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 Pandemic Recovery Framework for travel guidance. The April 6, 2021 version of the PRF states the following:
- All school staff and families should follow the CDPH’s travel advisory (updated April 2, 2021).
- All travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should follow CDC travel guidance (updated April 2, 2021).
- All travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.
- Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19, and can travel safely within the United States and California. They should follow CDC travel guidance, and are not required to test or quarantine before or after travel unless they have symptoms concerning for COVID-19 disease.
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.