• New Guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine, Effective Immediately

    As of January 9, 2022 MPCSD follows the updated CDPH requirements for a 5-day isolation period after testing positive, with a negative test (antigen preferred) on day 5 or later, and a 5-day quarantine period for unvaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with a positive case. 

    Unfortunately, due to the high volume of emails regarding positive cases and exposures arriving at the District, we are experiencing a delay in responding to everyone in a timely manner. 

    To help families and staff determine whether they are isolating or quarantining for the correct amount of time, below are samples on how to calculate the 5-day time period. 



    • If you have NO symptoms, use your positive test date to calculate the start of your isolation. DAY 1 starts the day AFTER your positive test date, and you can return to school the day AFTER your 5th day with a negative antigen test result collected day 5 or later.
    • If you have symptoms, DAY1 starts the day after symptom onset, and you can return to school the day AFTER your 5th day with a negative antigen test result collected day 5 or later
    • If you are unable to or choose not to test, then the student may return to school after 10 days of isolation, beginning the day after positive test or symptom onset.


    Students or staff who have been exposed to a positive case need to consider the following information:

    1. Was the exposure a close contact (less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes)? If NO, then there is no need to quarantine.  If YES, then go to #2.
    2. Is the student FULLY vaccinated (2 weeks out from 2nd dose)? 
      • If NO, then the student will need to quarantine for 5 days after the last date of close contact. The student can return to school on or after day 6 if they receive a negative test on or after day 5. If no test, then student must quarantine for 10 days.
      • If YES, the student can go to school as long as they test negative on day 5 after exposure AND they remain asymptomatic. They should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
      • No students may return to school with symptoms that are not resolving or with fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
      • If you are unable to or choose not to test, then the student may return to school after 10 days of quarantine.
    3. Level of exposure risk in the home: if all family members are positive with COVID except for one child in the family, even if that child is fully vaccinated, you will need to consider the likelihood of that child testing positive as well. 


    Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID will be placed on our "No Test" list at school. Once an individual has tested positive, they should not routinely PCR test again for 90 days due to the possibility of receiving false positives. If your student is/was COVID positive, they will not participate in our weekly pool testing until 90 days have passed. It would be helpful to remind your child of this to avoid testing accidentally. If students experience cold or flu-like symptoms during this time and wonder if they should take a COVID test, it is best to check with their healthcare provider to see if a test is indicated.


    Please note: If your child has completed their 10-day isolation period after testing positive, there is no need to test your child again prior to returning to school.


    Health Screening
    To help protect other students and staff from potential exposure, we ask that you keep your child at home whenever they exhibit a new onset of cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, runny nose/congestion, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, sore throat, body aches/fatigue, chills, stomachache, diarrhea, vomiting or new loss of taste or smell. If your child has a chronic condition, and one or more of the symptoms mentioned above are frequently seen, please make sure you provide a doctor’s note to the nurse to keep on file. If no health information is on file for your child, they may be sent home when presenting with the symptoms above. 


    Here is what you need to do if your child exhibits cold or flu-like symptoms: 

    1. Keep your child home and keep all District siblings at home as well unless they are fully vaccinated.
    2. Call the nurse if symptoms may have another cause (i.e., vaccination side effects, pain from an injury, etc.) 
    3. Pick up your child from school if you get a call from the nurse during the school day. Pick up siblings as well, unless they are fully vaccinated. 
    4. GET YOUR CHILD A COVID TEST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Delays in getting tested can result in additional missed school days. 
      • What kind of COVID test should you get? PCR COVID tests are preferred. PCR tests are more accurate and are the gold standard for COVID testing. We will also accept FDA/EUA home antigen tests. We ask that you, (1) read the directions carefully to prevent user/sample collection error, and (2) write the date and your child’s initials on the front of the test. You will need to send a photo of the negative test result to clear your child for return to school. 
      • There are many local options that offer PCR testing (such as Curative.com, Stanford, etc.), and some sites take walk-ups. Average return time for results is 36-48 hours. 
    5. If your child’s test is NEGATIVE: he/she may return to school 24 hours (1 day) after his/her symptoms resolve. 
      • Once the symptomatic child receives a negative test result, siblings may return to school (siblings do NOT need to test unless they are symptomatic). 
    6. If your child’s test is POSITIVE: he/she should isolate at home, separate from others in the household, and email the District Nurse to report the test result and follow the steps above.
    7. If you choose NOT to test your child for COVID: he/she will need to isolate at home for 10 days from when symptoms first started (equal to the isolation time for COVID), AND be fever-free for 24 hours (1 day, without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND be symptom-free for 24 hours. Your child must meet the above criteria before being cleared to return to school. 


    Students at Hillview Middle School are not required to have an ISP, but should instead consult Schoology and their teacher for daily assignments. 


    Please follow up with your school’s site nurse regarding your child’s symptoms and their COVID test results once received. Please keep your child(ren) (and siblings) home until results are reviewed by the nurse and your child(ren) have been cleared to return to school. Please note: If your child returns to school before being cleared, they will be sent home


    Thank you for helping to keep us all safe by following MPCSD guidelines. 


    Enrollment In Pool Testing
    MPCSD partners with Concentric to do weekly pool testing of our students. It's a simple, convenient way to help our campuses stay COVID-free, and results detected through testing have and will prevent spread. See this parent information sheet and this video for more details. To begin testing for a school week, please enroll by Sunday night.

    To opt in, please register and provide digital consents. You will need to do this on TWO platforms, one for pooled testing and one for reflex (PCR) testing. Each will take only a few minutes to complete. Please follow the steps below:

    Step 1: Registration/Consent with Concentric by Ginkgo (Pooled Testing, weekly for all students in the program)

    1. First, click here (https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent). 
    2. For “School or Organization Access Code,” use the code, MENLO-HILL
    3. Follow the prompts to enter your child’s information
    4. Agree to the Consent Form, and you’re done with Step 1!


    Step 2: Registration/Consent with Primary.Health (Reflex Testing, as needed when a pooled result comes back positive)

    1. First, click here (https://my.primary.health/r/menlopark?registration_type=student). 
    2. Follow the prompts to enter your child’s information. Enter the questions as they pertain to your child. You will have a chance to consent on their behalf at the end of the process.
    3. For “Location,” select Hillview
    4. ELC parents should select Laurel Lower Campus or Oak Knoll, as appropriate
    5. Ignore the “before you go” button on the confirmation page


    Note: If you need to provide consent for more than one child, please re-start by clicking the links again and completing the entire process for each child on both platforms.


    Confirm Student Vaccination
    If you have not yet submitted your student's vacination card, please take a minute to confirm your child's vaccination status as it will help assist with: contact tracing, quarantining management, and data analysis for the Board, community and SMC Health Department. To confirm:


    1. Send an email to vaccine@mpcsd.org for each child in your family who is vaccinated
    2. Email subject should be the student's LAST NAME, FIRST NAME
    3. Attach a photo/screenshot of the vaccination card in the email and send.