March 13, 2020
Dear MUSD Families,
The safety and wellness of our students, families, and staff are our highest priorities. Although there are currently no known cases of coronavirus in Mono County, we are aware that the numbers of cases in California are increasing. As a tourist destination, we are especially inviting to national and international visitors which may create an increased risk. In addition, you may be aware that there are a number of school closures occurring across the state, even in areas where there are no confirmed cases.
Out of an abundance of caution and in advance of any COVID-19 cases that could occur, we have decided to CLOSE all MUSD public schools for TWO WEEKS beginning March 16th. As of now, we plan to RE-OPEN school again on March 30th. However, the situation may change. We will reassess the risk to determine if any potential school closures beyond March 30th will be necessary. Mono County Public Health Officer, Dr. Tom Boo, and MCOE Superintendent Stacey Adler have provided guidance for the closure, even though it is in advance of any confirmed cases here in Mono County.
Schools is still in session today, Friday, March 13, 2020 in order to provide students the opportunity to receive direction and gather educational materials from their teachers. Our school staff will work together throughout the closure to attempt to provide ongoing opportunities for learning during this closure to the extent possible. If you have any questions, please see or email your child’s teacher or principal.
Several other districts in California and across the country have made similar decisions today, including Santa Cruz County, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and many districts in other states. While we recognize this may pose challenges and hardship to many families, the most effective way to slow the transmission of this pandemic is by implementing social distancing practices. During the time of the school closure, we ask that students follow recommendations to stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible. While children have not been shown to be a high-risk group, they are still able to transmit the virus to populations who are most vulnerable to serious illness, such as older adults and those with compromised immune systems. Please encourage students to avoid large public gatherings such as stores, movie theaters, and other public spaces, especially those that are indoors.
Please be aware that Husky Club will be closed during the same days as school is closed. School athletics events from March 16-29 will be cancelled. Nutrition services will not be available during the closure. We have cancelled all group events, including public meetings, field trips, student activities, facility requests from outside agencies, athletics games & practices (beginning March 16), and school trips through the end of March as a precaution. Mammoth Unified School Board has a board meeting on April 7th which will be available by Zoom (phone or web link). The link will be available on our website prior to the meeting, and we will provide an email address for public comment remotely.
This is a dynamic situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. If you or a family member are sick and test positive for COVID 19, please let us know. Please also watch the MUSD website at www.mammothusd.org and keep an eye on your email, phones and texts for up to date information. School personnel are ready for questions and support as needed.
Thank you for your support and understanding at this time. We care deeply for our students, staff and families and want to ensure that all remain safe and well.
Jennifer Wildman, Superintendent