What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. In rare cases, animal coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. This novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The source of this virus is not yet known.
What are the symptoms?
Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:
- Shortness of breath
In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness.
What can the public do to limit the spread?
The California Department of Public Health recommends the following steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
- Washing hands with soap and water.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
- Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
Public Communications Timeline
7/23 - MUHSD Announces All Students Will Learn Online For Entire First Semester
7/20 - CIF pushes start of fall sports to December/January and releases updated sports calendar
7/17 - Governor Newsom provides further guidance for the reopening of schools stating counties on the watch list may not open schools until they have been off of the watch list for 14 days straight.
7/15 - Parent Survey sent out
7/10 - Merced County Dept. of Public Health orders all youth sports and extracurriculars to be suspended
7/10 - First “Coffee with the Supt.” Facebook Live update
6/24 - Supt. Peterson shares memo detailing the A/B schedule students reopening of schools
6/22 - Summer workouts begin
6/19 - Supt. Peteronson holds Facebook Live update
6/17 - Special Board Meeting
6/12 - CIF releases statement regarding the return of physical activity and training
6/11 - Merced County Fairgrounds holds Virtual Livestock Auction for FFA students
6/10 - Regular Board Meeting
6/5 - Summer Meal Program begins
5/29 - Supt Peterson and Dr. Scott Weimer discuss plans to reopen schools in the fall on district podcast
5/27 - Special Board meeting
5/18 - Supt. Peterson addresses seniors regarding the plan for graduation
5/9 - Regular Board Meeting
4/28 - Special Board Meeting
4/23 - Scott Wine discusses the impact of COVID and the future of athletic programs at MUHSD on district podcast
4/23 - Supt. Peterson holds Facebook Live update
4/20 - Distance Learning begins
4/13 - Announcement that school buses will be utilized as WiFi hotspots around the county
4/10 - Athletic fields across the district are lit up for the Class of 2020 this and every Friday night at 20:20 (8:20 pm) throughout the closure
4/9 - Supt Peterson discusses distance learning on district podcast
4/8 - Regular Board Meeting
4/3 - Supt Peterson answers questions regarding extension of school closures and distance learning via Facebook Live session
4/3 - AP online exam schedule is posted
4/1 - Based on guidance from the county and state, MUHSD announces that the school closure will last until the end of the school year
3/30 - Supt Peterson and Asst. Supt. Dr. Constantino Aguilar discuss plans for the remainder of the school year on district’s podcast
3/27 - Supt Peterson’s latest memo provides updated timeline for the remainder of the school year which includes an abbreviated 4th quarter and the possibility of switching to Distance Learning is the school closures are extended
3/19 - Free Meal Program begins for all students in the community
3/19 - Beginning of temporary school closure
3/17 - Supt. Peterson discusses the upcoming school closures on district podcast
3/17 - Supt. Peterson issues memo regarding temporary school closure plans
3/15 - MUHSD announces temporary school closures from 3/19 - 4/17
3/13 - MUHSD and MCOE issue joint statement regarding schools remaining open
3/13 - Supt. Peterson issue memo regarding schools remaining open
3/12 - Supt Peterson issues memo regarding the suspension of school activities, events and field trips through Spring Break
3/11 - Regular Board Meeting
3/11 - Supt. Peterson issues memo regarding suspension of MedTech student visits to healthcare facilities and travel restrictions from counties with confirmed “community transmission”.
3/9 - Supt. Peterson issues memo regarding the restriction of travel to counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases via “community transmission”.
3/7 - CA Dept of Public Health releases guidance for schools
3/5 - Supt Peterson issues memo regarding precautionary measures to prevent contraction/spread of COVID-19
3/1 - COVID-19 information/resource page added to MUHSD website
2/28 - Merced County issue health advisory for schools and parents
2/27 - MUHSD Issues Health Advisory To Parents