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. 

School ClosureAn image of covid-19

Menlo’s campus has closed as of Thursday, March 12 to enable social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19. The campus will remain closed through Spring Break, April 12. The closure will include the suspension of all co-curricular activities and clubs (including athletics practices and games, as well as arts events and rehearsals.) Distance learning began on Thursday, March 12, with the support of our Tech Team. 

For general information and scientific background on COVID-19, please visit our library resource page 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. 
  • For the general public, the CDC does not currently recommend the use of face masks. It is important that the limited supply of face masks currently available be used by those who are sick to prevent spreading illness to others, and by healthcare workers or others caring for a person who is ill in a close setting. 

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. 

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.

Family Support Programs and Community Resources
Core Service Agencies

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.

Programas de apoyo familiar y recursos comunitarios
Agencies de servicios esenciales

Distance Learning Hub

Watch this space for updates on our academic program throughout the spring. 

Family Distance Learning Handbook, Part I
Family Distance Learning Handbook, Part II: Middle School
Family Distance Learning Handbook, Part II: Upper School

Updates from College Counseling
  • SAT: SAT and SAT II exams on May 2 and March 28 have been canceled. For more details and future updates, visit this page
  • AP: AP exams will be moved online and shortened to reflect what students learned prior to March. Learn more here
  • ACT: The April 4 ACT exam has been canceled. Learn more here
  • What does this mean for college admissions? We are confident that colleges and universities will adjust their admission processes to accommodate applicants who wish to take the SAT or ACT exam at a later date. Remember, testing in the fall for seniors has always been an option, and it may end up being the only option for students in the Class of 2021. We also expect more colleges to move to test-optional depending on how long this pandemic lasts. Bottom line: colleges are well-aware of what is happening, and they will adapt accordingly.   Our colleagues at Compass Education Group are keeping this link updated with standardized testing news. 

Our Communications

  • March 22: Beginning Synchronous Learning

    Dear Members of the Menlo Community,

    I had a “moment”. Yesterday, Deborah and I walked to our local Safeway for a few supplies and checkout involved standing in a single line that stretched down an entire aisle. One heroic staff member with a mask and gloves on was directing traffic, sending the customer at the head of the line to the next open checkout stand. When it was our turn at the front of the line, an older gentleman pushed past the staff member and began putting his items on the belt for checkout, muttering angrily in response to her explaining that the line was actually down the aisle and that others had been waiting patiently for their turn. My immediate reaction, I will admit to all of you, was to take this personally: who was this guy ignoring the needs of others and disrespecting this poor staff member who is just doing her best in an unenviable job? My righteousness was in top form, if I do say so myself.

    But then I had my moment. I looked at his face as he muttered dismissively at the staff member, literally waving her off as he did so, and I saw fear. “What if,” I asked myself, “he isn’t actually angry but deeply afraid?  How would you respond then?” My righteousness turned to compassion, everyone in line got to the checkout, and we all got through that experience together.  

    We need these moments of compassion and empathy and grace if we are to come out of this crisis with our humanity intact.  

    Tomorrow we move from asynchronous distance learning to Phase II of our plan, which will now focus on a synchronized model. As I have shared in previous communications, I am proud of and grateful for our faculty who have rallied in the most incredible ways to develop, at some cost to themselves and their families, lessons and plans for how to serve our students going forward. They, too, have family members they are worried about, young children at home that make it hard to stay focused on work, and fears and anxieties around a virus that is the ultimate “boogeyman”: invisible and scary. I am profoundly grateful to our faculty for their continued dedication. They are true heroes and I am eager to fully support their efforts as they continue to provide the best they can for our students. A common thread of feedback that I hear from them is that they miss seeing their students. They miss being with them. They miss the engagement, interaction, and laughter that comes from being together in the classroom.

    Similarly, I am hearing from families who are experiencing the exact same pressures and worries, and who are feeling sadness from their students about the loss of connection with friends and teachers and seeing traditions and rituals they’ve been looking forward to for years going by the wayside. One student shared with their advocate that this new reality is “all of the work and none of the fun” … heartbreaking. While this is a difficult time for all of our students, I am mindful that this is a particularly stressful situation for our seniors, who are missing out on their final athletic seasons or final opportunities to perform for our community, and they’re fretful about missing out on cherished traditions that come as part of the senior year experience. Please know we are working tirelessly to mitigate what we can to ensure that we create the right send-off for our seniors. We promise to continue to communicate our contingency plans as they become available. 

    But everyone, every single person in the Menlo Community, is doing their level best, and that is all we could or should ask of each other right now.  

    So here is what we need: flexibility, grace and patience. As a school, this is our first time trying a massive pivot on short notice. Our distance learning handbook, intended to be a helpful guide in a new realm for many of us, has been well received AND I’ve also heard from a couple of people that it was too rigid or prescriptive: fair points. When we can get to it, Handbook 2.0 will be better than our first attempt and our 5th version of this handbook, I can tell you now, will be downright spectacular! But we are where we are. There are some things that will happen next week that will be incredible and we will have some wonderful stories to share … and some things won’t quite be where we need them to be (yet!) We hold a great deal of humility around this fact and I am working hard, alongside La Vina Lowery and Maren Jinnett, to support faculty in their understanding that we can only ask for them to do their best and to have patience if it isn’t perfect right away.  

    One of the things that I think makes Menlo a special place is a culture that is both humble and responsive. We accept feedback gratefully and hopefully gracefully and we use it to improve. In our normal state, we seek feedback and work quickly to respond to it. But I am going to ask that we take a pause on that for right now. There is a lot that we have learned already as we entered into this new land of distance learning and we will certainly learn a lot more. There will be a time for feedback from parents about how they think it is going—but that time isn’t right now. Our teachers are hyper-alert to how things are rolling out and are going to be checking in frequently with their students and also in advocacies to look for larger patterns in how we can tweak and improve. Let’s go with that feedback loop for the next few weeks and then open it up to more feedback after that so we can keep improving.  

