COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care, Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs

The pandemic has significantly altered most areas of our lives, including how programs for children and youth operate. Below are some of the local, state and federal guidance designed to reduce COVID-19 risks in child care, educational and recreational settings. This information is subject to change as the COVID situation evolves. When federal, state and local guidelines differ, the more stringent guidelines should be followed.

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Guidance for Childcare, Out-of-School Time Programs and Day Camps (updated 9/10/21)

Guidance for TK-12 Schools for School Year 2021-2022 (updated 9/10/21)

Daily COVID-19 Symptom and Exposure Check for Children (updated 8/11/21)

Quick Guide for Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Schools, Childcare, and Programs for Children and Youth) (updated 8/24/21)

Please refer to the S. F. Department of Public Health website for a list of all recently published SFDPH COVID information and guidance documents and associated translations.

California Department of Public Health

Guidance for Child Care Providers and Programs (updated 6/29/21)

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year (updated 9/22/21)

2021 Checklist for Day Camps and Other Supervised Youth Activities

More information is available at’s Current Safety Measures and Safe Schools for All Hub.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs (updated 8/25/21)

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools (updated 8/5/21)

Know What to Expect at Your Child’s K-12 School or Early Care and Education Program (updated 8/4/21)

Get more information at the CDC's COVID-19: Schools & Child Care page.

Additional Resources

UCSF California Childcare Health Program: COVID-19 Resources

Children's Council of San Francisco
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