April 1, 2020

Dear MPCSD Family,

I hope you are enjoying some rest over this spring break. Hopefully, you have found ways to spend time with your family and limit the negative impacts of living through this unprecedented public health crisis.

If, like me, you took a break from your day to join Governor Newsom’s live, virtual press conference just moments ago, you heard the Governor and others report that the need for social distancing will surpass the school calendar timeline, requiring schools to provide Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year. 

To be clear: All schools throughout the state, including MPCSD, will be closed for in-person instruction through the end of the school year . However, learning continues with Distance Learning.  

Fortunately, along with the other 22 school districts in San Mateo County, Menlo Park City School District was one of the first in the state to implement an effective plan for Distance Learning. While not easy for teachers or parents, everyone has stepped up to the challenge with grace, professionalism, and creativity. Students are learning. Parents are sharing their gratitude and asking for help when needed. And our teachers and support staff are providing high quality, albeit different, learning experiences for children. We will continue to do so through the end of the school year. 

I am going to keep this email message short and get you back to your Spring Break. There will be plenty of time in the next few days and weeks to provide clarity on what you can expect.

MPCSD will begin updating our COVID-19 FAQ resource . I will provide a more detailed communication to all parents this weekend prior to returning to Distance Learning on April 6, 2020.

On behalf of the entire MPCSD staff, please accept our best wishes for your family’s continued health and safety.

Elbow bump,
Erik Burmeister, Superintendent | mpcsd.org
Governing Board
Stacey Jones , President
Sherwin Chen, Vice President
David Ackerman
Mark Box
Scott Saywell