    If we can see the angry customer ignoring the needs of others as a scared fellow traveller and stand in line for another three minutes so his day is a little better, we all have a good shot at getting through this together. The virus is not the only contagion we face: fear, panic, and selfishness thrive in an environment like this one because they trigger others toward those same base instincts. 

    But we must also remember that flexibility, grace, patience, compassion, and generosity are even more contagious. What if we dedicated ourselves to being the “carriers” of those contagions in our society? What if we modeled this for our children and this became the lesson they took from their middle or high school years?

    What would happen to the world then?

    We will get through this together,

    Than Healy    
    Head of School

  • March 16: Update on Distance Learning and Shelter-in-Place Order

    Dear Members of the Menlo Community,

    As you may already know, this afternoon the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Alameda issued a “shelter in place” order through April 7, requiring people to stay home except for activity that meets essential needs. Our understanding is that necessary government functions, healthcare facilities, and essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open. Defining what is essential may not seem intuitive or clear; we think this resource from San Francisco offers some clarity. This ordinance is effective starting tonight at midnight. With this announcement, Menlo is closing the campus to non-essential staff—effectively everyone who is not involved with security and core business operations.

    We fully support these measures as we agree that they provide the best chance to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect others in our community. As was our initial strategy when we made the decision to move to distance learning, our hope is that we can do our part through social distancing to help flatten the curve and lessen the impact on those most vulnerable. I ask again that you support our efforts by doing what you can to adhere to the new guidelines as implemented by our local officials.

    Advocates had a chance to check in with their advocacies today. By and large, the reports back were fairly consistent: Students were happy to see each other again and just talk. It is also clear that the novelty of the first few days of being away from school has now worn off. Students reported feeling restless and eager for some normalcy and predictability. We hope the advocacy can continue to be a good outlet for students to express how they are feeling and how they are responding to the distance learning program. We will closely monitor the feedback we receive from advocates.

    By Wednesday, we hope to share Part II of our Distance Learning Handbook with you. Most likely we will continue with asynchronous learning throughout the remainder of this week.

    And while we are focusing intently on providing as normal an education for our students as we are able during these strange and trying days, we don’t want to overlook the fact that this crisis is taking a real toll on families, faculty, staff, and people in our community. The behavior in grocery stores, relentless news cycle, and now this latest public health order can all contribute to a sense of unease and worry. Care for yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors. We get through this by making sure that no one feels alone in the face of something we cannot control. Amid the charts and analyses of what is to come are also videos of fitness instructors offering classes to people on their porches and neighbors singing to each other from balconies: people finding and maintaining community even in the face of isolation. Stay together and know that we are with you as well.

    Sincerely,

    Than Healy
    Head of School

  • March 13: From Than Healy: An Update on Distance Learning

    Dear Menlo Community,

    Since the announcement of our closure on Wednesday, faculty in both divisions have been in day-long training sessions to prepare for online teaching. We’re pleased to report that the training has gone extremely well. I’m grateful to the team leaders, trainers, and our technology team for pulling this together so thoroughly and so quickly. Our faculty care deeply about their students, and I can see through their dedication and motivation a great desire to ensure that online learning be as effective as possible. They want to get this right. No doubt, we’ll have some bumps along the way, but knowing this faculty as I do, I know their commitment is for excellence and they will work tirelessly to make this experience great for our students.

    Next week we’ll continue with asynchronous learning. La Vina Lowery today sent a note to Middle School families with a bit more clarity on how middle schoolers can use their time to help create some normalcy and predictability in their day. Middle School advocates will reach out to their students via Google Meet to provide further details. Upper School students should note that, through next week, teachers follow the schedule in the daily planner to distribute course work with one caveat: Monday’s schedule will now follow that of a Day 1 (blocks A, B, C, D) instead of the professional development day we had originally had planned. Upper School teachers will communicate directly with students about how to self-pace their studies and Maren will reach out to students at the start of the week to welcome and orient them to the week ahead. 

    We will soon share with you plans for a synchronized program. We have been completing a handbook which should help you and your student navigate the daily schedule and will provide you with the details for course expectations, attendance, participation, and assessments. We hope to have that information to you by mid-week next week.

    I hope you and your family are adjusting well to the closure. It is, without question, a time of adjustment for all of us. I am wishing you a good weekend. Maybe with the expected rain, it will provide opportunities for even more family closeness.

    Be well, and look to hear from us with further updates next week.

    Sincerely,

    Than Healy
    Head of School

  • March 12: Social Distancing and Additional Parenting Resources

    Dear Menlo Families and Upper School Students,

    I hope that the transition for you all this morning has been a smooth, if unusual one. I woke today thinking of all of you and especially about the families for whom our decision will have real consequences—I know that even if our decision is the right thing, there are costs that come with it and I worry about the people that those costs fall on.

    I also want you to know that our faculty are all hard at work, online, learning and polishing the tools they will need to deliver a high-quality learning experience for our students. They are nervous, some to the point of emotion, because they care so deeply about being able to provide the kinds of learning experiences they know our students deserve. But they are remarkably game for the challenge, which is not surprising but heartening to have confirmed.

    Today’s communication will not contain any major announcements or updates (we’ve had enough of those lately!) but instead, focus entirely on how we can support you. I have intentionally included our Upper School students on this communication because I believe that they are capable of engaging in and possibly leading the discussions I will propose. It is very likely that some or all of our Middle School students are ready for this material as well, but I want to leave that in the hands of families to decide for themselves.

    The two areas of support we would like to provide today are around Social Distancing Measures and how you might continue to speak with your students (especially our younger students) about the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Social Distancing

    Aside from many, many emails of support, the most common response we got from yesterday’s communication were requests from students and families for more clarity about what did and did not qualify as being appropriate distancing measures. 

