COVID-19 Resource Page
The members of Menlo School’s Response Team have been closely monitoring the rapidly developing COVID-19 crisis. For updates on this continually evolving situation, watch this page.
Fall 2020: Distance Learning Plans
Given the current status of the pandemic in the Bay Area, and in accordance with the legal guidelines from local and state officials, Menlo’s school year will begin on August 31 with a distance learning format (see the announcement here ). We will reevaluate health conditions on October 1, and if deemed appropriate will bring students on campus by November 1, at the earliest. Any adjustments we make will occur no earlier than November 1, unless the data we’re seeing radically and positively changes before then. Three foundational goals—to keep our community safe, support faculty and staff, and maintain the top-notch student experience you’ve come to expect—will be at the center of all of Menlo’s decision making with regard to in-person and distance learning.
Distance Learning Hub
One Medical Partnership
As part of our efforts to reopen the school when it is safe to do so, we are excited to announce a new partnership with One Medical and its “Healthy Together” program. The program is an important addition to the adaptations we have already made to ensure that we can safeguard the health of our community in the event that we are able to teach and learn on campus. Given the importance of regular testing and tracing in the larger fight against COVID-19, we are excited to announce that One Medical’s benefits are available now to Menlo students, faculty, and staff, and will continue throughout the 2020-21 school year. To learn more, see this FAQ. To sign up for OneMedical, follow these simple steps.
Coming to Campus?
Currently, some students are coming to campus for voluntary enrichment activities. Menlo School expects that each student who has a smartphone will use the symptom tracker located in the One Medical app and receive a green badge every day before arriving on campus. Learn about our Campus Arrival Procedures here .
Tips on Staying Healthy
from Joan Barada, School Nurse
You can protect yourself and others from respiratory illness, including COVID-19, through common-sense preventative measures such as:
- Avoiding close contact with those with cold and flu-like symptoms
- Covering your nose/mouth when coughing and sneezing with a flexed elbow
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Throwing used tissues in the trash and washing your hands
- Cleaning your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Staying home when you are sick
- Calling ahead before visiting your doctor, urgent care, or the emergency room if you are sick. The healthcare provider will give you further instructions.
- The CDC currently recommends that the general public wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores. Surgical and N95 masks should be reserved for medical professionals.
Family Support Resources
Parents and guardians are a key part of a student’s success. As part of our commitment to them and their children at Menlo, we aim to partner with parents and guardians not only during times of joy and celebration but also during times of need or crisis. Menlo’s family support programs work to ensure that all families can fully participate in the life of the school. Our team works directly with families on a wide range of issues, particularly those that directly affect student learning, their sense of belonging, wellness and various forms of personal security. We aim to promote equity and inclusion by providing personalized access to resources on campus and throughout the greater communities where our families reside.
Los padres y guardianes son una parte clave del éxito de un estudiante. Como parte de nuestro compromiso ha ellos y ha sus hijos en Menlo, nuestro objetivo es asociarnos con padres y guardianes no solo en momentos de alegría y celebración, sino también en momentos de necesidad o crisis. Los programas de apoyo familiar de Menlo trabajan para garantizar que todas las familias puedan participar plenamente en la vida de la escuela. Nuestro equipo trabaja directamente con familias en amplios temas, particularmente aquellos que afectan directamente el aprendizaje de los estudiantes, su sentido de pertenencia, bienestar y diversas formas de seguridad personal. Nuestro objetivo es promover la equidad y la inclusión al proporcionar acceso personalizado a los recursos en el campus y en las comunidades locales donde residen nuestras familias.
A Few Words on Stigma and Resilience
In the context of this pandemic, some groups of people may be experiencing social stigma or discrimination, including people of Asian descent, people who have traveled to affected areas, and emergency responders or other healthcare professionals. Stigma and bias are not based on scientific fact, and they hurt everyone by spreading fear and anger. Stopping stigma is important in making our community resilient during this crisis. Everyone can help stop bias by knowing the facts about COVID-19 and sharing them with others.