Resources for Students and Parents

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, SDCOE’s priority is to ensure that our students and parents stay informed and have the necessary resources and supports during this unprecedented time. 

The County of San Diego, San Diego County Office of Education, and Rady Children’s Hospital recently formed a partnership to create a video to address parent questions about COVID-19 and reopening schools. The video includes presentations by Rady Children’s Hospital’s infectious disease physicians and other experts on symptoms, mitigation measures, and lessons learned from other countries’ reopening of schools and from the hospital’s experience treating COVID patients.


About COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Because it is a new virus, and variants are developing, scientists are learning more each day. Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause severe illness and even death. Some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness.
COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:


  • Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
  • Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
  • Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.

Learn more about COVID-19 variants, including omicron and delta on the CDC's "What You Need to Know About Variants" page. 

Symptoms to Watch For
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19. This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19. 
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain (possible symptom in children)
  • Poor appetite or poor feeding (possible symptom in children)


General Prevention of the Virus

  1. Get vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19: Make sure that all age-eligible individuals in your family get the COVID-19 vaccination.
  2. Flu shot: Make sure all family members are up-to-date with their flu shots.
  3. Physical distancing: Stay 6 feet away from others
  4. Avoid crowds
  5. Promote basic hygiene:
    • Any coughing or sneezing should be directed into ones sleeve (inside elbow), rather than into hands or the air. 
    • Wash hands after using and handling used tissues, after blowing nose, before/after eating, and after toilet use.
    • Wash for 20 seconds with soap, rub between fingers and under nails; and then rinse and dry. (May use alcohol (60%+) hand gel if sinks are not readily available.)
    • Avoid rubbing your own eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Do not share utensils, cups etc.
    • Stay home when sick.
    • Avoid contact with those who are sick.
  6. Individuals should wear a mask/face covering
  7. Clean and disinfect
  8. Monitor your health daily

Visit the CDC for more guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Physical Distancing

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Physical distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Face Coverings

Face coverings must be used in accordance with CDPH guidelines unless a person is exempt as explained in the guidelines.

As of March 12, 2022, face coverings are strongly recommended but no longer required indoors for students in all grade levels K-12. Students may choose to wear a mask and masks will continue to be available for students. Please note that students in congregate care settings, including juvenile detention facilities and San Pasqual Academy, are still required to wear face coverings.

If a student chooses to continue wearting a cloth face covering or face shield, it can be removed for meals, snacks, naptime, or when it needs to be replaced. When a cloth face covering is temporarily removed, it should be placed in a clean, safe area, clearly marked with the student’s name and date, until it needs to be put on again. Additional details are outlined in the most recent CDPH guidance for schools

As of March 12, 2022, wearing masks indoors is no longer required but strongly recommended for adults in K-12 school settings.

For staff who choose to continue wearing a face covering, CDPH recommends the use of disposable 3-ply surgical masks, which are more effective than cloth face coverings. In limited situations where a face covering cannot be used for pedagogical or developmental reasons, (e.g., communicating or assisting young children or those with special needs) a face shield with a drape (per CDPH guidelines) can be used instead of a face covering while in the classroom as long as the wearer maintains physical distance from others. 

Please note that employees in congregate care settings, including juvenile detention facilities and San Pasqual Academy, and who work with medically fragile students, including HOPE Infant and Friendship School, are still required to wear face coverings.


Information on COVID-19 from Public Health 


Guidance Documents for Schools


Health News


Healthy Meals for Students


Learning Resources 


Mental and Emotional Supports and Wellness


Support Services

  • 2-1-1: 2-1-1 connects people with San Diego county's more than 6,000 social services available. They offer support in housing and utilities, food assistance, enrollment services, military and veteran services, health, social, and disaster services. Assistance is free, confidential, available 24/7, and offered in more than 200 languages. 
  • Employment Development Department: Provides support services to workers impacted by the coronavirus and outlines what benefits they may qualify for.
  • COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians from the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance


Protecting Your Home


Discounts on Internet Service

 Computers 2 Kids provides low cost refurbished computers to families in the San Diego area. If you need a computer at home, please contact call 858-200-9788 or email for details. 

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