April 15, 2020

Dear MPCSD Parents/Guardians,

I hope this update finds your family happy and healthy. Perhaps you have found a bit of a routine and are making the best of this difficult situation. We sincerely hope that you are finding the Distance Learning experiences and communication from our district staff to be helpful and clear. 

I will continue to communicate every 10 days or so about the high level implications of the evolving public health crisis, while our site administrators and teachers more regularly communicate with you about Distance Learning and the end of the 2020-21 school year. 

Today’s update from me will be short as earlier today you received the monthly District Newsletter full of important information. Please be sure to review the newsletter for the latest information, including ways in which you can help our schools and families, information about the 2020 Census, attendance procedures, and a link to my monthly blog , etc. You will also learn more about our annual re-enrollment for next year; now more than ever, it is important that we get a clear sense of who will be returning to school in MPCSD next year.  

Additionally, I would like to address the Governor’s statements in yesterday’s press conference regarding school in the Fall. I recognize that his statements will raise far more questions than answers. More than providing specific solutions, I believe the Governor’s statements were an attempt to make the public aware that the start of next school year will not be “business as usual.” While it is clear that the start is not likely to look “normal,” what it will look like will take several months to figure out. The unknown is uncomfortable, but please know that MPCSD is well positioned to creatively, strategically, and effectively design a solution that meets the needs of our students and families and prioritizes health and safety. Right now, the most important focus is a successful Trimester 3 experience for our students . There is plenty of time for us to design and execute the plan for fall. 

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