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.
Spring Break and Beyond
We are excited to confirm that the San Mateo County Department of Education and the California Department of Health have approved our plan to have all Menlo students return to campus starting April 19! Please watch this video message from Than Healy to hear more about this exciting opportunity for our students, and read some important logistical information below. We will share more specific details the week of April 12, following Spring Break.
April 12-16: Distance Learning, Seven-Day Quarantine Period for All, and PCR Testing
To ensure that we begin this next iteration as safely as possible, everyone will spend the week of April 12-16 in distance learning.
All students who plan to return to campus on April 19 need to
1) be back in the Bay Area by April 11 to quarantine locally for a full seven days
2) get TWO local PCR tests at least two days apart:
- First test on Monday, April 12-Wednesday, April 14
- Second test at least two days after first, on Wednesday, April 14-Saturday, April 17 (Note: Saturday test results may not be back in time to return Monday morning)
- The Week of April 12, One Medical will be open for testing on campus Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Watch the app for those appointments to open for scheduling on April 9.
- Submit both test results here by Sunday, April 18
3) be free of any symptoms and present a One Medical green badge
April 19 and Beyond: New PCR Testing Requirements
Starting April 19, students coming to campus will need to get TWO PCR tests per week. Students should test as follows:
— Gold Group to test only on both Mondays and Thursdays
— Blue Group to test only on both Tuesdays and Fridays
To accommodate this, One Medical’s on-campus schedule will change to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (closed on Wednesdays) beginning April 12. Please continue scheduling your appointments through the One Medical app; you may also continue to test at other local locations.
A Note About Distancing in Classrooms
For the greatest assurance of safety as we welcome all students back, we are maintaining 6’ of distance between students in our classrooms. While the CDC recently relaxed standards to allow schools to use 3’ of distance when indoors and masked, California and San Mateo County guidelines remain at 6’, and we are bound by those protocols. We will continue to assess the situation and may adopt a different approach as guidelines evolve.
Because some of our classrooms can’t accommodate all students with 6’ of distance between them, students in some classes will take turns learning virtually from outdoor spaces set up on campus. As such, we strongly encourage students to bring headphones to campus each day and dress accordingly. Because we will be relying on outdoor classroom spaces for learning, should rain be forecasted, we may need to revert to distance learning for those days.
Upper School Schedule & Lunch Changes
- Upper School Schedule Changes: Upper School will use the current schedule the week of April 12, and then move to this modified schedule beginning Monday, April 19, which includes an earlier dismissal time at 3:00 pm.
- Upper School Lunch: Students should place their Nutrislice order for the week of April 19 by Monday, April 12. The dining locations and pick-up process will change once all students return. Details will be shared after Spring Break.
- The campus is closed: Once students are on campus, they shouldn’t leave until they depart for the day.
Middle School Schedule & Lunch Changes
Middle School Schedule Changes: With all students back on campus, the Middle School is transitioning back to its regular 7-day rotating block schedule to accommodate our afternoon athletic/PE programs.
- The week of April 12: during remote learning and in preparation for the full return, we will use this modified version of the 7-day block schedule.
- The week of April 19: we will move fully to the 7-day schedule on Monday, April 19, which will be a Day 6.
- NOTE: The Middle School day will begin at 8:20 am with Advocacy check-in and attendance before heading to their first class of the day. The new start time begins April 12, while we are in distance learning.
- On every Day 1 of the schedule, there will be an early dismissal at 2:45 pm; all other days, the Middle School ends at 3:15 pm.
- Students have been introduced to the schedule in their classes this week, and details are outlined in the Middle School virtual planner .
- Middle School Lunch: Students should place their Nutrislice order for the week of April 19 by Monday, April 12. The dining locations and pick-up process will change once all students return. Details will be shared after Spring Break.
Ready to come back to campus? Watch this video and read this checklist with a few tips to keep everyone safe:
Menlo’s Comprehensive Safety Plans
- Menlo School Reopening Safety Plan (January 2021)
- Menlo’s Covid-19 School Guidance Checklist
- Menlo School’s Covid-19 Prevention Program
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.
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.