San Marino Unified School District

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COVID-19 Questions & Answers


Last updated: 3:22 am on October 27, 2020


When will San Marino Unified schools physically reopen?

Per the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH) order, San Marino Unified schools are currently physically closed to most students.SMUSD is actively following LADPH guidelines and does not have a specific date of when a more widespread return of students is possible.

Who is allowed to physically enter SMUSD schools?


SMUSD employees are allowed to physically enter to perform essential services, including conducting distance learning sessions, administering assessments, preparing meals, custodial and cleaning, technical support, etc. SMUSD students participating in specialized services and assessments and student athletes participating in youth sports are allowed to physically enter. All individuals planning to physically enter SMUSD facilities must complete an online screening prior to arrival.


How will San Marino Unified schools physically reopen?

On 10/21/20, SMUSD reopened to students for specialized services (Special Education and English Language Learners) following strict guidelines.


On 10/19/20, SMUSD reopened to student athletes for youth sports at San Marino High School.


On 10/4/20, LADPH announced that an incremental and phased return of TK-2 grade students will be considered under strict regulations through a waiver process. LADPH is now accepting waiver applications and will approve 30 schools per week with priority given to schools with a high free and reduced lunch percentage.


LADPH monitors several key metrics in the County which includes 1) the adjusted case rate, 2) the positivity test rate, and 3) the health equity metric to guide their decisions on the physical reopening of schools. See the latest metrics for LA County here.

How do I stay informed of SMUSD reopening news?

SMUSD continues to provide on-going communications to keep employees, parents, students, and the community appraised of the latest developments on the physical reopening of schools. Please sign up to receive SMUSD communications at Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson also routinely provides video updates on the topic of physical reopening. The SMUSD website at will also be updated.

How can I share my input, suggestions, or concerns about the physical reopening of San Marino schools? 

SMUSD employees, parents, students, and community members are encouraged to provide input and feedback regarding the District’s work in preparing for the safe physical reopening of our schools on the SMUSD COVID-19 Compliance Team Feedback Form.

What child care options are available to SMUSD families?

Starting in August 2020, SMUSD partnered with Right At School to offer SMUSD employees and parents the option to enroll in half or full-day childcare programs during school closure. Visit the Right At School web page to learn more or to enroll.

How do I request a computer device and/or internet access for my child?


SMUSD parents may request for a Chromebook and/or internet hotspot by completing this form.

How do I talk to someone at the School or District?


The District and School office phone lines remain open during business hours. All phone numbers are posted on the District and School websites.