Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Monterey County Information & Resources written over image of coronavirus under high-powered microscope

Updated February 3, 2021

Planning for Reopening Schools

The Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) provides the leadership, support and service needed to prepare the diverse students of Monterey County for success in each step of their educational journey.

MCOE does not make decisions nor mandates regarding closing districts/schools or how they will reopen. MCOE provides information and guidance regarding best practices and each individual district/school, their boards of education, with input from stakeholders, make decisions on school reopening, school closing and school operations plans.

The Monterey County Office of Education, Monterey County Health Department, and local districts/schools are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all students and staff. We will continue closely monitoring the rate of infection in Monterey County. As public health guidelines change, the districts/schools will adapt and modify plans. We will work together with our students, families and staff to keep everyone safe as we transition to reopening our schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each of the 24 school districts and ten charter schools in the county is responsible for developing and implementing their own reopening plan. For more information about your district, charter or private school reopening planning process, please contact them directly.

Options for Reopening Schools in Monterey County

Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released guidance related to reopening schools on December 30, 2020.

Governor Newsom’s Safe Schools for All Plan proposes providing vital resources to school districts to facilitate the phased opening of schools for in-class instruction.

To learn more about the Safe Schools for All Plan, visit the CDPH's new Safe Schools for All Hub.


For education-related questions about Monterey County Office of Education's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact Communications and Public Relations Officer, Jessica Hull at 831.784.4245 or


Jessica Hull

Communications & Public Relations Officer
Phone: 831.784.4245

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