Rethinking Schools: A Public Health
Guided Return to Site-Based Classroom Instruction in the Age of COVID-19

Students with Staff Member Candice Aguirre and Jonathan Lucha from Marin's Community School



MCOE is working with Curative to offer a Pilot Community Testing program for students, family, and community members.

Location: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection parking lot at 1100 Las Gallinas Avenue across the street from the Marin County Office of Education

  • Monday, November 30, 2020 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pre-registration and appointment is required at the following link:

Emotional Intelligence Talk with Author DB Bedford
All Invited!

Join us for a talk with author DB Bedford on Emotional Intelligence. This virtual session will take participants through the 4 fundamentals of emotional intelligence, 4 secrets and 4 personality styles --- by way of storytelling – to improve work and personal/family relationships, especially during this time of racial injustice and COVID-19.

Choose One:
December 10th 2020 from 3-4:30pm -OR-
January 14
th 2021 from 4-5:30pm

Register here:

Presented in English with Live Spanish Translation.
All are invited! Please share this with your entire school community.


10/29/20 Community Conversation with Public Health:

Click here to view the recorded session (English)
Haga clic aquí para ver la sesión grabada (Español)
Presentation Slides

Calling all youth ages 12-25 to create art and crush COVID this November! Use your creativity to address and inspire the following: My Reason for Wearing a Face Covering is…

All art forms are eligible, including: original music, dance, spoken word, poetry, short films, Tik Tok and more. Opportunity to win Amazon gift cards up to $300, and have your art displayed in Crushing the Curve social media campaigns. Deadline for art submission is November 30.

Through a partnership with Crushing the Curve, November’s prompt is “My Reasons for Wearing a Face Covering”. Submissions due November 30th!

How to get involved:

  1. View more details here:

  2. Select a submission format: Express yourself! Any art form suitable for sharing via social media is acceptable: original music, dance, spoken word, art, poetry, a speech, ANYTHING! This is your chance to tell your story and be creative.

  3. Pick a content category: Hope, Justice or Monthly Prompt

    • Hope: What helps you get through tough times?

    • Justice: Create a project that shares a perspective or your personal experience with discrimination or injustice in a way that encourages others to be open to a new point of view.

    • The monthly prompt for November is “My Reasons for Wearing a Face Covering”

  4. Create project and submit entry form! Submissions welcome in all languages!

Hear from Our AMAZING Special Education Parents on Their Thoughts of Returning to the Classroom!

Marin County high school students discuss mental health and wellness and student engagement with their district leadership teams on 10/07/20.

Marin County Public Health Guided Return to Site-Based Classroom Instruction

Air Purifiers for Our Classrooms

Member of the Rethinking Schools Task Force Mike Grant explains how to use the new air purifiers in our MCOE Alternative and Special Education classrooms!

Marin Recovers issued the following guidance on Childcare and Youth Sports effective August 17, 2020

The California Department of Public Health issued the following guidance on 08/25/2020. We will receive an update on this guidance from Marin County Public Health on Thursday September 3rd. See above for the webinar information.

CDPH Blue Print for a Safer Economy (Map to See Marin's Status)

We have the power to stop COVID-19 by coming together and following some simple routines like maintaining physical distance, washing hands often, and wearing a face covering.

Watch, share and learn from the videos developed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

CDPH says, "Latinos and African Americans are disproportionately represented among Californians who contract COVID-19 and die from the disease. This is why the CDPH is bolstering efforts to reach California communities with a new public awareness campaign encouraging the defeat of COVID-19.

The education campaign personifies the deadly virus through two sinister characters, “El Covid” and “The Rona” to remind Californians that their actions save lives."

Visit: for more information and to view all campaign videos.

Returning to Site-Based Instruction
If we follow Public Health guidance and maintain a case rate of less than 100 cases per 100,000 persons for 14 consecutive days, schools will be permitted to reopen for in-classroom instruction. Please take time to review the following “back to school” requirements and recommendations dated 08/26/20:

Back to School!

Marin County Office of Education teachers speak to their experience in working in the classroom with their students over the spring and summer during our Spring Pilot and Extended School Year programs. Watch the video here!

Marin County Superintendent of Schools' Mary Jane Burke addresses the MCOE community as we welcome staff and students back to site-based classroom instruction! It's a new day. It's a new way. Back to School 2020-2021!

COVID-19 Pandemic Stakeholder Engagement

Click below for a timeline of events with Marin County Public Health & the School Community from the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic:

All of MCOE's Rethinking Schools Website Pages

The MCOE Rethinking Schools Task Force pictured above (from left to right: Mike Grant, Janelle Campbell, Patrick McLaughlin, Ken Lippi, Michelle Drake, Mary Jane Burke, Melina Boyd).

Guided By Public Health

The Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) is committed to ongoing collaboration with Marin County schools under the guidance of our Public Health Officers to meet the challenges we face in delivering high-quality education to our students in the age of COVID-19. To that end, we have formed a team of MCOE staff who are designing, implementing and sharing protocols, procedures and processes to return to site-based classroom instruction this Fall 2020-2021 school year. The MCOE Rethinking Schools Task Force, with the intimate guidance from Public Health, have developed documents, presentations, trainings and resources that continue to grow and are available on this website. These resources are regularly updated as we learn more and as Public Health guidance changes over time. They are available to schools and districts to utilize as guidance to best meet the needs of your students, staff, families and community.

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