Menlo Park City School District

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 Menlo Park City School District, please help us know your priorities and inform our planning by completing our Community Survey. We want to hear from everyone, whether or not they have children currently enrolled in our schools – Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, or Hillview. The survey will remain open through the end of June.

The MPCSD School Board will be meeting additionally over the summer to hear and discuss updates about our fall reopening planning. Meetings will be held over Zoom beginning at 5:00 p.m. on June 25, July 2, July 16, July 30, and August 30. Please find details for connecting to the meeting on our district website homepage under “Announcements” posted three days prior to each meeting.

MPCSD has been helping provide food security to hundreds of district families since the region’s Shelter In Place began and schools closed. The economic impact of the coronavirus crisis has hurt our most vulnerable families the most, with many experiencing job loss and decreased wages. We have been so grateful to our community who has supported these families through donations to our MPCSD Helps initiative. We hope to continue providing food support throughout the summer, and help families with back-to-school supplies in August. For information on how you can donate, please visit MPCSD Helps.

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MPCSD COVID-19 Response Team will present proposed re-opening plan at the June 4 school board meeting

Menlo Park City School District’s COVID-19 Response Team will recommend to the School Board at its June 4 regular meeting a model for reopening school on August 20, 2020. During its planning meetings, the team has thoughtfully considered the high-level decisions that must be made in advance of more detailed planning. In order to move […]

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Changes to emergency childcare offered at Laurel School in partnership with Newton Center

Emails MPCSD spokesperson Parke Treadway: “The emergency childcare offered at Laurel School in partnership with Newton Center has made some changes: Children as young as three year are now accepted Daily or weekly registrations are accepted The $400 tuition is waived; families can pay what they can afford Program hours are 7:00 am until 6:00 […]

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Schools will continue to be closed through May 1

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. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, […]

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Menlo Park school district employees asked to remain home Friday; fundraising auction cancelled

Three individuals who potentially had indirect exposure to COVID-19 were asked by the Menlo Park City School District to stay home today while it is determined if further quarantine or medical testing is necessary. Wrote Superintendent of Schools Erik Burmeister is a letter posted yesterday, March 5, on the district’s website: “None of the individuals […]

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Menlo Park city schools continue to attain high marks

According to the 2019 California Schools Dashboard, Menlo Park City School District continues to attain high marks. The Dashboard, accessible at, is a tool that presents data to “provide a more complete picture of how schools and districts are meeting the needs of all students.” Academically, 84% of MPCSD students meet or exceed state […]

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MPCSD announces school board discussion of parcel tax replacement

The Menlo Park City School District School Board at its regular meeting on Thursday, November 14, will consider a timetable for the replacement of parcel tax Measure X. The March 2017 passage of Measure X, along with the $2 million in cuts MPCSD made, was a short-term solution to afford the district a longer planning […]

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Menlo Park City School District hosts “guest teacher” recruitment fair

In conjunction with an announced increase in Guest Teacher pay, Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD) will host a recruitment fair on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 for anyone interested in becoming a Guest Teacher or Guest Paraprofessional. Two times are offered: 10:00-11:00 am or 4:00-5:00 pm at the MPCSD District Office, 181 Encinal Ave., Atherton. […]

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Have lunch with MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister on Oct. 25

Curious about education in Menlo Park and Atherton? Sup & Sandwich is back and the community is invited! Join Superintendent Erik Burmeister for a town hall style event on Friday, October 25, 11:30 am-1:00 pm at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park. Superintendent Burmeister will update you on the state of our […]

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Menlo Park City School District refinances bonds, securing savings for local taxpayers

The Menlo Park City School District has secured savings of over $3.7 million for local taxpayers by refinancing bonds previously approved by voters. The School Board had voted at its August 29 meeting to approve the refinance, and the action was implemented on September 10, 2019. The District took advantage of the current low interest […]

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Spotted: Izola the crossing guard back at her post

As a household on the path to a local school, it’s been great to have Izola the traffic guard helping kids and parents cross two different cross walks. While there are stop signs at all the intersections, some impatient motorists do a rolling stop at best. But not with Izola on duty! So, it was […]

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