    As a reminder, here’s what I emphasized in yesterday’s communication: In order for this campus dismissal to have its desired effect, it must be accompanied by social distancing tactics by every member of this community. We are asking for your support in helping enforce social distancing protocols (such as these  recommended by the WHO) for the good of our community, which means no group gatherings off-campus either. While it will be tempting to try and bring friends together for social reasons, our best opportunity to get through the health crisis quickly is if we help contain the virus’s spread as much as possible. The sacrifices we will all make are effectively negated if students or families are gathering socially. Our community needs us all to work together to reduce the burden on our healthcare system and flatten the curve  of COVID-19. 

    First, I love that people are taking our charge seriously—thank you. Second, we are happy to try to provide some guidance (and we will below) but in the end, this is a moral decision that each individual and family will have to make about what level of personal responsibility they will take in doing their part to lessen the impact of this virus on the most vulnerable in our society. We strongly encourage everyone to do their own research and want to underscore the possibility that this may be a great thing for our students to take the lead on in their families. 

    What is clear is that among the things we can control, practicing good medical hygiene (washing your hands, covering your cough or sneeze with your elbow, not exposing others if you have ANY symptoms and avoiding touching your face) and social distancing measures are the very best steps we can take.

    For the most comprehensive (and long) guide to everything related to the Coronavirus we are facing, click here . For a shortcut to their summary of the research on social distancing, you can jump here  for a quick, two-minute read that should give you the basics. And if you have 26 minutes or prefer podcasts, today’s The Daily  from the New York Times may be something you find helpful (if worrisome).

    Regardless of where you find your sources of information, what is clear is that there is no single standard for what social distancing means. What we know for certain is that more distance is better. The questions we are getting about whether a study group of three is okay, or ten, or if a birthday party with only 20 guests is acceptable, are reasonable and understandable but may miss the actual standard we must be thinking about. In a similar fashion, we have heard that maintaining a 6-foot separation from others outside of the home is helpful. But in the end, it isn’t so much the number (though a lower number of people and a greater distance between them are always better) but the necessity. Some questions for the family dinner table might be: What do we think our family’s moral commitment should be to doing our part in this crisis? Under what conditions would we deem gathering with other people a necessity worth potentially exposing others to risk? What self-sacrifices will we be ready to take up, even if others around us are not making the same choices?

    My family is having the same conversation right now ourselves. For us, going to the store to buy food for ourselves is a necessity but going to the movies is not. We wrote to our seven-person Spanish class that usually meets around the instructor’s dining room table (and that we love mostly because it’s a chance to see our friends) today to see if we could move it online and if not, we are planning on dropping (and still paying the teacher for missed classes) until we feel it is okay to return. We’ve decided that staying together as a family is a necessity, so having our daughters over to our home, especially when they need some comfort, is something we will continue doing.

    But each family must make their own decisions. The only request I make is that you engage with this conversation through the lens of responsibility to others. I have deep faith in this community to make moral and conscious choices.

    Supporting Families in Speaking with your Children about a Pandemic

    We recognize that none of what we are currently facing as parents or guardians was in that manual that came with the child oh those many years ago. We as a school certainly don’t have all of the answers, and different students will need different things. You know your kids better than anyone so you will know how to speak to them. In case they are helpful, however, here are some tips that our amazing counselors (Tracy Bianchi and Jake Fauver in the Upper School and Jake Davis in the Middle School) have compiled for you to consider.

    1. We encourage you to validate and then reassure. If a student is worried, we want them to know that their feelings make sense and reassure them of their safety at Menlo. On that line of thinking, it is also important to model calm reassurances and guidance if a student is expressing an inflated sense of unfounded alarm. That validation and reassurance might look like:

    I completely understand that you are worried and nervous right now because our school suddenly closed and Menlo is being discussed in the news and media in relation to the virus. So, the way you feel makes sense to me. Remember that the school has been talking about best practices for the community related to COVID-19 in class meetings and as a whole school. The school’s choice to close was out of an abundance of caution and was a part of a long-prepared plan about medical safety for this community. Their focus has been to help the Menlo community be prepared for a change in school schedules and ways of teaching and caring for one another if the school would need to take a break from everyday operations such as this. I mention that to help you to feel well cared for in a time when you might feel anxious or uncertain. At the same time, I know many schools are being extra cautious, and we are all safe right now. Currently, there have not been many cases that involve kids, and you will be back together in class eventually.

    2. Some age-appropriate talking points from NASP:

    • Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss the efforts of school and community leaders to prevent germs from spreading. Provide reassurance that adults are working to keep you safe.
    • Upper middle school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control. 

    3. Another strategy that is useful with kids is called “Check the Facts.” After validating, encourage them to step back, assess the situation, and ask yourself “Is what I am thinking about this situation factual?” Then direct them to proof to help them figure out if their response is fitting.

    And here are some other resources you might consider if you have the time and interest:

    We have much more to communicate in the coming days and weeks, and we will do our very best not to overwhelm your inboxes by only sending one per day unless absolutely necessary.

    We hope you are moving through this chapter well and that you will reach out to us if we can be helpful. This is an amazing community and one that is in a position to help more than just ourselves. Our mission and values call for us to develop a sense of purposes larger than ourselves: I can think of no better time than to put that ethic into play in each of our lives.

    We will get through this together.

    Sincerely,

    Than Healy
    Head of School

    Further Resources on COVID-19

      • For more information on the developing public health response to COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization’s resource page here  or the CDC’s FAQ here . You can find localized updates from the San Mateo County Health Department here .

     

     

      • San Mateo County Health now offers a 24/7 call line. Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency, non-medical information on COVID-19. You can also text “coronavirus” to 211211 for updates.

