COVID-19 Resources

Menlo’s Response Team has continued to monitor the  COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this page for updates.

 

Isolation and Quarantine Policies as of January 25, 2022

Looking for information on isolation in the event of a positive test, quarantining after exposure, and testing in those scenarios? Please review Menlo’s policies here. If your student tests positive, please contact the Health Office right away for guidance on when and how they can safely return to campus.

The 2021-2022 School Year

The 2021-22 school year began with 100% of our students on campus together participating in all of the programs you know and love, including the arts, athletics, and clubs! 

Due to the decline in COVID case rates in our area, we adapted our health and safety protocols in mid-March to reflect the changing conditions. See the updates below.

Quick Links

Masking and Twice Weekly PCR Testing

As of March 7, all employees and students need to test once per week. Results need to be uploaded by 4:00 pm the day after each test. Please test using the following schedule:

  • Monday: all Middle School students and freshmen
  • Wednesday: all sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Friday: all faculty, staff, and employees

Inspire Diagnostics will continue to provide testing on campus Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Families can still opt to obtain a lab-based PCR test at their preferred local testing location. Questions? Check out our PCR Testing FAQs.

As of Monday, March 14, indoor masking will be optional but strongly encouraged. We will continue to require masking for indoor assemblies through the end of March. Until March 14, masking is still required indoors and encouraged, but not required, outdoors.

We know that members of our community are in different situations with their individual and family health considerations and comfort levels with COVID. We respect those circumstances and encourage you and your family to make a decision based on what works best for you. It’s also paramount that our entire community supports anyone who wishes to continue to wear a mask. Deep empathy and support have been hallmarks of our community from the very first moment we had to close the campus two years ago, and we have every reason to believe that this strength will continue to flourish at Menlo as we move into what we hope are the final phases of this pandemic. 

Large Indoor Gatherings

As of March 7: We will resume indoor assemblies, class meetings, and performances. For the time being, we will continue to eat outdoors. All athletic events are open to spectators as long as they are wearing masks. Please watch eNotes and zipNotes for updates on our arts and other programs.

Campus Visitors

As of January 31, visitors are once again welcome on campus but should check in at the reception area in Stent Family Hall.

Cafeteria

We plan to keep the cafeteria open for picking up lunch; however, students will need to continue eating their lunches outdoors.

Can My Student Opt to Stay Home?

Though we have done everything possible to create a safe and healthy environment for our students, we understand that our families face different circumstances and some may not feel entirely safe sending their students to school during this current surge. Any student who wishes to continue learning from home may do so during this Omicron surge.

On a week-by-week basis, we ask that Upper School families notify the US attendance office at studentlife@menloschool.org and have your student communicate directly with his or her teachers to make a plan for how best to keep with the learning. Middle School families should contact the main office at msattendance@menloschool.org, and Middle School students should check Canvas.

What else can I do to help?

  • Wear your N95 or equivalent. Anytime you are around people outside of your immediate family, these masks will minimize your potential exposure to COVID-19 infection.
  • If you travel, eat indoors at a restaurant, or are around large groups of people, especially in poorly ventilated spaces, take a rapid antigen test the morning before returning to school.

If You Have Symptoms

You should stay home and not come to campus if you are not feeling 100% well and you are exhibiting any of the following common COVID symptoms, regardless of vaccination status: headache, new loss of taste or smell, fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath/congestion/difficulty breathing, runny nose, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, muscle or body aches, diarrhea. This is one of the most important daily steps we can take to keep our campus safe.

Play it very safe when you have symptoms. The winter months often bring sniffles, sore throats, and coughs, and many of us try to push through them in order to come to campus. These days, such symptoms could be signs of infection so please stay home until your symptoms resolve. Contact nurse@menloschool.org for guidance. Your sacrifice could prevent others from getting sick.

Athletics

Visit the Athletics page for details on health and safety policies for student-athletes and spectators. 


Menlo’s Comprehensive Safety Plans


Sharing Your Vaccination Status

If your student is recently vaccinated and you have not uploaded proof of your vaccination yet, we’ve provided two easy ways for you to submit your student’s vaccination card: either email it to nurse@menloschool.org or ask your student to submit it here. If you would like to check your student’s vaccination status as we have it recorded, simply visit this page.

Vaccine Boosters

We encourage you to get boosted. As we have come to learn, vaccination and booster shots provide the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19. The CDC recently approved booster shots for all children 12 and older at least five months after their last shot. We highly recommend that, if you haven’t already done so, you should plan to have your child get the booster shot as soon as they are eligible.

Vaccine Policy

  • Vaccines will be required once they receive “full” FDA approval. 
  • We strongly urge vaccination for all eligible students; a vaccinated community is our best way to protect ourselves and those around us from COVID-19 and gives us the best chance of offering a school year as close to “normal” as possible.
  • You will not be considered fully vaccinated until 14 days after your final vaccine dose. Previous COVID infection or antibody tests are not a substitute for vaccination and will not be accepted for participation in activities for which full vaccination is required. 
  • Now that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has full FDA approval for those 16 and older, we will require vaccination for students 16 years and older. If your student is currently 16, we ask that they be fully vaccinated (defined as being two weeks past their second dose) by October 31, 2021. If your student will turn 16 later this year, we will require that they be fully vaccinated within two months of their 16th birthday. As required by law, we will honor students’ medical exemptions.
  • The FDA issued emergency approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for students ages 5-11 in November, which means Menlo’s youngest students are now eligible to be vaccinated, and we highly encourage them to do so as soon as possible. 
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are now mandatory for all employees, with some medical exceptions. 

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

Menlo Cares

The Menlo Cares Program provides confidential meal support to members of the Menlo School community in the event of a family tragedy, major illness, or loss of an immediate family member. This support continues, modified for health and safety, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about Menlo Cares.