March 25, 2020

Dear Parents,

Hello again, it’s time for another update on our continually evolving situation. Thank you for staying tuned. Today, seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. While we all hope to be back in the classroom as soon as possible, we support this regional decision to prioritize the health of our community and limit the strain on our local healthcare providers. You may find more details in this San Jose Mercury News article.

Now that we know that schools will not re-open until at least May 2, we can firm up some other decisions, too. The following activities are cancelled:
  • Parent Speaker Series with Dr. Naama Barnea-Goraly and the movie LIKE, scheduled for April 15.
  • MPAEF’s Schoolhouse Rocks 5k Run, scheduled for May 17.
  • All field trips planned for April. 
  • Musical shows planned for April are cancelled. Sites will make decisions about how and when to reschedule them should school re-open in May.

Many of you have kindly reached out with offers of support. An inspiring bright spot in all of this is the care and compassion our community has for their neighbors and the most vulnerable among us. Our small but mighty team of staff continues to deliver school lunches every day to many of our families, and with the help of grocery donations is able to add additional supplies to the daily delivery. If you would like to help out, here are some local agencies that welcome your support right now (thanks to the Hillview PTO for consolidating many of these options):


MPCSD’s Distance Learning continues, now through at least May 1. Your teachers and principals will message you about distribution of more materials, etc. Please look out for additional information from them. Remember, if you have questions about your child’s Distance Learning program, please reach out to their teacher(s). For technology questions, please contact distancelearning@mpcsd.org .

I have had the opportunity occasionally to work from home and help my own two children with some of their school work. I am so impressed and proud of the work our amazing teachers are doing. It’s wonderful to see the kids still able to connect with one another and their teachers. AND, I recognize how incredibly disruptive and hard this “new normal” is. Whatever is making it manageable for you, keep doing that. Most importantly, prioritize relationships and connections, whether in person with your family or virtually via the internet. 

That’s it for today. Thank you for your continued patience, support, kindness and most importantly, grace. As I keep saying, and firmly believe, we will get through this together.

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