     

      • The Mental Health Association of San Francisco offers a phone and webchat non-emergency “warm line” for Californians seeking emotional support. This service is available 24/7 and is available for emotional distress related to COVID-19. Learn more here .

     

      • The Menlo Library has created a resource page here  for up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak, including scientific background and reliable news sources.
  • March 11: Announcing School Closure Through Spring Break

    Dear Members of the Menlo Community,

    School Closing

    The members of our Response Team have been closely monitoring the rapidly developing COVID-19 crisis that was today officially defined as a Pandemic by the World Health Organization. As we have shared with you previously, we have been in communication with local public health officials and medical professionals that work in both national and international contexts. Finally, we have had the great fortune of having our own expert virologist in our parent body who has been incredible in providing guidance, insight, and counsel to our team. 

    Given what we know at this time, we have determined it is now time to close the School campus. We will be closing the campus to non-employees starting tomorrow (Thursday) through the end of our spring break (April 13). While we cannot predict how long the health crisis will last, we are hopeful that we will be able to resume regular classes on campus after spring break. The closure will include the suspension of all co-curricular activities and clubs (including athletics practices and games, as well as arts events and rehearsals.) 

    This decision was not made lightly. It was informed not only by our priority to protect the health and safety of our students and employees and their families, but also by our communal responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19. We believe this is a critical moment in the outbreak when such measures can potentially impact the spread of the disease.

    In order for this campus dismissal to have its desired effect, it must be accompanied by social distancing tactics by every member of this community. While essential staff and faculty whose work requires their presence here may come to campus, we are asking that students and parents stay away from campus during the closure. We are asking for your support in helping enforce social distancing protocols (such as these recommended by the WHO) for the good of our community, which means no group gatherings off-campus either. While it will be tempting to try and bring friends together for social reasons, our best opportunity to get through the health crisis quickly is if we help contain the virus’s spread as much as possible. The sacrifices we will all make are effectively negated if students or families are gathering socially. Our community needs us all to work together to reduce the burden on our healthcare system and flatten the curve of COVID-19. 

    Moving to a Distance Learning Model

    Tomorrow and Friday we will finalize with faculty our ongoing preparations for distance learning. Faculty will begin this work tomorrow from their homes, connecting to our trainers remotely. This work will be ongoing to ensure that we can provide the best possible continued educational experience for our students during this closure.

    We will initiate distance learning in two phases. Phase one for our students begins tomorrow (Thursday) when we will introduce asynchronous learning. This means that teachers will continue with assignments through Haiku, but will not conduct formal classroom-like sessions. This phase will continue into next week. Phase two, which will begin as soon as we are able, will move towards a synchronized model in which students in both divisions will follow a daily schedule with online class meeting times.

    We recognize that there is some ambiguity here and the absence of more details will naturally bring up questions about how distance learning will work. In an effort not to inundate the community with too much information now, and to allow the School more time to get our details fine-tuned, we will roll out our long-distance plans in much fuller detail in the coming days. Our distance-learning team has been working tirelessly on our model and we are confident that we can continue to offer an exceptional program for our students—even if it is different from our normal approach. Our plans include sharing a well-written, comprehensive distance-learning handbook and you should look for that in the coming days.

    What You Can Expect from Us

    To allow Upper School teachers more time to prepare for the distance learning program, we will send upper school quarter grades and comments later this month. If this causes a practical concern for an application a student is submitting, please contact our Upper School registrar Julie Hammack and we will do what we can to be helpful.

    In the coming days, we will also communicate more with you about Upper School course selections, logistics, and new deadlines. This continues to be a priority for the Upper School but it is taking a backseat temporarily to the issues of the day.

    Many of you have reached out to group leaders about events and trips. While all in-person School-related events between now and spring break have now been canceled, we will shortly begin to review all scheduled events from spring break to the end of the year and will decide which of these events we will need to modify or cancel. We will share this information with you as soon as we have more clarity on how we will proceed.

    Additionally, we’ll soon share more details about our upcoming dinner auction. We are saddened to have to cancel our live event but hope that you will show your support by participating in our online auction. Our auction chairs and their committees remain hard at work to make the online auction engaging and successful in support of our Financial Aid program.

    What You Can Do to Help

    Help your students to understand these decisions in the context of the times. It is expected that many adolescents will feel the pain of disappointment and loss when they think about aspects of school that they had been looking forward to that are now canceled. We understand that online learning is not the same as the in-person learning they have come to know and love. And we can anticipate that some students will take this very personal impact of COVID-19 and suddenly realize the immense weight of the pandemic that they have been reading about theoretically for weeks now and it will feel like it is hitting them all at once. Be there, be present, and love your children. They may need you right now more than they are showing.

    I also ask for your patience, understanding, and grace as we adjust to the distance-learning model. Our faculty are really good at teaching in a physical classroom; with a little practice, they’ll get quite good at teaching without one. One of the great strengths of the School has always been that our teachers are constant learners themselves, iterating as they go and learning from what works and what doesn’t in their lessons. During this transition, we will benefit from that existing flexibility on their part, and I hope that we can all offer some flexibility of our own in support of their efforts. 

    In Closing

    It goes without saying that these are highly unusual times. For some of the adults in our community, perhaps many, it will be our first time experiencing something so globally consequential. And it is most certainly a first for most if not all of our students in their lives. Hopefully, this will last for only a short time before we can get back to our normal routines. It is likely, however, that this isn’t the last time in their lives that our students will experience what will feel like an unprecedented crisis. As adults, we must keep in mind that our responses to this situation will become the model for our children for how to respond to strange, unsettling times. If we can consciously model calm, determination, and a collectivist rather than an individualistic orientation, we may be teaching our students the most important lesson they will ever receive from their Menlo experience. 

