California Safe Schools for All

Portola Valley School District has been open to in-person instruction since September 23, 2020. Initially PVSD reopened for cohorts of vulnerable students as allowed under the CDPH Cohorting Guidance. On October 12,, 2020, PVSD reopened for 1st grade to attend four days under an approved waiver from San Mateo County Health and CDPH. From October 19 - November 30, PVSD phased in the return to 4 days/week of in-person learning for kindergarten and grades 2-5. Grade 6 returned to 2 days/week of in-person learning on December 6, while Grades 7 and 8 returned for two days per week of in-person learning on January 19. San Mateo County has since returned to the Purple Tier and our schools have remained open as allowed under CDPH guidance that schools already open may remain open.

This page contains the documentation required by CDPH for schools that are operating in person to access supplemental funding from the Governor's Safe Schools for All Plan, plus supporting PVSD documents with additional information about our reopening of schools.

On January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated COVID-19 and reopening in-person instruction guidance. Under the updated guidance, all local education agencies (LEAs) must complete and post to their website a COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) prior to reopening for in-person instruction. For LEAs that are currently offering in-person instruction, they must post their CSP on their website by February 1, 2021.The CSP consists of the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) and the COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist. The new criteria and requirements replace the Elementary Education Waiver that was issued on August 3, 2020, but all waivers approved prior to January 14, 2021 remain in effect.

PVSD’ COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)

PVSD’s CDPH COVID-19 Guidance Checklist


PVSD's Reopening Plan (Approved by SMCH/CDPH on 10/8/2020 for waiver reopening of grades TK-5 and on 10/21/2020 for reopening of grades 6-8)


MOU with PVTA (Bargaining Unit for Certificated Employees) for Pandemic Response


MOU with CSEA (Bargaining Unit for Classified Employees) for Returning to School Impacts