East Side Union High School District students are expected to return to class next month, according to district officials. (Photo courtesy Jeffrey Hamilton/Unsplash)

Marin County has released new resources for parents, students and teachers to find answers and guidelines regarding the reopening of Marin County schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new resources include an online handbook and a school status dashboard, both of which can be found on the Schools section of the Marin Health and Human Services COVID-19 website at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/schools.

The online handbook was created by the Marin School Nurses Organization and provides community members with health screening practices, guidelines and recommendations to prepare families with the return-to-classroom process.

The handbook also includes topics such as attendance policies, a decision tree for deciding to keep a student home from school, and protocols for returning back to school.

In addition to the handbook, an online dashboard will feature an interactive map to indicate whether schools are teaching online, have reopened to in-person classes, or have temporarily closed, as well as the number of COVID-19 cases among school staff and students.

“We thought it would be helpful to have a webpage to bookmark where we have easy-to-follow steps on this gradual and safe reopening plan from trusted sources,” said Lenora Kwok, Marin County School Nurses Organization coordinator. “We plan to have a repository of answers to frequently asked questions as they emerge. Our ability to get more kids back into school is up to all of us. It’s not time to relax our protective measures.”

To further present and discuss the resources as well as review protocols and best practices, Marin Public Health and the Marin County Office of Education will host a town hall Thursday at 5 p.m.

Details on how to watch the event and submit questions in advance can be found at MarinCounty.org/townhall.