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SMFCSD Updated Face covering Guidance

On March 2, 2022, San Mateo County Health announced a shift in its guidance to a strong recommendation that students, teachers, and others continue to mask while indoors in school settings. The San Mateo-Foster City School District will align with this shift to change mask-wearing protocols effective Monday, March 14, 2022.

Beginning on March 14, 2022, indoor masking will be strongly recommended for all students and staff.

  • Staff and students in school settings are strongly recommended to mask when sharing indoor spaces and also outside of the classroom when in large gatherings.
  • Masks are strongly recommended for all PreK-8 settings but are not required when eating or drinking.
  • Schools will provide a face covering to all students or staff who request to wear a mask at school.
  • The district will monitor COVID case numbers should a surge in cases result in recommended changes by the California Department of Public Health to our masking protocol.
  • Students, staff, and families are asked to respect everyone's individual decision regarding masking at school. We ask that each be allowed to make their decision in the spirit of collaboration and kindness.


The San Mateo-Foster City School District has updated its reporting of COVID cases. View the image below with the PDF link to the updated COVID-19 Weekly Reporting Document. This document only includes students, a separate Staff Cases report document will be posted soon, showing all district departments and school sites.

Updated COVID New weekly reporting document in english with PDF linked Image of the new COVID weekly reporting document in Spanish with PDF link

Staff COVID Cases 5/16 -5/20

*Note: Weekly cases include cases reported over the weekend


English COVID Community Testing Calendar Spanish COVID Community Testing Calendar

District Response to cases

Image of Districts steps in response to COVID cases Imagen de los pasos de los distritos en respuesta a los casos de COVID


  •  We are excited to welcome our students for full in-person instruction for all students in August. We believe it is important for students to be learning in classrooms with their teachers and spending time on campus, seeing old friends and making new ones. We're looking forward to a wonderful year!


     Image of the document for safe return to schools in english  Image of the document for safe return to schools in spanish


    *Documents Last Updated on Friday, August 6, 2021


    Implementing a safe return to in-person instruction for all is our priority. We are encouraged about increases in San Mateo County vaccination rates and yet we remain cautious about COVID-19. Vaccination remains the leading prevention strategy to address the spread of the COVI-19 pandemic. 

    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. We will soon post our "Safe Return to School 2021-2022" document on this page for your review. 

  • Previously Reported Weekly COVID Cases Document(s)

    Aug - December Previous Dashbaord Data

  • iHome Instructional Video

    As a district, we will continue to implement a layered system of mitigation strategies to keep everyone healthy. Anyone (students/staff/parents) entering our schools must wear a mask appropriately at all times. We will continue routine hand washing and sanitizing. We will continue cleaning/disinfecting facilities. We will continue to implement pooled testing.


    Distribution of iHealth Self Test COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (After Quarantine period)

    Upon returning to school, contact your school office to receive a R.A.T. Each kit contains two tests, which families can get from their school site. Children should be presenting a negative test before returning to school. 

    Any positive COVID-19 test results from an at-home test must be reported to the school site. Students can return to school 10 days after the positive at-home test. For further information on administering tests, view the instructional videos linked below.



  • Travel Guidance's

    Click on image for PDF

    Travel Guidance in English

    Travel guidance in spanish

    CDC Travel Updates

  • Please go to the Long-Term Independent Study (LTIS) 2021-2022 webpage for information on this option.