COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Health Resources
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.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 please contact KSD school nurse, Laurel Yrun at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
Public Health Update
Public Health COVID Update | Return to School Testing Guidance
The Marin County Public Health continues to enforce the Marin County SMARTER Schools Plan for the 2022-2023 school year, this is the same plan that was implemented at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 academic year. On August 15, the Marin County Public Health and the Marin County Office of Education provided a Public Health Community Update via Zoom. The KSD will post the recording in our newsletter on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
Public Health Community Update Flyer
Marin County Public Health is urging COVID testing for symptomatic individuals, exposure and/or high risk activity. HERE is guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) specifying situations in which to test. Families are urged to have test kits in the home, which can be obtained from the school offices during regular school hours or at local pharmacies. If you test positive, please report to Laurel Yrun at email@example.com, no need to report negative test results. The KSD will continue to reference Marin County’s Public Health’s Isolation, Quarantine, and Travel Guidance for TK-12 Schools to address COVID exposure.
Public Health Letter to the School Community on subvariant (BA.2) – released May 12, 2022
Public Health Letter to the School Community on End of the Year Events – released April 28, 2022
- Public Health Update for the School Community - Slides, April 13, 2022
- Public Health Update for the School Community - Video Recording, April 13, 2022
- Community Health Update Public Health Update for Parents and Guardians - Slides, April 13, 2022
- Community Health Update Public Health Update for Parents and Guardians - Video Recording, April 13, 2022
- Public Health Update for the School Community - Slides, March 9, 2022
- Public Health Update for the School Community - Video Recording, March 9, 2022
- Governors Newsom, Brown and Inslee Announce Updated Health Guidance - recorded February 28, 2022
- Dr. Mark Gahly, California Health and Human Services Secretary - update February 28, 2022
- How to Help Kids Navigate the New Era of No-Mask School - Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2022
March 28, the Marin County Public Health and the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) released our new SMARTER Schools Plan. This plan offers updated guidance to all our TK-12 schools related to COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
Marin County SMARTER Schools Plan, which is now in effect and replaces the 32-Point Plan as our Public Health guidance document, and is now posted on the Rethinking Schools Website. Existing School Site Specific Protection Plans (based on the 32-point plan) can continue to be utilized.
Public health as opened Covid-19 vaccinations to everyone who lives or works in Marin and are age 5 and older. There is sufficient vaccine capacity for the general public and good availability for appointments.
- Find vaccine locations and make an appointment: coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine/signup
Marin County COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccination is now available.
Dates and locations for access to pediatric vaccinations can be found HERE.
Pediatric COVID-19 Panel Discussion & Information
Public Health, Pediatric and Infectious Disease panelists provided information on pediatric vaccinations and answered concerns from caregivers during a series of panel discussions. Recordings of the panel discussions are provided below.
- October 6, 2021 English Panel Discussion
- October 13, 2021 Spanish Panel Discussion
- Pediatric Vaccination Information & FAQ
Vaccination Verification Request Forthcoming
Please note KSD will be formally requesting verification of fully vaccinated 5-11 years olds beginning December 6, 2021.
- Whether your family is insured or not there are free and easy testing options in our county.
Free COVID-19 Tests Avaiable
Regular testing of residents with symptoms, and isolation for at least five days for those with positive results, is a critical facet of stopping the spread of COVID-19.
- Order your own free at home test kits: With COVID-19 home test kits now available from the federal government, Marin County Public Health is urging residents to log onto COVIDtests.gov and place an order for your free at-home COVID-19 tests. Or you can go directly to the USPS site to place your order atspecial.usps.com/testkits.
- Reimbursement from health insurance providers: As of January 15, health insurance providers must provide reimbursement for the cost of up to eight at home COVID-19 tests per month, which may be purchased from a pharmacy, store or online retailer and submitted a claim or reimbursement. Kaiser has reached out to patients to provide notification and is accepting forms through their www.KP.org patient portals (see this document to help navigate).
- Find a covid test website : Go to www.findacovidtest.org for up to date information on where antigen tests may be available.
Marin Public Health New School Status Dashboard
An updated schools dashboard was unveiled on September 3, and differentiates between schools that have fully reopened to in-person instruction, schools that are closed for operation reasons (power outage, etc.), and schools which are closed due to an outbreak.
- Marin County Office of Education COVID-19 Resources
- Marin County Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Resources
- CDC COVID-19 Resources
- OnwardCA - Losing your job amidst a pandemic is traumatic. OnwardCA is a resource that has been rapidly deployed to help you get money or groceries or childcare; help you upskill, reskill, or refresh; and help you land a great new job
- Marin County Rethinking Schools - includes the Smarter Schools Plan
- Marin County Schools Quarantine & Isolation Guidance - Document subject to change
To help prevent the spread of germs:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
Talking to Your Children about COVID-19
- National Association of School Pyschologists - guidelines, tips, and resources