Reopening School in 2020-2021

We are excited to be starting the 2020-2021 school year at Mount Tamalpais School, even as we navigate the challenges of returning to campus during COVID-19. Throughout the year, we will need to remain flexible, collaborative, creative, and committed to a growth mindset as we adapt to our current and ever-changing circumstances. 

With special attention to COVID-19, MTS is committed to the safety of our entire community of teachers, students, and families.

Mount Tamalpais School administrators and faculty worked hard over the summer to establish a plan for safely reopening school in-person under the guidelines set forth by the Marin County Office of Public Education and the State. With our waiver application approved on September 2, we have begun the process of bringing students back onto campus starting with K-1, under our new COVID-19 protocols and procedures on campus as outlined in our COVID Response Plan. Our timeline for gradual return to campus is as follows:

  • Grades K-1: September 8
  • Grade 2: September 14
  • Grade 3-4: September 21
  • Grade 5: September 28
  • Grade 6: October 7
  • Grade 7: October 6
  • Grade 8: October 5

All grades not currently back on campus for in-person instruction will take classes using our Distance Learning Program. MTS students and families can continue to lead the way to ensure a return to campus for all our students by closely following social distancing and safety recommendations.

For any students who are unable to return for in-person instruction for medical or personal reasons, we are offering Hybrid Learning. Our class schedules have been created to allow students to follow the same schedule whether following in-person, remote, or hybrid learning instruction. 

We are bringing all of our creativity, dedication, and joy to the important task of educating our students and supporting our families! 

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Student wearing a mask at school on the playground
Note written in chalk on campus during COVID
Parent Checklist

Before coming back to school, please be sure to do the following:

1) Read MTS School COVID-19 Response Plan

2) Sign the Commitment to a Healthy Community

3) Remember to fill out the Health Survey on ParentSquare every morning before you drop your child off at school.


  • Stay home when you are sick. 

  • Wear a mask when on campus, indoors and outdoors.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if not possible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Disinfect your personal belongings.

  • Do not share personal belongings or food with others.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • If you become sick on campus, follow protocols immediately.

  • A flu shot is highly recommended.