    Our shared values as a community call on us to act decisively and conscientiously at this moment. While the health effects of COVID-19 may be mild for many young and healthy people, the medically vulnerable are not an afterthought—they are our family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Taking measures to prevent spreading illness is how we show our care, our empathy, and our willingness to take action to create the society we want to live in. 

    In the meantime, stay together. Check in on each other and look out for those vulnerable humans in our community who need us now more than ever. Model appropriate vulnerability for your children so they feel safe expressing concerns and feelings when they have them. We are in this together and I know that as a community, we’ll get through this together.

    I am so grateful for your continued patience, support, and generosity of spirit, and I’ve never been more fortunate to be part of the Menlo School community.

    Sincerely,

    Than Healy
    Head of School

    Further Resources on COVID-19

      • For more information on the developing public health response to COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization’s resource page here or the CDC’s FAQ here. You can find localized updates from the San Mateo County Health Department here.
      • San Mateo County Health now offers a 24/7 call line. Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency, non-medical information on COVID-19. You can also text “coronavirus” to 211211 for updates.
      • The Mental Health Association of San Francisco offers a phone and webchat non-emergency “warm line” for Californians seeking emotional support. This service is available 24/7 and is available for emotional distress related to COVID-19. Learn more here
      • The Menlo Library has created a resource page here for up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak, including scientific background and reliable news sources.
  • March 10: Thursday and Friday Schedule Change

    Dear Members of the Menlo Community,

    As the local health situation offers new developments on a nearly hourly basis, we are working steadfastly to prepare to initiate distance learning should the need arise. What our amazing faculty needs now is some additional training time for this eventuality. To respond to that need, here is our plan for the next few days which includes a reasonably significant schedule change.

     We will be in normal session tomorrow (Wednesday), and then will use Thursday and Friday as professional development days, replacing the Monday professional development day originally on the calendar. During these teacher days, co-curricular activities (athletics, arts, clubs) will continue as normal. Students in both divisions will be provided assignments in each of their classes via Haiku. Faculty will spend this time finalizing training to deliver a distance-learning version of our academic program. At this time we are unclear as to whether we will be in a position to re-open for in-person classes on Monday. The nature of the situation is changing so rapidly that we will simply need to monitor what is going on around us and make the best decision we can for our students and for our community.  

    At this time, we feel it is important to share that we are modifying the annual Dinner/Auction to an online-only event. The Auction Chairs and Development team are hard at work creatively imagining a dynamic and engaging online auction to benefit our students and the Financial Aid program. Raising funds for Financial Aid remains a priority for the School, and we hope that once we have our new plans in place, you’ll help us achieve our goals by supporting the online auction in the same ways you would have by attending our live event. 

    We deeply appreciate the patience and good-will everyone in our community has displayed during these challenging times. You can count on us to follow up soon with more information about our near-term plans for event cancellations or modifications as well as any further planned closures or dismissals. 

    We hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this uncertain time, and we encourage you to continue to check online resources for COVID-19 information, or contact your health provider if you have health-related concerns or questions. A list of resources can be found at the bottom of this letter.

    Sincerely,

    Than Healy
    Head of School

     

    Further Resources on COVID-19

    • For more information on the developing public health response to COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization’s resource page here or the CDC’s FAQ here. You can find localized updates from the San Mateo County Health Department here.
    • We recommend this New York Times piece and this National Association of School Psychologists article for their valuable insights on helping young people gain perspective, an understanding of the steps adults are taking to care for them, and a sense of control in these unsettling circumstances.
    • San Mateo County Health now offers a 24/7 call line. Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency, non-medical information on COVID-19.
    • The Mental Health Association of San Francisco offers a phone and webchat non-emergency “warm line” for Californians seeking emotional support. This service is available 24/7 and is available for emotional distress related to COVID-19. Learn more here.
  • March 8: Update on Test Results

    Dear Members of the Menlo Community,

    We are writing to update you with some new information. The San Mateo County Department of Health has notified the School that the employee in question has tested positive for COVID-19. We felt it important that we share this news with you. The Department of Health had already concluded yesterday that regardless of the results of their tests, the nature and details of the case made it safe to reopen the campus tomorrow. The affirmation of a positive test does not change this conclusion. Here is the message we received from Scott Morrow at the Department of Health: “This employee has not been at your school during their infectious period. Based on CDC guidance, we believe no exposure to COVID-19 occurred at the school and do not recommend any additional actions at this time.” Given this firm Health Department recommendation, in addition to the fact that the employee has been in self-isolation for the past 13 days, that no employees who work closely with the individual have reported any signs of illness or symptoms, and the fact that by this evening we will have completed the deep-cleaning of the campus, we concur with the Health Department’s finding and plan to reopen tomorrow morning. 

    News of a positive result can be understandably concerning and we worry that this may add to the elements of panic and anxiety we are observing in our broader society. However, continuing to share information with our community when we have it is a commitment we will not waver from and we can only hope that you will take this new information in stride. While we are doing all we can to ensure the safety of all in our community, we understand that all families must determine for themselves their appropriate course of action. We ask that you let us know of your intentions so we can continue to monitor attendance. No student choosing to stay home will be penalized from their academic work or co-curricular activities.

    As a reminder, tomorrow’s academic schedule in the Middle School will begin with our usual advocacy check-in, followed by a normal Day 3. The Upper School will resume with a normal Day 4.

    On a related note, we are pleased to report that, in addition to our campus cleaning, our buses have been cleaned with a Clorox-based cleaning solution. This cleaning includes our shuttles. It is worth noting that no one who is known to have been exposed to the virus has used or ridden any Menlo vehicle or First Student bus and we have thus concluded that the risk is low to non-existent. It is our hope that families will continue their commitment to using public transportation options to get to school, but we hasten to add that every family needs to make their own decisions about what is right for them. 

