Keeping our Schools Safe.
Marin County Public Health continues to work in close partnership with Marin County Office of Education and leaders of our public, private, parochial and independent schools to facilitate fulltime site-based K-12 in-person instruction.
How to Keep Your School Safe from COVID-19
1. Stay home when sick
Symptoms of COVID-19 may be mild and the best way to know if you or your child has COVID-19 is to get tested, or stay home until symptoms have resolved if unable to test.
Home tests provide accurate and timely results. Students and staff can use a home test provided by their school or purchase tests in a local pharmacy. Visit our testing webpage for a list of testing sites.
3. If positive, isolate at home
People who test positive should stay home and isolate as much as possible from those they live with for at least 5 days, and may return to school as soon as Day 6 with a negative test. If unable to test, stay isolated for 10 days. Contact your school or visit MCOE's Rethinking Schools webpage for more information about when your child may return to school after testing positive.
4. Notify close contacts
If you of your child test positive, notify anyone outside of the school setting who was within 6 feet of you/your child indoors for 15 minutes or more in the two days before symptoms started or two days before the test if there were no symptoms. Visit MCOE's Rethinking Schools webpage for the latest Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for schools.
5. Notify your school
Call your school to let them know that your child tested positive and they will be absent due to COVID-19. If someone in your home has tested positive and there are unvaccinated students at home on quarantine, notify your school with the reason for their absence.
6. Report your test results
Report the results of any home antigen tests provided by your TK-12 school using the instructions provided. Home tests purchased at a store or provided by a child care facility can be reported using Marin County's Self-Test Reporting Form.
Reopening Guidance for All Schools
Student & Family Resources
The Marin County Public Health guidance and resources below reflect both California Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
- Isolation, Quarantine, and Travel Guidance for TK-12 Schools, Child Care, Youth Programs/Activities, and Household/Community Exposures
- Safety Guidance:
- California Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools, 2021-22 School Year
- California Department of Public Health: K-12 Schools Guidance 2021-2022 FAQ, 2021-22 School Year
- Marin County Schools SMARTER Plan (Revision 5.03.22)
(This supersedes the Marin County School Updated Guidelines, also known as the "32 point plan")
- MCPH Guidance for School End-of-Year Activities
(English | Spanish)
- Marin County COVID-19 Update for the School Community (PDF dated 5.12.22: English | Spanish)
- School Site-Specific Protection Plan - Template
- School Site-Specific Protection Plan - Process & Submission Status
School Status Dashboard
A dashboard that tracks the reopening status of schools in Marin County. Icons on the map represent elementary, middle and high schools, including public, private, independent and parochial schools.
- Green icons represent schools that have fully reopened to in-person instruction
- Black icons, if any, indicate a school which is closed for operation reasons (power outage, etc.)
- Red icons, if any, indicate a school which is closed for an outbreak
Click on an icon to reveal the school's name, district, type, and reopening status. This data is maintained by Marin County Office of Education and the Marin County Emergency Operations Center.
Note: If you have an issue accessing this dashboard, please use this link.
School-related News Updates
- March 3: News Release - Marin Aligns With State on School Mask Recommendations
- December 12: News Release - Families Receive Take-Home COVID-19 Tests for Holiday Break
- December 10: News Release - Pediatric Vaccination Rates a Cause for Celebration
- November 12, 2021: News Release - Pediatric Vaccines Ramping Up Across County
- November 3, 2021: News Release - Marin Ready for Pediatric Vaccine Roll-out
- August 26, 2021: News Release - Bay Area Health Officers Reaffirm Support for In-Person School
- CDC Report: Delta Can Spread Rapidly With Unvaccinated Staff and Students
- August 19, 2021: News Release - Face Coverings Urged at Schools, Even Outdoors
- August 4, 2021: News Release - Get Your Shots for School Early
- July 13, 2021: News Release - Library, First 5 Marin Team Up on Kids' Backpacks
- View More News Releases
Frequently Asked Questions
Browse a collection of the most frequently asked questions regarding schools, reopening and classroom safety, curated from our COVID-19 Response Team.
- Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) "Rethinking Schools" website
- "Discussions with Public Health" Series (hosted by MCOE)
Marin County Office of Education has response team dedicated to answering school-related COVID-19 questions and concerns. Contact them by email at RapidResponse@marinschools.org.
- California Department of Public Health: Vaccine Verification for Workers in Schools
- California Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Testing Taskforce
- California Department of Public Health: CA Safe Schools for All
- California Department of Public Health: July 9, 2021 news release signaling alignment with CDC policies