The Latest on COVID-19


Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with local public health, all San Diego County school districts were closed as of March 16 in order to curb the potential transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn more about confirmed school closures. 

Many schools throughout the county are continuing food service for students during this period of school closure. Any student age 2 to 18 can go to any school site providing meals and receive food. Please visit SDCOE's website for the latest known locations for service.  Please confirm location and services with your specific school or district. 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.

On March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID19. Read more about this order.

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. 

News and Updates

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