Phillips Brooks Academy in Menlo Park began in-person instruction on Oct. 19, starting with kindergartners, according to the school's website. Officials plan to have the students rotate through two weeks on campus and one week in distance learning.
Small cohorts of Menlo School students returned to the Atherton campus starting Monday, Oct. 26.
"While this is not ideal in many ways, nothing about the situation we find ourselves in is," said Head of School Than Healy in an Oct. 9 email to parents. "When considering the choice between developing a plan that would be most likely to meet county guidelines and not having any students in school until January at the earliest, we chose to do everything possible to have our students back in any way we could."
Menlo School required all students and staff to show evidence of having a negative PCR COVID test weekly, according to the school's website. The school will be providing on-site testing through OneMedical starting the week of Nov. 2, with two testing days per week. The school also has three contact tracers, who can track down contacts of its community members if they test positive for COVID.
These schools join local public schools in the Las Lomitas, Portola Valley and Menlo Park City school districts which have reopened in recent weeks. Trinity School in Menlo Park reopened at the end of September, according to the school's website.
Meanwhile, the Woodside Elementary School District has committed to finishing the fall semester virtually.
Other public schools on the Peninsula, such as Sequoia Union High School District schools, have remained closed to in-person learning.
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