    We look forward to seeing our students and teachers back on campus tomorrow and will be sure to update you immediately if any of our plans should change for any reason. Barring any new information, our intention is to communicate with you again Tuesday evening with more information about our long-range plans and event scheduling.

    Sincerely,

    Than Healy

    Head of School

    Further Resources on COVID-19

      • For more information on the developing public health response to COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization’s resource page here or the CDC’s FAQ here. You can find localized updates from the San Mateo County Health Department here.

     

     

      • The County of San Mateo has opened a public call center for residents with non-medical questions about COVID-19. The number is 650-363-4422. The call center will take calls from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and use a three-way language line to help non-English speakers seeking information about COVID-19.
  • March 7: Menlo Will Reopen Monday

    Dear Members of the Menlo Community,

    Reopening Campus

    The senior administration has been hard at work for the past three days and has spent the time preparing for scenarios if this current global health crisis continues for some time. We wish we had more definitive news to report regarding our employee whose relative tested positive. As of this communication, we still do not know the results of the testing. We have, however, stayed in close contact with the San Mateo Department of Health and based on the fact that the employee is self-isolated, and that by Sunday evening the School’s deep-cleaning will have been completed, it is our position and the determination of the Department of Health that it will be safe to resume normal classes beginning Monday regardless of the outcome of the staff member’s test. There will be some modifications to campus life and non-essential events which we will outline below.

    Health Guidance

    Anyone with a fever, cough, general malaise or anything remotely resembling illness needs to stay home. At a minimum, you must be fever-free without the aid of Tylenol or Advil for at least 24 hours and must be free of any other illnesses. Students and staff who become sick at school, or arrive at school sick, will be sent home as soon as possible. We are working closely with teachers and coaching staff to ensure that no one will be penalized for missing classes, practices, or athletic events. It remains important to take standard precautionary measures against respiratory illness, including:

    • 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
    • Cleaning your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    For additional health questions, please contact School Nurse Joan Barada. If you have known exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19, or you have traveled to a country that is CDC level 2 or above, please tell Joan immediately. 

    Classes and Schedules

    Classes and school schedules will resume as normal. On Monday it will be a Day 3 for the Middle School beginning with advocacy check-in, and Day 1 for the Upper School. Teachers will spend time updating students about due dates and extensions for work that was delayed due to the closure. 

    Dining Hall

    For the health and safety of all, we are making some modifications in the dining hall. For the time being, we are suspending the self-serve stations and will be using disposable utensils. If your student depends on the salad bar or sandwich station for preferred meals, you might consider sending them with a home lunch for the short term. We will also reconfigure seating in the dining hall and are evaluating how best to keep smaller numbers in the food lines. As weather permits, we will also encourage students to eat their lunches outdoors.

    Group Gathering Policy

    Consistent with direction from the San Mateo County Health Department’s recommendations, we have also made the determination that for now, all non-essential school-sponsored group events (50 persons or more), trips that involve planes or long bus travel or overnight stays will be canceled. We will enact this policy through spring break and then re-evaluate activities that are scheduled for the rest of the year. We anticipate that scheduled athletics events will continue as planned as they will mostly be held outdoors, though we’ll evaluate this on a case-by-case basis. We are coordinating some of these plans with the MSPA leadership and will communicate which events are continuing and which have been canceled in an upcoming update. As always each family should make the best decisions they can for their children; everything in our co-curricular program is truly opt-in for students.

    In the meantime, please find a list of canceled or modified events for the week of March 7-15:

    • Monday-Friday: Writers’ Week ( Canceled )
    • Tuesday, Mar. 10: Course Selection Night for 9th Grade Parents ( A digital presentation along with supporting documents will be sent this week via emai l)
    • Wednesday, Mar. 11: 11th Grade Mom’s Night Out ( TBD )
    • Thursday, Mar. 12: 12th Grade Dads’ Night Out ( TBD )
    • Thursday, Mar. 12: 6th Grade Dads’ Night Out ( TBD )
    • Friday, Mar. 13: Middle School Knight Club ( Canceled )
    • Saturday, Mar. 14-Sunday, Mar. 15: Hackathon ( Canceled )

    Global Travel

    Given the global effects and spread of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel all of our summer Global Travel trips, including Menlo Abroad and HAND Grant travel. We are saddened to have to make this decision, but we feel it is in the best interest of our students’ and teachers’ well being. It has become clear that the right approach for us is to take a one-year pause from international travel. The primary driver for this decision is our concern that sending students into communities whose health care systems may be more fragile than the ones we enjoy here could compromise their ability to get help should they need it. While contracting COVID-19 is certainly a concern, we are much more worried that a student with more typical medical issues (gastrointestinal distress or a broken bone) would be unable to receive proper medical care due to an overwhelmed healthcare system. Adding to this the emerging logistical challenges of evacuating a student or group of students should a COVID-19 infection occur, the decision ultimately became quite easy for us to make.

    In Closing

    Clearly, we are in unusual times and the decisions we’re making are ones that no group before us has had to make. It is also worth noting that this may not be the last episode that we face as a school, county, or state, though we desperately hope it will be. You should know that should something else come up, we will respond with as much thought, care, and transparency as we are able. We will all get through this together. I am particularly grateful for the leadership of the response team made up of the members of the senior administration, Facilities Director Loren Arms, Nurse Joan Barada, and our virologist consultant. They have been working tirelessly to ensure community health and safety and to establish protocols that will allow for continued learning. I am grateful to all of you in the community for your support and patience as we wade through this uncharted territory. We understand that even with the safety measures that we’ve put into place, and our cautionary stance throughout this crisis, there may be some families who are not comfortable sending their students to school. We understand and respect these personal decisions. We will do our best to make every possible accommodation for all our students during this time.

    The teachers and I can’t wait to see you back on Monday. Please look for another community update, including additional details of modified or canceled events by Tuesday evening. I hope you get to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Than Healy

    Head of School

    Further Resources on COVID-19

      • For more information on the developing public health response to COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization’s resource page here or the CDC’s FAQ here. You can find localized updates from the San Mateo County Health Department here.

