Health & Safety Guidelines 2020-2021

In this extraordinary time of uncertainty as we face the global pandemic of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that we care for ourselves and each other with intention, self-awareness, and empathy. Navigating this uncharted territory can be challenging at times, yet the MP&MS community continues to model resilience, embrace growth, and creatively respond as new circumstances arise.


We have implemented protocols and procedures that mitigate transmission of COVID-19, while allowing us to maintain the sense of connection that empowers learning at MP&MS. We ask you to join us in considering how we can all work together to protect the health and well-being of every member of the MP&MS community. The commitment your family makes to following our guidelines at school, at home, and in your own communities will directly impact our ability to prevent transmission of COVID-19 at MP&MS, to stay healthy, and to keep our campus open for in-person learning. 

Safely reopening our school during a pandemic requires that we maintain open lines of communication between our families, our school, and the Marin County Department of Public Health. If your child or family experiences any concerning symptoms, pending COVID-19 tests, or potential close contacts, please clearly communicate this information to our two Public Health Liaisons, Rose Wolf and Sara Sullivan, to help us respond quickly and efficiently with the most up-to-date protocols available from Public Health. This will allow us to assess exposure risk to the school community through contact tracing. 

Public Health Waiver & Return to Campus: Marin Primary & Middle School received approval for our public health waiver in September, which allowed 1st through 6th grade students to return to campus for in-person learning, regardless of Marin County’s Tier designation by the State of California.

We were excited to also Welcome our 7th & 8th graders back to campus at the beginning of November. Having our whole school together again is made possible by our whole community partnering together to follow our health and safety guidelines.

Ongoing Distance Learning: We understand that some families may have extenuating circumstances or may not feel comfortable having their child return to campus during this time. We will continue to offer distance learning opportunities so that every MP&MS student and family feels connected to our community. Your division director will be in touch shortly to share the details of this program.

Guidelines & Procedures

The following protocols that have been implemented include (but are not limited to): 

  • Face coverings are required for all students junior kindergarten-eighth grade, as well as teachers and staff. Face coverings are highly encouraged for all children ages two and older.
  • Physical distancing as practicable, including redesigned classroom and instructional spaces to minimize proximity between students and with teachers
  • Stable classroom cohorts that do not mix with other cohorts
  • Frequent and regular hand washing 
  • Daily health screenings prior to  arrival (with staggered drop-off and pick-up times to facilitate traffic flow)
  • The use of touchless faucets
  • Frequent cleaning and regular disinfection of all high-touch surfaces and spaces

Please note that the protocols and procedures in this manual may be adapted based on current Public Health guidelines. We will inform families of any updates in a timely manner. While we are following all Public Health guidelines and being vigilant in our daily practices, we cannot eliminate all risk of exposure to communicable diseases, including COVID-19.