Archive of Parke Treadway

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On September 23, 2020 the Menlo Park City School District became the first public school district in San Mateo County to have a waiver approved by the state. MPCSD will welcome its youngest learners in kindergarten and first grade back to campus on Monday, September 28, 2020 at Encinal Elementary, Laurel Elementary, and Oak Knoll Elementary Schools.

The School Board unanimously approved the submission of the waiver application at its September 10 regular meeting. MPCSD has also offered a completely virtual option to its families, the Virtual Academy, and families enrolled in that option will remain with distance learning even as the Hybrid model students return to their schools.

The District was well positioned to apply for the waiver, having developed a comprehensive Reopening Plan in August, based on health and safety protocols from California Department of Public Health and San Mateo County Health Department. The District follows the county’s Pandemic Recovery Framework’s Four Pillars for reopening: Health & Hygiene, Face Coverings, Physical Distancing, and Limiting Gatherings. The District’s strict health and safety protocols in many areas exceed the state and county requirements, most notably in requiring all students and staff to wear face coverings while at school, and a robust weekly staff COVID testing program in partnership with Stanford Health Care.

MPCSD looks forward to the next phase in its reopening as it simultaneously also plans for the effects of San Mateo County being moved yesterday into the Red Tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Should the data keep the county in the Red Tier for two weeks, schools in the county will be allowed to reopen in person for all grades without a waiver.

The School Board has scheduled a special meeting at 5:00 p.m. on October 1 to discuss how to proceed with further return of its students. The District is prepared to execute whatever decision the Board makes.

As always, MPCSD School Board meeting information, including the agenda and details for joining meetings via Zoom, is available 72 hours in advance of each meeting on the District’s website homepage.

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Menlo Park City School District School Board votes to submit waiver application for in-person instruction for Kindergarten and 1st grade

At its meeting on September 10, the Menlo Park City School District School Board voted unanimously to submit a waiver to the San Mateo County Health Department requesting to open for in-person instruction for kindergarteners and first graders with a targeted opening date of September 28. Since delaying this vote at its September 3 meeting, […]

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First MPCSD speaker is Julie Lythcott-Haims on September 8

The Menlo Park City School District Speaker Series 2020-21 begins September 8 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend. Julie Lythcott-Haims is the first guest this year for “Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism: A conversation about engaging with your kids on these important topics.” Race and racism are […]

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Menlo Park City School District School Board postpones vote on waiver application

At its meeting on September 3, the Menlo Park City School District School Board decided unanimously to postpone until September 10 the possible vote on submitting a waiver application for returning kindergarten and first grade students for in-person instruction. As San Mateo County is in the Tier 4 “widespread community transmission” category, schools are not […]

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Menlo Park City School District considers Waiver Application on September 3 meeting

At a special Board meeting on September 3, 3:00-4:30 p.m. over Zoom (details for joining here), Superintendent Erik Burmeister will present to the Board the Waiver Application to potentially allow modified in-person learning for kindergarten and first grade students while San Mateo County remains on the state COVID-19 monitoring list. The Board will have time […]

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Menlo Park City School District to start August 20 with distance learning

At its meeting on July 30, the Menlo Park City School Board decided with a 4-1 vote to open the school year on August 20, 2020, in the Distance Learning mode for all students, with the intent to reassess the health data over the coming weeks and potentially open schools in a hybrid alternating week […]

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Update from MPCSD about community survey, school reopening and its Helps initiative

The Menlo Park City School District continues its ongoing effort to encourage community input into its direction and planning, as well as proactively provide information of interest to the public. One way we hope to gain community feedback is through our annual survey, administered through our partnership with Panorama Education. If you live within the […]

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The annual Hillview Talent Show goes virtual on May 15

Hillview Middle School’s beloved end-of-year extravaganza, the Talent Show, will be a special YouTube LiveStream spectacular for the whole community. Catch your favorite 8th graders and Hillview staff – along with surprise celebrity guests – in this year’s event, celebrating hidden talents and sending off the 8th graders with love and support. There are so many important milestone […]

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New initiative – MPCSD Helps – launched to support local families in need

As more and more families within Menlo Park City School District experience economic hardship during our nation’s pandemic response, many other MPCSD families and community partners have asked how they can help. MPCSD hopes to be one of many community partners stepping up to support families in need to ensure that they have access to […]

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MPCSD and Newton Center offering emergency childcare for essential workers

The Menlo Park City School District and Newton Center Inc. are partnering to offer emergency childcare to essential workers working or living in San Mateo County during the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place. The Newton Center is the vendor partner of MPCSD that offers after school care at elementary campuses during normal school operations. Newton will run […]

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Author Kim Brooks discusses her book – Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear – on March 4

New York Times bestselling author Kim Brooks will discuss her book Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear on March 4, 2020, at 6:30 pm at Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Avenue, Menlo Park. The public is invited to attend this free event presented by the Menlo Park City School District. Named an NPR Best Book […]

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