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Wednesday: Panel discussion on public schools and COVID-19

A panel discussion streaming on Zoom will be held tomorrow night, May 20, at 7 p.m., under the title, "Local Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic."

The virtual event will feature three superintendents from school districts serving Menlo Park, along with City Councilman Ray Mueller, according to a statement.

With Mueller leading the discussion, the panel will explore how the coronavirus crisis, which caused schools across California to close back in mid-March, has affected the Menlo Park, Woodside Elementary and Sequoia Union school districts over the past two months. The topics to be discussed are the challenges of transitioning to online learning, how COVID-19 has impacted school funding, and what schools are doing to prepare for next school year, among others.

Mueller also confirmed that he will be asking the panel: "What factors are the districts tracking now that affect what next year might look like?", "What are the opportunities for schools in our present circumstance?" and "How can the city support our schools during (this) time period?"

The panel will be made up of Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister, Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito, and Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent Mary Streshly.

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Wednesday: Panel discussion on public schools and COVID-19

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Uploaded: Tue, May 19, 2020, 11:56 am

A panel discussion streaming on Zoom will be held tomorrow night, May 20, at 7 p.m., under the title, "Local Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic."

The virtual event will feature three superintendents from school districts serving Menlo Park, along with City Councilman Ray Mueller, according to a statement.

With Mueller leading the discussion, the panel will explore how the coronavirus crisis, which caused schools across California to close back in mid-March, has affected the Menlo Park, Woodside Elementary and Sequoia Union school districts over the past two months. The topics to be discussed are the challenges of transitioning to online learning, how COVID-19 has impacted school funding, and what schools are doing to prepare for next school year, among others.

Mueller also confirmed that he will be asking the panel: "What factors are the districts tracking now that affect what next year might look like?", "What are the opportunities for schools in our present circumstance?" and "How can the city support our schools during (this) time period?"

The panel will be made up of Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister, Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito, and Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent Mary Streshly.

Members of the public can watch the live discussion on Zoom, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Ray Mueller
Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 19, 2020 at 12:27 pm
Ray Mueller, Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 19, 2020 at 12:27 pm
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Though not mentioned in the article, the panel participants are public schools serving Menlo Park City Council District 5, my the City Council District I reside in.


Ray Mueller
Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 19, 2020 at 12:38 pm
Ray Mueller, Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 19, 2020 at 12:38 pm
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Also, I believe the author meant to say Superintendent Dr. Beth Polito from the Las Lomitas Elementary School District, not the Woodside Elementary School District. Looking forward to speaking with those who can attend.


Concerned
another community
on May 20, 2020 at 8:36 am
Concerned, another community
on May 20, 2020 at 8:36 am
6 people like this

Why isn’t Ravenwood or Redwood City school district in this meeting? Yet again the disenfranchised are not invited to the party.


Ray Mueller
Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 20, 2020 at 8:50 am
Ray Mueller, Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 20, 2020 at 8:50 am
5 people like this

@concerned, the panel participants are public schools serving Menlo Park City Council District 5, the City Council District I reside in. Ravenswood School District is in District 1, which the Mayor, Cecilia Taylor serves. She was on a panel with the Superintendent of the Ravenswood District in the impacts of Covid-19 on April 30th.


Gary
Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 20, 2020 at 7:20 pm
Gary, Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 20, 2020 at 7:20 pm
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Looks like the meeting is capped at 100 participants. Can you provide a link to the recording?

Thanks.


Ray Mueller
Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 20, 2020 at 9:01 pm
Ray Mueller, Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 20, 2020 at 9:01 pm
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The meeting was recorded. I will be posting it soon.


Ray Mueller
Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 20, 2020 at 10:47 pm
Ray Mueller, Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 20, 2020 at 10:47 pm
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For those who missed this evening's panel discussion, please feel free to view the recording on YouTube.

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