In-Person Learning in 2021-2022

We are incredibly thankful that Mount Tamalpais School was able to provide in-person learning every day for our students in grades K-8 during the 2020-21 school year. As the pandemic evolves, we continue to monitor requirements and adjust our school protocols to continue to provide a safe environment for the entire on-campus community. We want to thank faculty and staff for their continued dedication, flexibility, and hard work in keeping our students learning in person, as well as our MTS families for respecting and following our safety guidelines.

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

Marin County Updates

Due to the Delta variant, as of August 2, Marin County joined other Bay Area Counties in requiring the use of masks indoors by all people – vaccinated or unvaccinated – out of an abundance of caution due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases. Masks are not required outdoors, but are strongly recommended in crowded environments. 

Updates for the 2021-22 School Year

We continue to monitor updates from the CDC and CDPH for mask wearing and other health and safety requirements. COVID is still circulating in our county despite our excellent vaccination levels. The recent COVID outbreak in a Novato school was determined to be the Delta variant, and many of the policies and requirements that have been put in place this year are due to the variant. The full COVID Guidelines for 2021-22 can be viewed here, and we've highlighted a few key requirements below. 

  • Masks: Masks both indoors and outdoors are required for all people on campus, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Testing: COVID surveillance testing will continue for unvaccinated students. 
  • Travel: Quarantine will continue to be required for unvaccinated individuals (adults and children) who travel out of state. The 10-day quarantine can be shortened to 7 full days with a negative COVID test on day 5.  
  • Play it Safe: Our younger children still need to be protected from COVID. Optimize outdoor activities for younger children. Wear masks indoors when in public & and around other households.
  • Get Tested: If you feel sick, PLEASE get tested. There have been “break-through” cases in our community, meaning that fully vaccinated people have tested positive for COVID.
  • Vaccinations for children under 12 may be available in late winter or early spring (2022).

COVID Testing for Return to School 2021-22

Starting on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, all students should be back in California per travel quarantine guidelines. All unvaccinated students in grades 1-8 will be required to provide a negative PCR COVID test prior to attending school on September 1. Kindergarteners who were tested for Countdown to Kindergarten will not need to retest. MTS will host a drive-through saliva based PCR test on Friday, August 27

Because collecting a saliva sample might be more difficult for some students, you may pick up a test kit in advance and collect the sample at home. If you prefer to collect the sample at home, please pick up a test kit from the Front Office on Thursday August 26 between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. On the morning of Friday, August 27, collect your child's sample as soon as they wake up. You can then drop off your child’s sample for testing in the MTS parking lot between 8:00 am - 11:00 am on Friday, August 27. If you are unable to pick up a test kit in advance, you are welcome to collect your child’s sample during the drive-through testing window.

Upcoming Testing Schedule for August 27, 2021

Please arrive in the MTS parking lot at the time below that corresponds with your child’s last name. Place your yellow placard on your front dashboard when entering campus.

8:00 am - 8:30 am: Last name beginning with A-C
8:30 am - 9:00 am:  Last name beginning with D - G
9:00 am - 9:30 am:  Last name beginning with H - L
9:30 am - 10:00 am:  Last name beginning with M - O
10:00 am - 10:30 am:  Last name beginning with P - R
10:30 am - 11:00 am:  Last name beginning with S - Z

For more testing information, please review procedural information detailed here

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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.