Covid-19 Safety Protocols

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    If You Test Positive for COVID

    SMUHSD continues to follow the CDPH’s COVID-19 Isolation Guidance for all students and staff. 

    Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, until you have not had a fever for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication AND other COVID-19 symptoms​ are mild and improving.​

    Mask when you are around other people indoors for the 10 days after you become sick or test positive (if no symptoms). Day 0 is symptom onset date or positive test date.  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:

    • Date Symptoms started
    • Date you tested (swab date, not results date)
    • Last day on campus 
    • 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:


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

    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.

    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. Please also refer to the CDPH’s When to Keep Your Child Home from School for other symptoms.

    COVID Testing
    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
    CDPH continues to recommend that schools consider a general notification to the entire school community during times of elevated community transmission of COVID-19. Community notification of increased transmission can serve as a reminder to monitor for symptoms, use available rapid testing/treatment options, and prevent further spread.
    The District will  notify staff members in compliance with Cal-OSHA of possible exposures to COVID-19. This means that staff will be notified when there is a confirmed positive case on their campus or work location. These notifications will be disseminated weekly to your email and/or text via our communications system, ParentSquare. Learn more about ParentSquare including how to download the app on the District’s website:


    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. Students and staff returning after a recent positive test 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. 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.