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

According to, the San Francisco Department of Public Health no longer has separate local guidance for schools, childcare, and programs for children and youth. Please refer to the California Department of Public Health guidance for these settings (see below).

California Department of Public Health

Guidance for Child Care Providers and Programs (updated 3/12/22)

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2022-2023 School Year (issued 6/30/22)

More school and child care information is available at’s Safe Schools for All Hub. Also see Current Safety Measures.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs (updated 5/27/22)

FAQs for K-12 and Early Care and Education Settings (updated 5/27/22)

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

Additional Resources

UCSF California Childcare Health Program: COVID-19 Resources

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