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Reopening UpdaTE

Find district information and view all Superintendent updates here.

For more information about Sandpiper's specific plan, please see the DRAFT Sandpiper reopening plan

You can also view the recording of the Reopening Town Hall Meeting and the Slideshow.

The BRSSD Board of Trustees and staff continue to engage in thoughtful and informed conversation regarding the reopening of Belmont-Redwood Shores schools for in-person hybrid learning. While there is no doubt that we all want to return to the classroom in a traditional format, we must decide, given the reality of COVID-19, when it is the appropriate time to do so.

As part of our gradual reopening plan, we anticipate that we will be able to offer a full distance learning pathway (daily live instruction, 100% remote with a balance of synchronous and asynchronous learning) and a hybrid option. BRSSD will pursue an AM / PM model for hybrid learning in January. The AM / PM schedule allows for daily engagement with teachers and limits the amount of asynchronous instruction. This model eliminates challenging supervision times such as recess and lunch. With our current sanitizers, we will be able to sanitize between cohorts.

When we make the shift to this offering, it will require significant transition and student reassignment. Because of the significance of this shift, the opportunity to make changes will be challenging. When we reopen with an in-person learning option, families will be required to declare their choice for the remainder of the year or until we resume full time, in-person instruction for all students, every day (classrooms of 25-30). You will receive your commitment survey on November 23 and must complete it by December 4. Please complete it as soon as possible to help us plan.

We are planning on welcoming students in the hybrid model back to campus on January 19th given we are in the yellow or orange tier. There will be a phased in reopening starting with our youngest students.

Weekly NewsletteR

November 18, 2020

Dear Sandpiper Families,

Happy Thanksgiving

Everyone at Sandpiper and BRSSD wishes all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you will be able to spend a safe and meaningful holiday with your loved ones whether in person or virtual. We hope you have much to be thankful for. We are thankful for you and the special gifts of time, generosity, and good cheer you bring.

AM/PM Hybrid Model Please note, the approach to return is still a phased approach, bringing back certain grade levels at a time. This will allow for us to learn from our experiences and scale up safely. The AM/PM model and more will be discussed at our Community Town Hall this evening at 6:00. I hope to see you there. The link is below.

In partnership,

Gloria Higgins

Principal, Sandpiper School

Past Newsletters

November 19, 2020

November 12, 2020

November 4, 2020

October 28, 2020

October 21, 2020

October 14, 2020

October 7, 2020

September 30, 2020

September 23, 2020

September 16, 2020

September 9, 2020

September 2, 2020

August 26, 2020


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Welcome to Sandpiper School!

Sandpiper School is a high achieving school located on the peninsula in Redwood Shores, south of San Francisco and east of Highway 101. It is one of seven schools in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. Sandpiper opened in 1997 with just 5 classrooms! We now serve over 640 students across 25 classrooms in grades TK-8. Sandpiper is a wonderful community of staff, students and parents that work together for the success of all children. The Sandpiper sense of community and commitment to succeed are characteristics of our school. Sandpiper provides an environment where children are intellectually challenged in ways appropriate to their individual strengths, needs, and experiences. We strive to develop thriving individuals, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners who will actively participate in their local and global communities.

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