February 10, 2021        


In This Update:

  • Confirmation of Our Return To Campus TK-5 

  • Student and Family Testing 

  • Parents Needed - Campus Supervisors, Substitute Teachers and Custodians

  • Our Collective Social Contract To Stay Safe

TK-5 - Prepare to Return to Campus Starting After Break!

We received confirmation from the San Mateo County Office of Education last night that we can begin our on campus orientations and Phase 3 Some In-Person Learning according to the timeline below. We were not contacted to make any modifications from the State after submitting our plan.  

We can begin on campus learning when the San Mateo County adjusted case rate is 25 or less. Yesterday, the new adjusted case rate was 15.4 cases per 100,000 people, down from 17.9 last Tuesday.  

  • See more information about the color tier system and data updates on case rates on Tuesdays at noon here: Blueprint For A Safer Economy.

  • SCSD will transition back to Distance Learning if the cases in SMC exceed 25 per 100,000 people, unless teachers have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated.

Please take some time during the break to read our Return To School Procedures Plan (Plan), and other resources for parents and staff on our COVD-19 Resource page here.

Your principal and teacher will be communicating more specific information to you prior to your child’s orientation week.


Timeline for Phased-In Approach


Grades TK-1 - Week of Feb 22
  • February 22-26: Orientation Sessions
  • March 1-5: Some In-Person Instruction Begins

Grades 2-3 - Week of March 1

  • March 1-5: Orientation Sessions
  • March 8-12: Some In-Person Instruction Begins

Grades 4-5 - Week of March 8

  • March 8-12: Orientation Sessions
  • March 15-19: Some In-Person Instruction Begins

Grades 6-8 - Date TBD

  • We will begin Phase 3 Some In-Person Instruction for middle schoolers with orientation sessions* after grades 4-5 and when SMC reaches 4-7 cases/100,000 people (Red Tier) required by State Guidelines.



Student and Community Testing to Keep our Kids On Campus 

Please take advantage of the no-cost surveillance COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department.  

  • Please sign up for weekly testing for yourself and your child. 

  • 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. As a reminder, if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID, we will need to transition that cohort back to distance learning for at least two weeks to avoid spreading the virus. 

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

Our SCSD Social Contract To Stay Safe - Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Parents have asked what they can do to get their kids back to campus for some in-person learning. Every family has a role to play in keeping our kids on campus. These are things you and your family can do to keep cases off of our campuses:

  1. Get your family tested weekly using community testing sites throughout San Mateo County or anywhere that is convenient for you.

  2. Do not send your child to school if they have ANY symptoms and complete the Fever Free App thoughtfully and honestly. If in doubt, call the school for consultation.

  3. Avoid gathering with people outside of your household.

  4. Wear high-quality masks when you are outside of your house and interacting with people outside of your household.

  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water.

  6. Avoid non-essential travel; especially air travel or other forms of transportation where you will be sharing air with people outside of your household.

  7. If you and your household have traveled, PLEASE quarantine at home when you return and do not send your child to in-person learning for at least 10 days.  Phase 3 afternoon sessions are OPTIONAL.

  8. If you and/or members of your household have interacted closely with people outside of your household please quarantine and do not send your child to in-person learning for at least 10 days.

Parents and Other Adults Needed! Campus Supervisors, Substitute Teachers and Custodians. Apply Today!

Moms, Dads, Grandparents, College-Aged Kids, Retired Neighbors!


Campus Supervisors Needed - Apply Here

We need you! Come and help out at your child's school and be paid for it. We cannot have volunteers serving in this role. You can help by applying for this job. We are hiring part-time campus staff to help with drop-off, pick-up and playground supervision. Shifts are flexible - come and work a little or a lot!

Be part of the campus supervisor team at your child's school! It will take a large group of people working together for a few hours a week each to make the most of our on-campus time.


Substitute Teachers Needed - Apply Here

Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree and want to help us out through the end of the school year with getting kids on campus and supporting them in-person and perhaps virtually? Please consider applying to become a substitute teacher. You can choose how and when to support the return of our students to campus! As parents, you have all received a lot of training around distance learning over the past year, and we could really use your help now! Please become a substitute teacher for SCSD!


Custodian Positions - Full-Time Evening and Substitute Positions - Apply Here for Full Time and Here for Substitute Positions

We have 2 full-time evening custodian positions available between 11:00 am-11:00 pm depending on school schedules. We also need people who can sign up as a substitute custodian and help out for a full or part-time shift. Please recruit college students or others who would like to have part-time work after school and evenings. We need more people willing to help our schools stay clean!

Thank you for your patience and support as we prepare for the return of our students to school, and please continue to follow the four pillars to stay safe!


Michelle Harmeier


Important Dates Ahead

District Calendar

  • February 11 - School Board Meeting

  • February 15-19 - February Break - No School

  • February 22 - TK-1 On-Campus Orientation Week

  • February 25 - School Board Meeting

  • March 1 - 2-3 On-Campus Orientation Week

  • March 8 - 4-5 On-Campus Orientation Week

See below for the most recent Superintendent communication.
Previous communications can be found listed to the far right of this page.

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Resources

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 moving towards safely reopening our school campuses to resume on-site, in-person teaching, and learning. 

Please see our COVID-19 Safety Plan & Resources page for more information.

Superintendent of Schools - Dr. Michelle Harmeier, Ed.D.
Dr. Harmeier
Dr. Michelle Harmeier joined the San Carlos community in July 2018. Dr. Harmeier is a seasoned instructional leader who brings decades of experience as a teacher, principal, district administrator and community builder. Her 25-year career in education includes a vast array of experiences, including six years as a classroom teacher and 12 years serving as a principal at both elementary and middle schools. Dr. Harmeier served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Anaheim Elementary School District, she was the Director of Human Resources for the San Mateo-Foster City School District, and before that, she was a principal and assistant principal at several schools in Dry Creek Joint Elementary District near Sacramento and Dixie School District in San Rafael. She began her career in education as a sixth-grade teacher in Eureka Union School District near Granite Bay, CA. Read more about Dr. Harmeier here.