Questions about Staying Informed
This section’s questions address the resources that are available for you to stay informed and engaged throughout this process.
Q: What resources can help me stay informed about MPCSD's reopening guidelines?
A: The following resources are available to you. You may
- Read MPCSD's One Pagers that summarize many of the most important topics in an easy-to-read format. We recommend printing them for easy reference especially if you have a student now attending school in person.
- Watch videos of summer School Board meetings. Videos for all meetings are available under the "Board" header on our website.
- Read the San Mateo County Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities Pandemic Recovery Framework. MPCSD and all San Mateo County school districts will reopen under the guidelines set forth by the The Framework, which is based on Four Pillars: Health & Hygiene, Face Coverings, Physical Distancing, and Limiting Gatherings.
- Watch videos of site-specific Q&A sessions: Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, Hillview
- Watch the Video of Reopening Q&A session held on June 9, 2020. Questions were pre-submitted via a Google survey that was emailed to all parents. The questions asked in the Q&A session were compiled in order to cover all topics/questions that were received.
- Read Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools (from California Department of Education).
- Read COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs (from California Department of Public Health).
- Read the Governor's Framework for In-Person Learning for K-12 Schools in California.
- Use the CDPH Schools Guidance FAQs.
Q: How is the District managing the decision making and communication regarding school reopening?
A: MPCSD’s COVID-19 Response Team includes leads from the following different parts of the organization. The Response Team meets regularly under the direction of Superintendent Burmeister. The team is privy to the latest information from local and state officials.
- School Board
- Site Administration
- Health and Nursing
- Custodial & Transportation Services
- Curriculum & Instruction
- Student Services
- Human Resources
Q: What communications have been sent to parents since the beginning of the pandemic?
A: In March 2021, MPCSD began using ParentSquare to send parent communications regarding COVID. If you are a member of the public and wish information about our parent communications, please email email@example.com.
Q: Who should I contact to get answers to questions that are NOT included in this FAQ or to address my family’s specific needs?
A: If you have general questions not found in this FAQ document, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For specific questions about your family situation or your school site, please contact your principal: Sharon Burns (email@example.com) at Encinal, Linda Creighton (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Laurel, Kristen Gracia (email@example.com) at Oak Knoll, Willy Haug (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Hillview.
Q: How do I provide input or feedback to decision-makers?
A: MPCSD decisions are made by the five elected members of the School Board (email@example.com) upon recommendation from Superintendent Erik Burmeister who is advised by the COVID-19 Planning Team.
To find contact information for the governmental agencies whose guidelines influence MPCSD’s decisions, please see the following websites: