COVID-19 updates


It is now certain that students in the San Carlos School District will not be able to return to classrooms this school year.


From Superintendent Harmeier for the San Carlos School District:

San Mateo County, along with six other Bay Area jurisdictions extended its stay at home order to May 3 for all residents and businesses. The two-page press release is here, and the full order, which specifies essential activity, can be found here.

State Expectations Unclear for This School Year 2019-2020

At noon today, Governor Newsom held a press conference stating his expectation that California’s public schools may not reopen to students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, which is June 11 for SCSD. Though some media is reporting otherwise, this is not a formal executive order. The school districts will wait for orders from their partners in public health or other executive order with which they must comply. You can read San Mateo County Superintendent, Nancy Magee’s latest statement here.


Redwood City Schools will not resume school on location at their sites for the remainder of the school year. Read the message from Superintendent Baker here.


HCT sessions are suspended in San Carlos schools – Coronavirus

Effective 3/12/2020, all tutoring sessions are suspended until April 10 in San Carlos per direction of the San Carlos School District Superintendent, Dr. Michelle Harmeier.


HCT sessions are suspended in RWC schools – Coronavirus

Hello Healthy Cities Tutors and Parents of Redwood City students receiving tutoring,

This evening Redwood City School Superintendent, John Baker, announced all non-essential school activities are cancelled for the next 4 weeks. They have requested we suspend tutoring sessions during this time. We will provide more information as it becomes available and notify you when tutoring can resume. This includes tutoring that occurs both on school campuses and in the local public library.

Redwood City School District staff continues to update the web page that they have created to help you stay informed. Please continue to check it for the latest information and please be on the lookout for emails and/or text messages, as this is how Healthy Cities Tutoring communicates and will continue to do so.

Thank you for patience and understanding.


Dear Healthy Cities Tutors,

There has been lots of news recently about the emergence of a new respiratory illness called the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

We want to let you know how Healthy Cities Tutoring is managing the evolving impact with our partners at the San Carlos School District and Redwood City School District.

Both districts are relying on the advice and recommendations of the San Mateo County Office of Education, working closely with the San Mateo County government, to determine next steps for schools in San Carlos and Redwood City. Both districts have communicated with their school communities about the precautions they are taking which include enhanced sanitation routines for classrooms and equipment; staff and students who are sick are encouraged to stay home; schools will remind students and staff to wash their hands often, avoid touching their faces with unwashed hands, and cover their sneezes and coughs.

You can learn more about each district’s efforts here:

San Carlos School District
Redwood City School District

  • If you feel you are unwell or experiencing cold, flu or other symptoms, please contact your primary care provider and cancel or postpone your tutoring sessions until such time as you are well. Please keep in touch with your tutee’s family if you have to miss or cancel a session due to illness.
  • We will let you know if there are any changes in the San Carlos or Redwood City school districts that could impact your ability to tutor or be present on the school campus.
  • We know that persons over 60 years old or with compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to the flu, including the COVID-19 virus. If you fall into this category, you may want to consider canceling your tutoring sessions until the outbreak subsides. If that is the case, please notify your student’s parents, their classroom teacher and HCT.
  • Please feel free to reach out to your school site coordinators or a member of the Healthy Cities staff if you have any questions or concerns about your school or your tutoring.

Wishing you good health.

Healthy Cities Staff

Clifford, Connect, Henry Ford, & Kennedy school, please contact Raquel at or Janelle at

Arroyo, Brittan Acres, Central and White Oaks, please contact Bridget at

Arundel, Charter, Mariposa, please contact Emily at

Heather & Tierra Linda, please contact Saskia at

For anything else, contact Karen Molinari at


High school scholarships offered


Healthy Cities Tutoring is excited to continue the Scholarship Award Program we initiated in 2018. We want to acknowledge and recognize our graduating high school tutors who are committed to service and giving back to those younger than themselves.  Click here for more information.

Free online webinar on reading tutoring

Reading Tutoring Webinar: “How to Do What Matters Most”

When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 8:30-9:30 pm

Join the Haas Center for a free online webinar on reading tutoring. In accordance with research by the National Institute for Literacy, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the U.S. Department of Education, this workshop highlights essential tools and skills needed for working with Kindergarten through 3rd graders.

