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January 16, 2021        


In This Update:

  • Return To School Plan Update
  • Virtual Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Welcome Night
  • New Student Registration
  • Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Virtual Visits
  • SCEF Read-A-Thon!

Return to School Plan Update

Our District remains committed to reopening our schools. We have approval from the San Mateo County Office of Education and an agreement with the San Carlos Teachers Association (SCTA) to return to in-person learning once we are in the Red Tier. While San Mateo remains in the Purple Tier, we will remain in our distance learning model.  


It does appear that the current surge is plateauing state-wide, which provides optimism for improved conditions locally. Additionally, San Mateo County is beginning to prepare for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the next Priority Group (1B-Tier 1), which includes educators from early education, TK-12 and higher education. 


The District continues to reevaluate its plan with changing health and legal conditions. Dr. Harmeier will provide an update to the Board next Thursday regarding the Governor’s Safe Schools For All Plan. 


SCSD has developed its Return to School Procedures plan (last updated January 13, 2021) for safely reopening our school sites and beginning to return students.


See our Return to School Plan & COVID-19 Resources page for more information. 


Virtual Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Welcome Night Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 pm

Each year, the SCSD welcomes our newest families into the district with a Kindergarten Information Night, introducing them to our community partners and reviewing the process for registering for Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten (TK).


This year, we will hold a virtual Kindergarten Welcome Night / Meet the San Carlos School District at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The presentation will include information from SCEF, PTA, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Extended Day Programs, Preschool Programs, and district Wellness Programs as well as an overview of the registration process.


Zoom participants will have a Q & A option at the end of the meeting. Zoom has a capacity of 300 participants. If you are unable to join via Zoom, please watch the presentation live on YouTube.

The presentation will also be available on our website the following day.


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 989 2821 4883
Passcode: 340068

Watch on YouTube -

New Student Registration

On Wednesday, January 20 at 12:00 pm noon the Powerschool Registration Form will open for new students and any students returning to the district to begin their registration. All registration will be completed online and parents will be asked to upload their documents into the system. The deadline for priority registration is February 26.

See our Key Dates for Registration page for more information.


Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Virtual Visits

New families, please visit your school website to register in advance.

  • Arundel Elementary - January 15 & January 27
  • Brittan Acres Elementary - February 5
  • Heather Elementary - February 5
  • White Oaks Elementary - February 5


Have Fun with the SCEF Read-A-Thon!

What is it?

The Read-A-Thon is a free two-week program where the San Carlos School District schools and families focus on and celebrate reading while also raising funds for our schools. Participation is completely optional and voluntary!


How do I register my reader?

Register here! Then, share your reader’s pledge page link with grandparents, family, friends, and anyone else who would like to support your child’s reading!


What will my reader need to do on January 25th?

Start reading! Students can read any book they choose: those celebrating diversity, poetry, comics, or listen to someone else reading to them! All those minutes count! Readers will log the minutes they read every day with the ‘Online Minute Tracker’ on this site.


How do I and others contribute to my reader’s fundraising goal?

Donate directly on your reader’s online pledge page, and share the link with friends and family! Donations are tax-deductible and no amount is too small. All parent donations also count toward annual SCEF giving.


Where can I find books for my reader?

The San Carlos Public Library will have Grab and Go book bundles available for curbside pickup and has also organized reading lists on social justice, anti-racism, and celebration of diversity. The Reading Bug also has a big collection of books from which to choose.


Our shared Read-A-Thon goals:

1. Build a love of reading with our students and raise money for our schools.
2. Get to 100% student sign up across the district.
3. Raise $200,000 for our district


Important Dates Ahead


District Calendar

  • January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School
  • January 19 - Kindergarten/ New Family Welcome Night
  • January 20 - 2020-2021 New Student Registration Begins Online
  • January 21 - School Board Meeting
  • January 28 - Special School Board Meeting
  • January 29 - 2 + 2 Committee Meeting: City of SC and SCSD
  • February 2-4 - ROPES Judging
  • February 4 - Special School Board Meeting
  • February 11 - School Board Meeting
  • February 15-19 - February Break - No School


Return to School Plan & COVID-19 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 Return to School Plan & COVID-19 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.