COVID-19 School Reopening FAQ

  • Menlo Park City School District opened its school year on August 20, 2020 in Distance Learning for all students. However, as health conditions are expected to change frequently, the distict has engaged in planning for various models of providing instruction. It is using guidance from the San Mateo County Office of Education, the San Mateo County Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, and other sources as cited within these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Use the green arrows at the left to navigate to different sections of the FAQ. Each section contains questions related to that section's topic.


    On September 10, 2020 the School Board voted to submit a waiver to the San Mateo County Health Department to return kindergarteners and first graders to campus for in-person instruction with a target opening date of September 28.


    It is important to understand that the situation around COVID-19 changes often; MPCSD will continue to adjust its planning as county and state health guidance changes. It is also possible that at any time during the 2020-21 school year, health orders will require a shift in approach. We remain nimble and responsive. Please join us in having an open and flexible mindset as we move forward. Together we will get through these challenging times.


    Should you not find the answer to your question in this FAQ, please email These FAQs will be regularly updated to reflect the most current information available.