     

     

      • The County of San Mateo has opened a public call center for residents with non-medical questions about COVID-19. The number is 650-363-4422. The call center will take calls from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and use a three-way language line to help non-English speakers seeking information about COVID-19.
  • March 6: Announcing Cancellation of Global Programs

    Dear Students and Families in the Menlo Abroad and HAND Grant Programs,

    It is with regret that we write today to let you know that, after a month of consideration, exploration, and reflection, Menlo School has decided to cancel all global travel programs, including all Menlo Abroad destinations as well as HAND Grant travel. We understand that this news will be disappointing for students and families, but we wanted to share this information with you as soon as we knew it so that you could make other plans for the early summer if you wish to. While we had hoped a month ago that moving our China trip to another location would have allowed our 2020 program to go forward, it has become clear that the right approach for us is to take a one-year pause from international travel.

    We hasten to add that this decision is entirely unrelated to the current closure of our campus. Rather, we have been tracking our ability to ensure student safety for weeks. The primary driver for this decision is our concern that sending students into communities whose health care systems may be more fragile than the ones we enjoy here could compromise their ability to get help should they need it. While contracting COVID-19 is certainly a concern, we are much more worried that a student with more typical medical issues (gastrointestinal distress or a broken bone) would be unable to receive proper medical care due to an overwhelmed health system. Adding to this the emerging logistical challenges of evacuating a student or group of students should a COVID-19 infection occur, the decision ultimately became quite easy for us to make. 

    What this means practically is that all students who were accepted into Menlo Abroad trips this year will be re-routed into our other M-Term programs (more on that in the coming weeks and months). Students who are rising juniors or sophomores will be given the right of first refusal, assuming continued good citizenship and health, for their trip for the 2021 Menlo Abroad program. All families will receive full refunds for any payments they have made for the program and Menlo will be absorbing all cancellation costs.

    In closing, this decision is not made lightly, but we are confident it is the right one for our students, our program, and our school at this time. Keeping students safe is our highest priority and we will always take a conservative approach when making decisions like this.

    We are, of course, available to discuss this matter further if you would like to. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we all get through these uncertain times together.

    Most Sincerely,

    Than Healy

    Head of School

    Peter Brown

    Director of Global Programs

  • March 5: Thursday Evening School Closure Update

    Dear Members of the Menlo Community,

    Menlo is still awaiting test results for our employee who had contact with a relative who tested positive for COVID-19. Given the absence of this information, we do not yet have further directive from the Department of Health. We are continuing to take a conservative and cautionary stance as we await further information and directive from the Health Department. No staff who have been in close proximity to the employee have experienced illness or symptoms related to COVID-19.

    The senior administration continues to meet regularly and is monitoring the situation closely. 

    We hope to have more information by the end of the day tomorrow so that we can better determine if the School will reopen on Monday, as we hope it will. Should the closure extend past the weekend, we will communicate with you what that means in terms of our plans for distance learning. As news of more local school closures are being reported, we wish to remind our community that if you are experiencing any symptoms or signs of illness, you should contact your physician.

    Menlo is lucky in that we have a virologist who is a parent in our community. This parent is working closely with the National Response Team to create a vaccine to combat COVID-19. The parent has looked closely into our situation at Menlo, and has been recommending procedures we can put into place when we reopen. These include how we will operate our dining facilities, and continued monitoring of staff who worked closely with the employee whose relative has tested positive. The relationship with this medical expert has given us access to his invaluable perspective and has validated that we are taking the right steps to ensure our community’s safety. 

    In the meantime, the deep cleaning of the campus is in fact beginning tomorrow, and we expect that to last through the end Sunday.

    Earl Koberlein has been working on logistics for continuing our athletics programs. Our scheduled Nor-Cal Girls Basketball game against Bishop O’Dowd has been postponed. Earl is working with the CIF and the school to determine if and when the game can be played. The Bay Area Classic Tennis Tournament has been cancelled. We will be sure to update you as we learn more about our planned athletics events. We will continue to work hard for our Team because we are so deeply proud of how they have played, what they have achieved and also how they represent Menlo at its very best. 

    The County of San Mateo opened a public call center today for residents with non-medical questions about COVID-19. The number is 650-363-4422. The call center will take calls 7:00 am-7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and use a three-way language line to help non-English speakers seeking information about the novel coronavirus.

    We hope that you and your families are staying healthy and safe during this difficult time. We will update you with more information by the end of day tomorrow.

    Sincerely,

    Than Healy

    Head of School

    Further Resources on COVID-19

    • For more information on the developing public health response to COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization’s resource page here or the CDC’s FAQ here. You can find localized updates from the San Mateo County Health Department here.
    • We recommend this New York Times piece and this National Association of School Psychologists article for their valuable insights on helping young people gain perspective, an understanding of the steps adults are taking to care for them, and a sense of control in these unsettling circumstances.
  • March 4: School Closure Update

    Dear Members of the Menlo Community,

    As promised, we are writing to share details of the past 24 hours. While we don’t yet have an update on the health status of our employee, we can report that they have undergone testing for COVID-19 and are awaiting the results. We hope to know more by the end of the week. This staff member does not, we should note, work closely with faculty or students. Our thoughts continue to go out to our employee and their family for both their safety and well-being. 

    In the meantime, the School has been hard at work to put action plans in place to ensure community safety and to prepare plans for distance education through use of technology should we need them. Our facilities director, Loren Arms, has secured a company to deep-clean the campus. The work will begin tomorrow and is expected to take two days to complete. During this time, we wish to remind you that the campus remains closed, and we ask that you do not come to campus.

