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

A new, or novel, coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The disease it causes has been named COVID-19. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person in one of the following ways: 
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
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. Make sure all family members are up-to-date with their flu shots.
  2. Promote basic hygiene:
    • Any coughing or sneezing should be directed into one’s 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.
    • If you are sick, stay home and keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. 
    • Avoid contact with those who are sick.

Support Materials

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

Students in grades 3 through 12 are required by the California Department of Public Health to wear face coverings in school to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Children two years of age through second grade are strongly encouraged to wear them. Persons younger than 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance are exempt from wearing them. All staff must use face coverings in accordance with CDPH guidelines unless Cal/OSHA standards require respiratory protection. In limited situations where a face coverings cannot be used for pedagogical or developmental reasons, (i.e. communicating or assisting young children or those with special needs) a face shield can be used instead of a cloth face covering while in the classroom as long as the wearer maintains physical distance from others, to the extent practicable. Staff must return to wearing a face covering outside of the classroom.

Here are some considerations for wearing a face covering, and how to select, wear, and clean your mask.


Cleaning and disinfecting

It’s recommended that schools increase cleaning and disinfecting practices to reduce the spread of germs and protect against a potential COVID-19 outbreak. These practices may include:
  • Suspending or modifying use of site resources that necessitate sharing or touching items, such as drinking fountains.
  • Limiting use and sharing of objects and equipment, such as toys, games, art supplies, and playground equipment to the extent practicable. When shared use is allowed, items should be cleaned and disinfected between uses.
  • Frequently touched surfaces at school and on school buses should be cleaned and disinfected at least daily. As practicable, these surfaces may be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day by trained custodial staff. Frequently touched surfaces in the school include, but are not limited to:
    • Door handles
    • Light switches
    • Sink handles
    • Bathroom surfaces
    • Tables
    • Student desks
    • Chairs
  • Buses should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily and after transporting any individual who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Drivers should be provided disinfectant wipes and disposable gloves to support disinfection of frequently touched surfaces during the day.
  • Disinfecting products used must be from those approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list “N” and follow product instructions.
  • Products should be applied safely and correctly, and kept away from students.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting should take place when students are not present. Introduce fresh air as much as possible to ensure proper ventilation. If using air conditioning, use the setting that brings in outside air.


Information on COVID-19 from Public Health 


Guidance Documents for Schools


Health Alerts


Healthy Meals for Students


Learning Resources 


Being at Home


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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