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.
Moving to Hybrid Learning
Menlo received approval from San Mateo County to move to hybrid learning. Starting October 26, small cohorts of students return to campus starting as part of a phased-in approach. For phase I, students will be placed in four cohorts: Blue A, Blue B, Gold A, and Gold B. From October 26 through November 20, each cohort will spend one week in on-campus learning prior to Thanksgiving break, which will run the entire week of November 23-27 this year. We will return to distance learning after Thanksgiving until January 18. View the email announcement from Than Healy here and the plan details here.
Hybrid Calendar and Schedules
- Week of October 26 - Hybrid (Gold Group A)
- Week of November 2 - Hybrid (Blue Group A)
- Week of November 9 - Hybrid (Gold Group B)
- Week of November 16 - Hybrid (Blue Group B)
- Week of November 23 - Thanksgiving break (No classes the entire week)
- Week of November 30 - distance learning (quarantine)
- Week of December 7 - distance learning (quarantine)
- Week of December 14 - distance learning + US exams/MS parent conferences (December holiday break begins Dec. 18)
- Week of December 21 - Holiday break
- Week of December 28 - Holiday break
- Week of January 4 - Distance learning (quarantine)
- Week of January 11 - Distance learning (quarantine)
For hybrid learning weeks, the Middle School will follow this schedule and then return to this distance learning schedule for distance learning weeks. The Upper School will use this schedule for both distance and hybrid learning weeks.
Ready to come back to campus? Watch this video and read this checklist with a few tips to keep everyone safe:
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 began on August 31 with a distance learning format (see the announcement here ). 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 throughout the school year.
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.