COVID-19 Resources - SCSD Health & Safety Plan

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SCSD Health & Safety Plan
The San Carlos School District continues to plan, prepare for, and implement its instructional programs and school operations in response to conditions and requirements emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with state and county public health guidelines, SCSD is safely reopening our school campuses to resume on-site, in-person teaching, and learning.
School procedures will look different than pre-pandemic, and they will be based upon the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CA Department of Education (CDE) guidelines.
View our updated SCSD Health & Safety Plan updated on December 1, 2021 for the most up-to-date information.


SMCOE Pandemic Recovery Framework
The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) issued an updated San Mateo County Pandemic Recovery Framework to help guide all San Mateo County schools in the 2021-22 school year. The updated document addresses health and safety protocols in schools for 2021-22 and is aligned to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year and to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The public health guidelines address masks, hand washing, visitors on campus, and other proactive health and safety measures to allow for learning to safely continue in-person on school campuses.
COVID-19 Data Dashboard
This table tracks reported COVID cases during the regular school year. Data will be shared for the whole district, not broken down by campus. Should your child be identified as close contact, you will receive additional information.
Identifying information about COVID cases is confidential and no details about individuals will be provided to the public. Positive COVID cases are reported to San Mateo County Health, per the county's Pandemic Recovery Framework. Case notifications are provided to the appropriate school communities. 
This data is being reported beginning the week that SCSD staff returned to school for the 2021-22 School Year - Monday, August 9, 2021. This data only includes individuals who were on campus during a time when the county health department would consider them infectious for COVID-19.
Week of: Number of Students/Staff Reporting a Positive COVID Case Number of Individuals in Modified Quarantine* Due to Exposure on Campus
Number of Individuals in Quarantine Due to Exposure on Campus
Date San Mateo County Health was Notified
11/22/21 1 0 0 n/a
11/15/21 2 45 2 11/15/21 & 11/18/21
11/8/21 3 46 3 11/8/21, 11/10/21 &11/14/21
11/1/21 3 43 3 11/1/21, 11/2/21 & 11/6/21
10/25/21 1 16 1 10/26/21
10/18/21 1 11 1 10/23/21
10/11/21 0 0 0 n/a
10/4/21 3 151 3 10/4/21 & 10/5/21
9/27/21 0 0 0 n/a
9/20/21 1 5 1 9/26/21
9/13/21 1 58 1 9/16/21
9/6/21 3 3 3 9/6/21 & 9/7/21
8/30/21 2 67 2 9/1/21 & 9/3/21
8/23/21 3 66 3 8/22/21 & 8/25/21
8/16/21 1 9 1 8/20/21
8/9/21 2 0 2 8/11/21
(Table is difficult to read on a phone or mobile device. Please visit the webpage from your laptop/desktop.)
*Modified Quarantine - please see FAQs below. 
Additional COVID-19 Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We will continue to add to this section of our COVID-19 Resources page to provide clarity on questions we receive.

According to the Pandemic Recovery Framework, if all parties were wearing a mask in an indoor or outdoor school setting or school bus, students who are unvaccinated and are identified as Close Contacts may undergo a modified 10-day quarantine, which includes being able to attend school for in-person learning.

This is the process SCSD is following in 2021-22 per public health guidelines. The students can continue to attend school if they:

  • Are asymptomatic;
  • Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
  • Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine; and
  • Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting. Students may remain on campus for an on-site afterschool program.

Additional details for the quarantine of unvaccinated close contacts can be found on pg. 23 of the Pandemic Recovery Framework.

This public health protocol is very different from last year’s process in which districts would move the entire class, including students and adults, from in-person learning to full distance learning. 

This school year, public health experts stress the importance of students being on their school campuses learning together with their classmates and teachers for their overall social-emotional well-being. Experts believe students are safe at school when other mitigation factors, such as masking and ventilation protocols, are in place and especially when transmission typically takes place in the community.


San Carlos School District sends exposure notices to those students and staff who have been identified to be a Close Contact or Likely Close Contact of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. An additional exposure notice is then sent to the entire school community after all Close Contacts/Likely Close Contacts have been alerted.

