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Contact Tracing in Schools

The Contact Tracing in Schools webpage contains information and resources for school leaders and staff who have questions related to contact tracing and COVID-19 outbreak management in their school community.

For more information and resources about COVID-19 and schools, visit the State of California's Safe for All Schools Hub.

What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing is when public health workers identify and notify the people who tested positive for COVID19 or have been in contact with infected people. They let them know what to do next to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Public health departments have used contact tracing for decades to fight the spread of infectious diseases.

When infections happen in a school setting, school staff may be asked to help their local public health department with some aspects of "contact tracing," in accordance with California's privacy laws and in compliance with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Resources for Schools

Technical Assistance Reporting Cases and Contacts Training
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CDPH provides technical assistance (TA) to school leaders and staff seeking specific guidance and support on COVID-19 in school.

Portal for School Leaders to request TA: Start your request


School are required to report positive COVID-19 cases to their local health officer. You may be directed to use a "Line List" which is a document used for gathering information about cases and contacts, or you might be asked to input the information directly into an online portal called the Schools Portal for Outbreak Tracing (SPOT), which connects to the state's CalCONNECT contact tracing data system. 

Find your School Specialist contact for reporting, including information about SPOT usage in your LHJ. (Link to Child page 2)


CDPH is working with experts to create webinars and short videos on topics related to contact tracing and exposure management in schools. 

Information about these videos and other available trainings can be found at the Safe

Schools for All Hub website. 


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School Liaison Toolkit Resource Library School Specialist Contacts




This toolkit provides school personnel with information and resources to respond if there is a COVID-19 exposure in the school community. 

Quick links:

  • Getting started
  • Key terms/glossary
  • Decision tree
  • Printable contact form



CDPH has compiled sample resources from school districts across the state. 

While not an exhaustive library, there are examples from a variety of districts: small and large, urban and rural, up and down the state. 

Click here: (links to child page 1)



Your LHD School Specialist can help with local contact tracing requirements and other resources. If your LHD is not listed or you need help getting in touch with your School Specialist, please submit a request through the TA Portal.

(Link to Child page 2)


How is the state supporting schools with contact tracing?

Contact tracing in schools is driven by local policies and conducted in collaboration with each school's local health department (LHD).  Local public health departments will be the primary point of contact for schools to obtain more information about local contact tracing requirements and resources.  CDPH will support local health departments and schools regarding contact tracing with technical assistance, tools, training, and staff.

CA Safe Schools for All

California's Safe Schools for All Plan provides the support and accountability to establish a clear path to minimize in-school transmissions. It enables, first, a phased return to in-person instruction, and then ongoing safe in-person instruction.


The Safe Schools For All Hub consolidates key resources and information related to COVID-19 and schools. New resources will be added to the Hub on a routine basis.






Child page 1:



School COVID-19 Resource Library

CDPH has compiled examples of resources from schools across the state. These sample documents are provided for informational purposes only. Please consult your local health department for assistance with local protocols and guidance.  

Contact us with helpful additions to this list at CTSchools@cdph.ca.gov


Parent letter templates:


San Diego (In English and



Scenario charts:


Marin (In English and



Decision trees:

Marin (In English and


San Diego

Santa Clara


Reopening guidance documents:


San Bernardino




Santa Clara

Other communications to parents:

Colusa (In English and


Stanislaus San Diego



Child Page 2

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Find local health department (lhd) school-specific contacts below and if your LHD is using SPOT for reporting COVID-19 cases. 

LHJ Email Phone Number Website Using SPOT?
Alameda safelearning@acgov.org   https://veoci.com/veoci/p/form/matpj7dvdzvs#tab=entryForm  
Alpine rjohnson@alpinecountyca.gov drrickjohn@gmail.com hjolly@alpinecountyca.gov    
Amador  209-223-6407   
Butte kgray@buttecounty.net dpyork@buttecounty.net



http://www.buttecounty.net/ph/COVID19/schools YES