March 4, 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you for everyone’s calm and helpful responses related to the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation. We recognize that the unknown and the close proximity of confirmed cases has the potential to increase concerns and questions. 

As the situation evolves, we will continue to update MPCSD’s COVID-19 FAQ page on the District’s website. 

As promised, when a meaningful change in the situation necessitates, we will provide email communication to parents in addition to adding it to the FAQ. 

Late last night, MPCSD was informed that Menlo School, a private independent school in Atherton, would be closing for the remainder of the week to accommodate a deep environmental cleaning of their school after an employee was exposed to a family member who tested positive with the COVID-19 virus. They made this discretionary decision out of an abundance of caution. There are currently no known positive cases of COVID-19 at Menlo School .  

At this time, there is no reason for concern that this situation puts MPCSD students or staff at increased risk. Menlo Park City School District continues without interruption. 

While we have your attention, we do want to alert you to new additions to MPCSD’s COVID-19 FAQ , which will be published by 12:00 noon today, March 4, 2020. During this time of heightened sensitivity, we have slightly increased our “stay at home” symptom standards to the following: Any time your child exhibits even mild cold/flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat and/or respiratory symptoms (such as shortness of breath, sneezing, etc.), they should stay home. Fever need not be present to keep your child at home. Additionally, you will see new information about our COVID-19 Response Team, field trip protocols, and more. We will be adding “revised on” dates to each question to assist you in quickly identifying information that may be new. 

Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

In partnership with you, 
Erik Burmeister
Erik Burmeister, Superintendent | mpcsd.org
Governing Board
Stacey Jones , President
Sherwin Chen, Vice President
David Ackerman
Mark Box
Scott Saywell