A Close Contact/Likely Close Contact is defined as an individual who was within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask.


It is the goal of the San Carlos School District to notify families of exposure as soon as we are able. Once we are notified that there is a positive Case of COVID-19 on campus, we must first determine who may have been exposed as a Close Contact or Likely Close Contact through contact tracing. Contact tracing can take up to 8 hours per case depending on the number of people identified. 

Additionally, San Mateo County Health prefers a laboratory-based PCR test to determine the presence of the COVID-19 virus. Obtaining test results may take up to 4 days which in turn delays our notification process. We are unable to notify our school community of a campus exposure until we receive the results from the individual case and complete the contact tracing process.

COVID-19 Exposure at School (CDPH) Chart

The CDPH notes that getting tested for COVID-19 when symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 will help with rapid contact tracing and prevent the possible spread at schools.
CDPH recommends the following: 
  • Staff members and students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection should not to return for in-person instruction until they have met these criteria:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and 
    • Other symptoms have improved; and
    • They have a negative COVID-19 test,
      • OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma)
      • OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus),
      • OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset. 
Follow the CDC's guidelines for Staying Home when Sick and Getting Tested:
  • Students, teachers, and staff who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
  • Parents and guardians should keep children home if they are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and get them tested.
Common Symptoms of COVID-19 (CDPH)
(Source - Pandemic Recovery Framework, page 10)
Please take advantage of COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department.
  • Contact your health provider for a test if you have symptoms or know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

  • Keeping COVID cases off of our campuses will keep our in-person learning possible.

  • Sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:

    • Central Middle School (parking lot, under solar structure) Tuesday/Wednesday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Thursday 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (new dates effective August 17, 2021) Register Here

    • Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here 

California Assembly Bill 130 authorizes districts to provide Independent Study for a student whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. The program SCSD is offering in 2021-22 will differ significantly from the Connections program we offered last year in that synchronous instruction will be limited, as the legislation requires just 30 minutes daily for grades K-3 and 40 minutes, 2 times per week for 4-8 grade.


Here is a presentation slide deck from the August 5, 2021 SCSD School Board Meeting with more detailed information. If you are interested in this program or would like to inquire more about it, please contact your school Principal.

See the table below for CDC recommendations concerning travel. Per the CDC recommendations concerning travel, SCSD will be using the guidelines in the table below for staff or students that travel domestically and internationally. This CDPH link has additional recommendations for guidelines for travel.
Travel Guidelines
When outdoor air quality is satisfactory, staff are encouraged to open doors and windows to bring fresh outdoor air into the building and classroom to help keep virus particles from concentrating inside. In-room (portable) air purifiers have been provided in every classroom to reduce the risk of long-range airborne transmission by providing high-efficiency filtration. In the event that outdoor air quality is poor, doors and windows should be shut, and classes being held outside should be relocated inside. The supplied air purifiers will provide filtration of both virus particles and smoke or other airborne particles. Classrooms and areas with HVAC systems have been provided with MERV rated filters that are changed quarterly. The majority of classrooms in the district do not have HVAC systems, and therefore rely on airflow from doors and windows and fans for cooling, and boilers or similar heating systems for heating. For resources and guidance on air quality, visit the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Air Quality Resources webpage.
How is SCSD Improving Air Quality in our Schools? (Added from Air Quality Protocols page 8/31/21)
Indoor airborne particles can be removed in two ways: ventilation (air exchange) and filtration (removing particles from the air).  SCSD has HVAC systems with Merv 11 filters and HEPA hospital-grade air purifiers to catch particulate matter and improve air quality.  All units are serviced quarterly and documented. Opening windows and doors further layers this support, but when air quality is compromised by smoke from wildfires, we will defer to the guidance from the San Mateo County Office of Education and close windows and doors based on that guidance. 
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Get your Flu Shot - Prevent a "Twindemic"
To prevent a “twindemic” of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza, San Mateo County Health is urging everyone over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their loved ones. Flu vaccination is part of a comprehensive public health strategy not only to reduce the burden of flu but also to preserve health care resources for care of patients with COVID-19.
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