with CDPH masking guidance. Effective March 12, 2022:
- Masks will be strongly recommended to be worn by all staff and students while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, but will no longer be required. Face coverings will remain optional outdoors as the risk of transmission is low in most outdoor settings.
- Note: Schools and districts may choose to enforce stricter masking standards by continuing to require masks indoors.