Covid-19 & Health Resources

This page is a resource for families and school administrators regarding COVID-19 and Public Health information. Find out more about the COE’s commitment to the health and wellness of our students, as well as our ongoing programs and partnerships, here.  You can also find information on Santa Cruz COE’s official Facebook and Instagram pages.

Preventing the Spread of Illness

As a preventative measure, we encourage all students, staff, and parents to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and the flu. Such precautions include:

  • Stay home if you are sick. Those who have a fever should go home and stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled times for hand-washing, and ensuring the availability of soap, water, and hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Teach and encourage safe cough etiquette – cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
  • Provide routine surface cleaning
  • Consider not attending large gatherings, as this is where cold, flu, and other respiratory viruses often spread.

COVID-19 Resources and Information

Following the end of California’s COVID-19 State of Emergency on February 28, 2023, and the end of the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on May 11, 2023, ensuring the health and safety of the Santa Cruz County school community remains a priority. The Santa Cruz COE is continuing to work in partnership with school districts, the Public Health Department of Santa Cruz County, and the Pediatric Health Workgroup to provide resources and support to educators and families.

COVID-19 Testing for the School Community

Adequate testing is one of the key components required to be in place in order for schools to remain in-person, safely and prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The Santa Cruz County Office of Education and all Santa Cruz County School Districts, Charters and Private  Schools have partnered to make asymptomatic and symptomatic testing available to all school personnel, students, and families at no cost.

Visit our COVID-19 Testing website for updated testing information.

Students & Families

Latest Updates Regarding Safe Learning

CA Safe Schools for All Hub

CDPH parent page

Community Resources and Support Services

Mental Health & Wellness Resources for Families

How To Get Vaccinated

How To Get Tested

Schools & Districts

Up-to-date COVID-19 Guidance for Reopening Schools at

contact information

COVID-19 Protocols for Schools
(831) 466-5904

Inspire Diagnostics
(949) 539-6732
Available to answer inquiries regarding results and billing


Opioids including fentanyl continue to pose a threat to the Santa Cruz County school community due to the high risk of accidental overdose.

In partnership with the Santa Cruz County school districts and SafeRx Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education promotes age-appropriate overdose awareness and prevention training for both staff and families as one way we work to ensure the safety of our school community. These efforts include:

  • Distributing “Let’s Talk” booklets to families of students entering 9th grade in English and Spanish, to raise awareness and facilitate conversations about substance use and mental health
  • Holding staff trainings on use of naloxone and establishing naloxone policies within all districts
  • Expanding partnership with SafeRx Santa Cruz County coalition 
  • Participating in SafeRx Santa Cruz County’s youth-focused fentanyl town hall

Naloxone (Narcan)

Naloxone, brand named Narcan, is an FDA-approved medication that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose.

As of the 2022-23 school year, all Santa Cruz County school districts and the COE have Naloxone available on each high school campus, as well as staff trained in its use. The COE is working in support of expanding the availability of Naloxone, both on-campus and within the community.

Schools and eligible community partners are able to order Naloxone free of charge through the Department of Healthcare Services Naloxone Distribution Project. Eligibility requirements and an application form are available online on the NDP website. For technical assistance, Santa Cruz County school staff may contact School-Based Health Manager Heather Thomsen at


Santa Cruz County Narcan Distribution Sites

CDC’s Naloxone Page

Fentanyl & Overdose Prevention (CDPH)

Naloxone Distribution Project

Narcan Manufacturer’s Training Video


Official Communications from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education

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