In-Person Learning in 2020-2021

We are incredibly thankful that Mount Tamalpais School has been able to provide in-person learning every day for our students in grades K-8 this year. We continue to monitor the evolving pandemic and adjusting as needed to continue to provide a safe environment for the entire on-campus community. We want to thank the faculty and staff for their dedication and hard work in reopening the school, as well as our MTS families for following our safety guidelines and protocols.

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

Marin County in Orange Tier

Although Marin County has moved into the Orange Tier from the Red Tier, we must continue to be vigilant in our health and safety practices. The Orange Tier is considered "moderate risk." While the situation continues to improve and many people are getting vaccinated, Marin's Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis, believes that the next weeks are pivotal. The county recently saw an uptick in cases, and we can't let our guard down yet. So, please continue to follow the county guidelines, and keep gatherings small, masked, and outdoors. See below for a list of high risk activities to avoid for the time being. Thank you!

High Risk Activities:
  • Indoor gatherings or playdates with individuals outside of your household
  • Sleepovers with individuals outside of your household

COVID Testing

Starting in January, we will implement a COVID testing regiment for all students. Every week, half of the student body will be tested by A and B groups. We will remain flexible and adjust testing cadence as well as method depending on macro conditions and vendor options. After evaluating a number of labs and testing methods, we have decided to stay with the saliva-based PCR tests for the foreseeable future. 

Upcoming Testing Schedule
4/27 - Group B
5/4 - Group A
5/11 - Group B
5/18 - Group A
5/25 - Group B

Test kits will come home with students on Mondays. Students drop off completed sample during drop off on the following morning on Tuesday.  

School Breaks in 2021

For our Mid-Winter Break in February and our Spring Break in April, we will pair a week of distance learning with COVID testing in each instance. 

  • February Mid-Winter Break - 2/15-2/19, Distance Learning from 2/22-2/26 with COVID testing on February 25. 
  • April Spring Break - 4/5-4/9, Distance Learning from 4/12-4/16 with COVID testing on April 15. 

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“As the world began to shutter and uncertainty was the only certain, MTS emerged as the constant for our daughter and our family. The ability and willingness of the teachers and administration to so quickly pivot with care and sensitivity to each child is something for which we will be forever grateful. We continue to be in awe of how beautifully MTS came together, giving each student the gift of normalcy during such abnormal times.”
 Kira and Bill Beer, parents of a 2nd grader

Student wearing a mask at school on the playground

“MTS has gone above and beyond in it’s careful and consistent response to COVID-19 and the dedication of the teachers and staff has been outstanding. This has given our family complete confidence that the health and safety of our two middle school boys is a priority, allowing them to return to their daily on-campus in person learning. We are truly grateful.” – Sara Marshall, parent of a 6th & 7th grader

Ariel Levin, COVID Coordinator

COVID-related questions?

Contact our COVID coordinator, Ariel Levin, 

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.