MUHSD Board Approves Updated Return To School Plan
Atwater, CA (October 5, 2020) – At a Special Board Meeting held on Friday, the Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) Board of Trustees approved an updated plan that would allow students to begin transitioning to in-person instruction November 2. The decision comes in light of new data from the Merced County Department of Public Health (MDPH) that showed an improvement in the county’s COVID-19 outlook.
On September 29, Merced County’s COVID-19 numbers began meeting the criteria needed to move from the purple tier to the red tier in the state’s system of assessing COVID-19 risk. If the numbers hold or continue to improve over the next two weeks, the county will officially move into the red tier allowing schools to reopen under MDPH guidelines.
“Everyone agrees that students need to be back in schools and MUHSD has always been committed to resuming in-person instruction when it is safe to do so,” said MUHSD Superintendent Alan Peterson. “We have followed the guidelines that have been set forth throughout this entire ordeal, and we are excited to be able to finally begin transitioning back to in-person learning next month.”
Families will be given the option to remain on Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year if they prefer and staff members with health concerns will be able to continue teaching from home. Students that return to in-person instruction will be on a modified schedule, attending classes every other day or with two days between school visits, depending on the social distancing guidelines at the time.