The webinar will utilize Connie Juel’s seminal research on literacy acquisition, showcasing the 5 Pillars of Reading Instruction: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Reading Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.

Join early education practitioners, Renee Scott, Early Education Program Director at the Haas Center for Public Service, and Rebecca Silverman, Associate Professor of Education at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, as they share their expertise on: effective lesson planning engaging in phonics instruction text comprehension instruction motivating reading engagement with children working with bilingual learners.

Please use this link to register.

Workshop “Tutor Tips” on January 15

Wednesday, January 15, 2020: “Tutor Tips
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Central Middle School Library

The workshop will be led by White Oaks School teachers, Melissa Brenner and Tracey Mitchell-Ardwan. They will be able to address questions about working with students across a wide range of grade levels. During the workshop, we will practice math games that you can work on with your students to practice basic facts and strategies to help the reluctant writer and many more aspects of tutoring. We guarantee you will come away with some new ideas. We hope to see you on January 15th!

To RSVP for the Tutor Tips Workshop or New Tutor Orientation, please go here to our Evite.

New Tutor Orientation

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
6:30 – 6:55 pm
Central Middle School Library

Just before the Tutor Tips session, we will have a short tutor orientation session. The orientation is a chance for us to welcome new tutors, give new and potential tutors more information about our program and answer questions about Healthy Cities Tutoring. Please join us for this if you have not been to one of our prior orientation sessions and tell any one you know who might be interested in becoming a tutor.

Tutor Fun Day on Sunday, November 17


Do you want to get to know your student or tutor outside of a classroom setting? Want to spend time together playing games and having fun? Then drop-in on Sunday, November 17th, between 2:00pm-3:30pm at the White Oaks School Multi-Use Room (1901 White Oak Way, San Carlos) for an afternoon of games, activities, and fun to catch up with your student!

The day will include face painting, minute-to-win-it games, and a fun snack! We hope to see you and your student there! All are welcome – tutors, students, their families, and tutor/student pairs! RSVP here.

Questions? Please contact Cynthia Wiggin.

New Tutor Training on October 16

Healthy Cities tutoring provided tutors for 508 students at 14 schools in San Carlos and Redwood City during the 2018-2019 school year. Additional tutors are needed again this year to meet the need.

Volunteers range in age from 14-96 and no prior tutoring experience is needed – just an interest in helping a child for 45 minutes once a week. Scheduling is flexible, before, during or after school.


  • Where: White Oaks School, Multi-use Room, 1901 White Oak Way, San Carlos
  • When: Wednesday, October 16
  • Time: Two identical sessions offered: 8:30-10:30 AM and 6:30-8:30 PM.

 We need more tutors like YOU! Hope you can join us on October 16! 

If you can’t make the October 16 training, no worries! We have more training sessions scheduled. For a complete schedule of tutor training and orientation dates click HERE.

Volunteer Recognition Reception on May 28th


Please join us for our 23rd annual Volunteer Recognition Reception as we honor the 2018-2019 Healthy Cities Tutoring volunteers. Everyone involved in the program is welcome: tutors, students, parents, teachers, staff, donors and community members.

All volunteers will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a small gift of thanks. Refreshments will be provided following the program.

To rsvp click here. For questions or more information call (650) 508-7327 or email Karen Molinari at

We hope you will join our celebration!

Workshop on Social Emotional Learning on April 9

How do people learn best and in what environments? How do we help students deal with anxiety about not wanting to fail? Or those that have a hard time sitting still or concentrating? We know positive emotions increase learning. We will share examples of how tutors and parents can use social/emotional learning tools and tips to help their students.

April 9, 2019
7:00-8:15 pm
Arroyo/Central Middle School Library
Presented by Jill Greenberg, MAPP, SEL Consultant & an HCT Tutor
Please RSVP via our Evite at
Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators


Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities in our local schools.

6:15-6:50 pm Orientation “How to become a tutor?”