Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
Marin County school leaders are in close contact with the County Department of Health and Human Services to obtain the most current guidance related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
General Guidelines for Schools:
We encourage all students, parents, and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu.
- Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
- Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.
- Separate sick students and staff from others until they can be picked up to go home.
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water and/or hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Resources for Schools, Families and the Community
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) videos related to good handwashing techniques
- Posters, Graphics and Fact Sheets - CDC
- How to Clean and Disinfect Schools to Slow the Spread of the Flu
- Stay Healthy Marin graphic -Marin County Department of Health (Spanish)
- Video: Talking to kids about the coronavirus
- Comic: What Kids Want to Know about Coronavirus (National Public Radio)
- 3/31/09 Marin County Public Health Order to Shelter in Place thru May 3
- 3/25/20 Marin County Schools Extend School Classroom Instruction through May 1(Spanish)
- 3/19/20 - CA Executive Order to Shelter at Home statewide
- 3/16/20 Marin County Public Health Order to Shelter in Place
- 3/13/20 Marin County Schools Suspend Classroom Instruction (Spanish)
- 3/9/20 Marin County Public Health - Guidelines for Large Gatherings (Spanish)
- 3/6/20 Public Health guidance for teachers to monitor student health
- 3/5/20 CA Department of Education Guidance for Schools
- 3/3/20 Health Advisory from Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (Spanish)
- 3/3/20 Press Release: Marin County Schools Prepare for Coronavirus/COVID-19 (Spanish)
- 2/26/20 Health Advisory from Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (Spanish)
- 2/12/20 County of Marin Joint Statement against Discrimination in COVID-19 Response (Spanish)
- 2/7/20 California Department of Education K-12 School Guidance
- 2/4/20 Health Advisory from Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (Spanish)
- 1/27/20 Health Advisory from Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (Spanish)
Resources for Current Information:
- California Department of Public Health
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Marin Health and Human Services
- Questions from the public can be directed to (415)473-7191 or COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
- California Department of Education
Resources to support teaching and learning in the event of extended student absence or school dismissal. Resources based on guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
April 7, 2020 - Marin County has aligned with six Bay Area county health officers and county superintendents of schools to make a unified, regional decision to extend school closures through the end of the school year. All schools will continue to provide instruction through distance learning.
The County of Marin has collaborated with several other agencies to create the new Marin County Emergency PopUp Childcare Program to support health care workers, first responders, disaster service workers, and all other essential workers working or living in Marin while classroom instruction has been suspended during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Space in the programs is limited. All child care centers follow social distancing, sanitation, and hygiene practices described in detail in a March 13 Public Health Advisory.