    Our division directors have been in close contact with teachers and have asked them to guide students on how to approach work in the next few days. In general, we hope this closure allows students to catch up on projects and assignments. We asked teachers not to load students with new work, but to use this break for a bit of downtime.

    Our counselors have been hard at work behind the scenes offering guidelines to us all on how to comfort and care for students who may feel anxious or concerned about the virus and our closure. We recommend this New York Times piece and this National Association of School Psychologists article for their valuable insights on helping young people gain perspective, an understanding of the steps adults are taking to care for them, and a sense of control in these unsettling circumstances. 

    Menlo continues to take a very conservative approach during this time and has suspended all non-essential activities. These include athletics, arts, clubs, and field trips. If you have questions about any outside-of-school participation in events, please contact the leaders of the groups involved for updated information. We are hearing that some outside groups are cautioning Menlo students to refrain from participation until the School has the “all-clear” to resume normal activity. While we do not feel that our students pose a risk, unfortunately, there’s little we can do to sway these directives from outside groups. 

    Unsurprisingly, there has been a lot of media attention surrounding the news of our closure. And unfortunately there has been a lot of misinformation circulating such as, “we hear the employee has passed away,” or “we hear Menlo is now in the clear,” or “we hear a faculty member has now tested positive for the Coronavirus.” We assure you that these statements are all untrue. Rumors and speculation are not helpful to the health of our community, and we are sharing information transparently and promptly as we receive it. Most media outlets have been incredibly supportive and helpful to the school. A few have begun to reach out to parents for comments. Please feel free to decline participating in requested interviews, and don’t hesitate to send inquiries directly to Alex Perez, our Director of Communication.

    We’ve been encouraged by the outpouring of support that we’ve received from our families. Parents have asked how they can best support the school during this time. The way this community has come together gives me great comfort; indeed, this is what makes Menlo a special place.

    We will spend the next few days continuing to work on our long-term plans in case we need to implement them and will keep you up-to-date as any new information emerges. Please look for another update no later than tomorrow evening.

    Sincerely,

    Than Healy

    Head of School

  • March 3: School Closure Effective Wednesday Through Weekend

    Dear Members of the Menlo Community,

    We have learned that a staff member of Menlo School has had contact with a relative who today tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The School is working closely with the San Mateo County Department of Health and the CDC. Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety and well-being of our community, we have decided to close the School through the weekend. This means that all school-related activities will be canceled, including classes, athletics, arts, clubs, and planned field trips. Students, faculty, and staff are not to be on campus during this time. During the closure, we will continue to work with the health departments and will gain a better understanding of our employee’s situation. We have also engaged a cleaning service and will use the time to deep clean the entire campus. 

    We know this news may cause understandable concern. While it is not our intent to cause undue alarm or disruption to our students’ learning, the School has decided to act conservatively and in the best interest of our community members in announcing this closure. Our desire is to continue to be transparent with you and communicate what we know as frequently as possible. We will communicate with you again by early evening on Wednesday to provide any updates.

    It remains important to take standard precautionary measures against respiratory illness, including:

    • 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
    • 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.

    For more information on the developing public health response to COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization’s resource page here or the CDC’s FAQ here. You can find localized updates from the San Mateo County Health Department here. For additional health questions, please contact School Nurse, Joan Barada.

    Sincerely,

    Than Healy
    Head of School

  • February 27: Menlo’s Action Plan for the Coronavirus

    Dear Menlo Community,

    I’m writing to let you know that we have been monitoring the CDC, the WHO and our local Health Department as well as the daily headlines regarding the Coronavirus. I wish to assure you that Menlo is keeping a close eye on the developing situation and the CDC’s projections. 

    Because you may reasonably wonder, it is important at this time to assure you that we have a safety plan in place should an outbreak affect our area. Three weeks ago, with the onset of the Coronavirus news, we dusted off the response plan that we had developed for SARS and Avian Flu, updating it to ensure that we had the necessary systems in place to activate it. With the recent news of the outbreak’s escalation, we moved that plan from our back pocket to our front pocket. Given ten years’ improvements in technology, we feel very confident that, should we need to, we can deliver a distance learning version of a Menlo education. While not ideal and certainly not as effective as in-person learning, we will be ready to continue school should we need to in a quarantine environment. It’s possible that we’ll need to take a 3-4 day pause to get our feet under us and have teachers adapt their plans, but once we’ve done that we will be ready to go with some semblance of “regular school”. We’ll communicate more details with you should the need arise to activate the quarantine plan.

    We are also currently evaluating the status of Menlo Abroad summer global travel programs. We will most certainly be adjusting our planned trip to China to another location and may ultimately need to cancel all trips unless we can ensure that we will be able to keep our students safe. Peter Brown , our Global Programs director, will communicate directly with families with updates about travel status.

    If you have recently traveled outside the United States, please check with the CDC website for guidelines about affected areas, and please contact Joan Barada .

    As a reminder, it is wise to take precautions to avoid respiratory illness in the winter, including:

    • Avoiding close contact with those with cold and flu-like symptoms
    • Staying home if you are sick
    • Covering your nose/mouth when coughing and sneezing with a flexed elbow
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • 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.

    I would also like to acknowledge that across the U.S., some people of Chinese or Asian descent are facing stigma in their communities, regardless of whether they have been exposed to Covid-19. Though there have been no reported incidents of this on Menlo’s campus, we hope our community members will offer their heightened awareness and sensitivity around this issue. 

    We will continue to monitor the situation closely and send updates. For more information, visit the World Health Organization’s coronavirus resource page here  or the CDC’s FAQ here

    Sincerely,


    Than Healy
    Head of School

Social Distancing

Social distancing means remaining out of places where people meet or gather, avoiding local public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, rideshare), and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others. This article in The Atlantic interviews public health experts about the Dos and Don’ts of social distancing. 

Event Changes and Cancellations

Events

March 30th, 2020