Schools Team

​​​​The Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) Schools Team provides public health guidance, support, and technical assistance to K-12 schools, pre-schools, and child care providers.​  ​SCPH has several programs​ with components that are geared towards schools, school-aged children, and/or their families.  ​This page includes information and guidance​ to help school leaders and child care providers keep their communities healthy and safe.


All public, private, and charter K-12 schools in Sacramento County should read, understand, and follow CDPH COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools to Support Safe In-Person Learning, 2022-2023 School Year.  Child Care providers should follow CDPH Guidance for Child C​are Providers and Programs.  Additional resources for schools and families are available on the CA Safe Schools for All website and below.​

Please use the following criteria for reporting COVID-19 outbreaks:

Elementary Schools, Pre-Schools, & Child Care (Single Classroom Cohort)

For schools/grades where students are primarily with the same classroom cohort (e.g. elementary school, pre-school, child care), schools should report outbreaks to SCPH using the online outbreak reporting module when:

  • At least 3 students in a classroom cohort are suspected, probable, or confirmed to have COVID-19 within a 14-day period OR
  • At least 10% of the school population are suspected, probable, or confirmed to have COVID-19 within a 14-day period

Middle/High Schools (Multiple Classroom Cohorts)

For schools/grades where students are part of numerous classroom cohorts (e.g. middle and high school), schools should report outbreaks to SCPH using the online outbreak reporting module when:

  • At least 10% of a grade level is suspected, probable, or confirmed to have COVID-19 within a 14-day period OR
  • At least 10% of the school population is suspected, probable, or confirmed to have COVID-19 within a 14-day period

​Disease Reporting

The SCPH Outbreak Reporting page includes instructions for reporting disease cases and outbreaks.  Please use this module in lieu of previous reporting mechanisms.

Fentanyl and Other Opioids

Increased availability and misuse of opioids, including fentanyl, are of growing concern.  Rainbow fentanyl, which can resemble candy, ​has been identified​ in the Sacramento area.  Sacramento County Public Health encourages schools to develop and implement naloxone policies to have the overdose reversal drug available for use in an emergency.  Learn more in the memo from the Public Health Officer​ to local school Superintendents regarding fentanyl and naloxone.  Visit the Sacramento County Opioid Coalition and ​Sacramento County Substance Use, Prevention, and Treatment Services​ for additional information and resources.


Timely immunizations help protect children before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.  Our Immunization Assistance Program has resources for parents and schools on their program webpage​.

Mental Illness: It's not always what you think

Mental illness impacts every ethnic, racial, economic, religious and age group. Roughly one in every five adults will experience a diagnosable mental health condition during their lifetime. Many never seek help or treatment because of the stigma, discrimination or shame they experience. However, with education, support and treatment, people can—and do—recover and live fulfilling lives.  Learn more at​For additional youth mental health information and resources, visit Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services​

Newsletters for Schools

The SCPH Schools Team periodically publishes newsletters for school administrators, teachers, and staff:  ​


Oral Health

Our Oral Health Program​ has resources for school partners and information on the Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment.​

Sexual Health

Our Sexual Health Promotion Unit has sexual health resources for youth and operates the Sexual Health Clinic​ at 4600 Broadway.

Contact Us

To request guidance, ask questions, or to be added to our school e-mail distribution list, e-mail us at:​