Covid-19 Safety Protocols

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    Stay Home if you Get Sick

    Stay Home
    if you are experiencing COVID
    symptoms or have tested positive for COVID. If your test is negative but you continue to have symptoms, test again 24-48 hours later. Additionally, please see further instructions below:

    Staff: Complete the 23-24 COVID Staff Reporting Form. Contact your supervisor to alert them to your absence. Enter your absence into Aesop. Details that will be needed include the following:

    1. Date Symptoms started
    2. Date you tested (swab date, not results date)
    3. Last day on campus 
    4. Anyone in your household attend or work at any of our sites? Please list names and locations

    Students: Complete your school's Attendance Reporting Form. Email your school’s Health Aide and provide:

    1. Date symptoms started
    2. Date you tested (swab date, not results date)
    3. Last day on campus 
    4. Anyone in your household attend or work at any of our sites? Please list names and locations

    If You Test Positive for COVID
    The CDPH isolation guidance applies to students and school staff: 

    • Stay home for at least 5 days. Positive test date or symptom onset is "day 0"

    • Isolation can end after day 5 IF symptoms are not present or are resolving 

    • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.

    • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.

    • Wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask around others for a total of 10 days.

    Return to Campus ~ Students:

    • Student isolates for the required 5 days.

    • Day 6 - Day 10: Students can return if symptoms are not present or resolving

    • Health Aides will adjust attendance in Aeries based on clearing student to return to campus.

    Return to Campus ~ Staff:

    • Staff isolates for the required 5 days.

    • Day 6 - Day 10: Staff can return if symptoms have resolved/are resolving..

    POSITIVE TEST - Reach out to your medical provider right away about medicines to fight COVID-19. Medicines are safe and effective in preventing severe symptoms. If you are uninsured or cannot reach a medical provider, get a FREE telehealth visit online at or call 1-888-897-1244.

    COVID Testing
    In accordance with California Education Code section 32096, SMUHSD will prioritize at-home rapid antigen testing this year and will have minimal on-site testing. Please stop by your health office or District Office to access free COVID tests. 

    Exposure notifications
    The District will use a group tracing model to notify students and staff members of possible exposure to COVID-19. This means that staff and students will be notified when there is a confirmed positive case on their campus or school/work location. These notifications will be disseminated weekly to your email and/or text via our communications system, ParentSquare

    Reporting COVID Test Results 

    If you have any questions, call your school health office or the District COVID line 650-558-2228 and leave a message.

    The San Mateo Union High School District follows the guidance of the California Department of Public Health and San Mateo County regarding face masks. Masks are available in the health office and by request. For students and staff returning after a recent positive test they should continue to wear a mask for a full 10 days while indoors. 

    The District continues to encourage all eligible individuals to get the COVID vaccine and booster. The vaccine is free and readily available to all Californians ages six months and older regardless of immigration or insurance status. Visit to find a free vaccine near you today. For more information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines visit the CDPH’s website.

    Sick Leave for Staff Who Get COVID (The State Bill expired 1/1/2023, SMUHSD extended this benefit until 6/30/2024, for those staff who have not yet received COVID leave in any prior years beginning 2020-present) 
    Per Senate Bill 114, California requires employers to provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for most workers through December 31, 2022.  This includes circumstances in which workers are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis, attending a vaccine appointment for themselves or for a family member, and/or if a worker's child is isolating due to COVID-19 infection. Workers, depending on classification, are entitled up to 10 days total from January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022. Staff may submit a request for reclassification of sick leave hours form. Once the form is completed, Human Resources will make appropriate revisions to pay.

Schedule your COVID Booster today!

  • There are a variety of local clinics providing the updated COVID-19 booster to those who may be eligible. Book your appointment today!




    Kaiser (for members)

    Sutter Health (for members)

    Do you have questions regarding the updated C19 booster? Find more on the CDC's website.

Free Covid Tests

  • Order At-Home Test Kits from USPS

    Residential households in the U.S. can order one additional set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:

    • Limit of one order per residential address

    • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests

Expired Covid Tests

  • The California Department of Public Health endorses the emergency use of over-the counter COVID-19 Tests beyond their FDA authorized expiration. This blanket extension, subject to appropriate internal control development * during testing, is valid until CDPH posts that the emergency extension has ended, at which point participants should cease using tests beyond their printed expiration dates. 

    Learn more.