The Latest on COVID-19


As of June 16, the San Diego County Public Health Department has authorized the reopening of public, charter, and private school facilities, provided they comply with local and state guidelines. SDCOE and districts throughout the county are working in consultation with local public health officials to prepare for reopening. Please contact your local district for details about their plan.  

Under San Diego County’s public health order, individuals are encouraged to “remain in their place of residence, except for employees or customers traveling to and from essential businesses, reopened businesses, or essential activities as defined in section 21, or to participate in individual or family outdoor activity allowed by the order. Residents two years and older shall wear a face covering whenever they are within 6 feet of another person who is not a member of their family or household when they leave their home or place of residence."

With schools officially on summer break, many districts have transitioned to their summer feeding programs. Please visit SDCOE's website for the latest known locations for service, and reach out to your district or school to confirm details before visiting. Feeding San Diego is another resource for families facing hunger. Families can receive food at Feeding San Diego distributions throughout the region. Please visit their webpage for information.

Pandemic Response Plan Template 

Now Available

As you know SDCOE has been developing a pandemic response threat plan template for districts that is customizable to help in preparing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) should it spread in San Diego County.

Based on guidance from national, state, and local health agencies, and developed in consultation with public and school health officials, school safety experts, and administrators from public, private, and charter schools, the SDCOE Pandemic Threat: COVID-19 template.

  • Defines roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders
  • Includes triggering criteria for actions to take before, while, and after COVID-19 cases are present
  • Lists goals, objectives, and action steps districts and schools should take in each scenario

Explore the Pandemic Plan Download Word Template 

Current Understanding of the Virus

  • Symptoms most commonly include: fever with cough or shortness of breath; some people have fewer or no symptoms at all.  Headache, sore throat, and runny nose also occur with this virus.
  • Spread is most likely from droplets (cough and sneezing)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health threat, but with health risk from this virus to be low at this time. 
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure.
  • Most people with this infection will recover on their own. There is no specific treatment for novel coronavirus infection yet.  
  • For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care. 

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