MUHSD school nurses are working closely with Merced County Department of Public Health (MDPH) who are, in turn, working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and monitoring the situation. The group is also establishing protocols for schools in the event that Coronavirus does spread in Merced County. More information will be shared as this plan develops.
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
7/20 - 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
3/11 - Regular Board Meeting
3/1 - COVID-19 information/resource page added to MUHSD website