Placer County Public Health continues to follow state guidance for K-12 school reopening. Information and other resources will be updated as new state guidance emerges. If you are a licensed daycare or preschool facility, please refer to the Business page for additional information.
- School Guidance
- Reporting School Cases/Outbreaks
- Youth Vaccination
- More State Information
- Key Resources
- Ask a Question
According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California schools will offer full time, in-person schooling for the 2021-2022 school year. As of now, school masking guidance remains in place and masks are required for K-12 schools.
State guidance on school reopening can be found via the following key links:
- CA Safe Schools For All Hub
- CDPH Technical Assistance Request Form
- Consolidated Schools Guidance for the 2021-22 Year(July 12, 2021)
- Guidance for Face Coverings(June 15, 2021)
- Face Coverings Q&A(June 15, 2021)
- Quarantine and Isolation Guidance
State guidance on testing can be found via the following key links:
- Schools Testing Framework for the 2021-22 Year(July 12, 2021)
- Updated Testing Guidance(June 16, 2021)
State guidance on ventilation can be found via the following link:
- Ventilation, Filtration, and Air Quality in Indoor Environments(February 21, 2021)
For more guidance on safety mitigation for K-12 schools, day camps, overnight camps, and childcare, visit the safely reopening California webpage.
The California Department of Public Health requires public, private, and charter schools to report all confirmed and presumed COVID-19 cases (students and staff) to their local health department.
Steps for Placer County schools when reporting confirmed and presumed COVID-19 cases:
Placer County utilizes the School Portal for Outbreak Tracking (SPOT) to gather information about school COVID-19 cases. To begin submitting the required information through the SPOT platform, you will first need to request access to SPOT. (If you previously have used SPOT, use the same account information to report applicable cases).
Requesting Access to SPOT
Step One: Complete the application (linked below) to submit a SPOT Intake Form.
Note: While the completion of the application is the first step of reporting (thereby meeting the 24-hour requirement in place by CDPH), you will still need to submit case information via SPOT once you receive access to be fully compliant.
Step Two: Once you have submitted your request, the Placer County Case Investigation office will review your form and email you with next steps. The Placer County Case Investigation office is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM. The office is closed on all county holidays. If you submit your account request over the weekend or on a county holiday, your request will be reviewed the next workday.
Using SPOT To Report COVID-19 Related Cases
Step One: Refer to the instructions in the email you received from the Placer County Case Investigation office and complete all required information for COVID-19 cases through SPOT.
Step Two: Complete contact tracing to identify close school contacts for the COVID-19 cases. You do not need to report close school contact information to Placer County Public Health.
Step Three: Continue to report each confirmed and presumed COVID-19 case through SPOT using the same account.
For more data on COVID-19 cases and vaccines administered in Placer County, check out our COVID-19 Dashboard.
Every Californian 12+ is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To learn more about getting vaccinated, visit our Getting Vaccinated webpage. Additional information on how to schedule a vaccine appointment can be found on our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics webpage.
State resources on youth vaccinations can be found via the following key links:
- When do you need to wear a mask?(June 15, 2021)
- Evidence Summary: TK-6 Schools and COVID-19 Transmission(April 16, 2021)
- Case Reporting by Schools Guidance (January 14, 2021)
- Outbreak Definition and Reporting Guidance (October 13, 2020)
- Safe Schools for All Plan Rationale (December 30, 2020)
- Safe Schools for All Plan Summary (December 30, 2020)
- Returning to Work or School Following COVID-19 Diagnosis Guidance (August 24, 2020)
A wide variety of support is available for children, families, and school employees. Placer County community members can now easily access their COVID-19 vaccine record through the state’s Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record Portal. Placer County is also working on addressing inequities and disparities by providing COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Services to Less Advantaged Neighborhoods.
Resources on mental health and well-being can be found via the following links:
Resources on Cal/OSHA and Statewide Industry Guidance can be found via the following links:
- Cal/OSHA and Statewide Industry Guidance
- Revisions to the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards FAQs(June 18, 2021)
To access additional resources, check out the Placer County Coronavirus Resource webpage.
Ask a Question
We recommend reviewing the resources above as a first step prior to submitting a question or technical assistance request. The resources contain core information about key components of in-person instruction. Your review of this information prior to making a request will help us respond more quickly and effectively to your request, if applicable.
The Placer County Public Health Division aligns with California Department of Public Health guidance and will not differ. Therefore, your question or technical assistance request can also be submitted through the California Safe Schools for All Hub for the California Department of Public Health to respond.
If you cannot find the answer to your question or technical request while reviewing the documents, or wish to communicate directly with the Placer County Public Health Division, please complete the form below. The Placer County Safe Schools for All program coordinator will get back to you if your question or technical assistance request is within the parameters of our program.