California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has confirmed that Marin County’s Tier 1 purple status on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy means that schools that have reopened at some level are not required to close. However, schools that have not reopened at the time of transition to Tier 1 would have to remain closed to in-person instruction until Marin County returns to and retains Tier 2 status for at least 14 days.
Schools in counties that fall within the “purple” Tier 1, are not permitted to reopen for in-person instruction unless they receive a waiver from their local health department for transitional kindergarten through sixth grade. However, schools can reopen for in-person instruction once a county has achieved “red” Tier 2 status for at least two weeks. When Marin County meets state requirements for return to site-based classroom instruction, schools must follow State and Marin County Public Health guidance.
Schools that are not authorized to reopen yet, including TK-6 schools that have not received a waiver, may provide structured, in-person supervision and services to students under the state’s Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youths.
All schools that wish to reopen to site-based classroom learning in some capacity must complete a School Site-Specific Protection Plan, incorporating the guidelines listed below under “Reopening Guidelines.” The decision and timing of when to open rests with each school and school district, and schools are not required to open if not ready.
Each school must complete and implement a School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSSPP) prior to reopening. The SSSPP template combines state-level guidance published in the California State Resilience Roadmap and local Marin County public health policies.
- Marin County Public Health School Guidelines
- CDPH's COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs
- CDPH’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education
- CDPH’s School Re-opening Framework
Since March, Marin County Public Health and Marin County Office of Education have been working together with local school districts, public, private, parochial and independent schools to rethink school and prepare for a safer return to in-person instruction. In June, MCOE and Public Health issued guidelines for re-opening, which include enhanced health and safety practices, training, and surveillance testing.