Questions about Travel,Substitute Teachers, Student Absences & New Student Enrollment

  • Q: How will MPCSD handle substitute teachers to limit exposure to the greatest degree possible?

    A: MPCSD will prioritize substitutes from its internal sub pool, over substitutes from outside companies. All substitutes will adhere to the face covering and physical distancing requirements. All substitutes will receive training in district health and safety procedures. Careful records will be kept around which cohorts each substitute has had contact with.


    Q: How will new students be added to the existing cohorts?

    A: MPCSD has an obligation to educate all students who live within its boundaries, starting at whatever time a student moves in. Every effort will be made to integrate a student into in-person learning in the safest, most supportive way possible. Principals will take the lead on ensuring this can occur. New enrolling families may also have the option to choose 100% distance learning.


    Q: How will MPCSD handle family/staff travel? 

    A: Schools cannot limit or control the travel of any family; travel restrictions are the responsibility of the state and federal governments. However, MPCSD will take the proper and legal precautions to ensure the health and safety of its students and staff. MPCSD will refer to the San Mateo County Health travel guidelinesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention travel guidelines, and the California Department of Public Health travel guidelines. It is recommended that if you travel outside the Bay Area that you quarantine 14 days upon return (see the PRF, pages 78-82, for updated travel guidelines). Travel will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, based on participation in high risk activity. Please consult your school nurse if you have specific questions and concerns. Regardless of where you travel, monitor your symptoms for 14 days upon your return.

    Students who will be absent for a planned reason must request an Independent Study Plan (ISP). ISPs are available for a maximum absence of 10 days. Parents should request an ISP from the school office 5 days prior to the planned absence.