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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information and Updates

March 22, 2020

Please remember that all Hilmar Unified school sites are closed for the next two weeks until April 17th. No one is allowed on campus at this time. All phone calls are being redirected to the District Office (209.667.5701), which is open to assist families during the closure.  Also available is our food services department to ensure students continue to receive meals.  Please drive through the front gate and do not exit your vehicle while our food services staff brings your meal to you. There are traffic cones and signs to guide you. Food Services are available from 10am to 11am.

Remember to practice good hygiene, wash your hands frequently, stay home, and stay safe.  


March 18, 2020

At this time, our district is planning to return on April 20th as currently scheduled.  We will continue to send updates via ParentSquare, Facebook, and on this website.


Additional March 15 update information:

School will open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and instruction will continue as usual.  However, if you do not feel comfortable sending your children to school, please contact the school office and those absences will be marked as “excused”.  We ask that parents remember to check in through the school office if you need to pick up or drop off your child during school hours as we are not allowing visits to the classrooms, including parent volunteers.  When dropping off your children in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon, please do not congregate at the school.  All events and parent meetings will be postponed until after April 20th.


March 15, 2020

Merced County School Communities,

As a precautionary step to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in consultation with Merced County school district leaders and health officials, we are supporting a suspension of school operations in Merced County effective Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 17. By closing effective Thursday, this gives our families time to make arrangements for child care. We plan to reopen on April 20, but that decision will depend on the circumstances at the time.

This is not a decision we take lightly. We know that temporarily closing a school has a tremendous impact on our families. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority, and we have confidence that this is the proper precautionary course for Merced County. We are working with all of our local education agencies to support the continuity of learning and to ensure students have access to healthy meals.

Public health officials recommend that families make arrangements for child care during closure that avoids leaving children with elderly or those with compromised immune systems who are more vulnerable to the impact of the virus. 

This is a dynamic situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. For the latest updates, visit the California Public Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: and for local health updates visit the Merced County Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at:

We also understand that implementing these changes with such limited notice is challenging and disruptive, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. We are grateful to community members throughout Merced County for their tremendous prevention efforts during these challenging times.
Steve Tietjen, Ed.D., Merced County Superintendent of Schools
Sandra Schiber, Ed.D., Atwater Elementary School District 
Bliss Propes, Ballico-Cressey Elementary School District 
Adolfo Melara, Delhi Unified School District 
Justin Miller, Ed.D., Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified School District 
Lori Gonzalez, El Nido Elementary School District 
Bryan Ballenger, Ed.D., Gustine Unified School District 
Isabel Cabral-Johnson, Hilmar Unified School District 
Scott M. Borba, Le Grand Union Elementary School District 
Donna Alley, Le Grand Union High School District 
Andres Zamora, Livingston Union School District 
Mark Marshall, Ed.D., Los Banos Unified School District 
Mike Crass, McSwain Union Elementary School District 
Al Rogers, Ed.D., Merced City School District 
Richard Lopez, Merced River Union Elementary School District 
Alan Peterson, Merced Union High School District 
Kristi Kingston, Plainsburg Union Elementary School District 
Jose Gonzalez, Planada Elementary School District 
Alison Kahl, Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary School District 
John Curry, Weaver Union School District 
Randall Heller, Winton Elementary School District 


March 14, 2020

Please see the link under Quick Links (to the left) labeled MCDPH Letter to School - Guidance 3.14.2020.pdf for the daily update.


March 13, 2020

In partnership with the Merced County Department of Public Health and the Merced County
Office of Education, Hilmar Unified School District continues to closely monitor the novel
coronavirus COVID-19. There are no confirmed cases in Merced County.

Based on advisories shared by the Department of Public Health, Hilmar Unified School District
will remain open to serve our students and families.

Together we are urging our staff, members of the public and school communities to be diligent
in their efforts to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, by following
good hygiene practices.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and conditions may change if there are confirmed
cases of COVID-19 in Merced County. Please prepare your family in the event of a change.

The safety and wellness of our students and community is our top priority.

Thank you,
Isabel Cabral-Johnson


March 12, 2020

The California Department of Public Health has issued new guidance to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19. Effective immediately, and continuing through March 31, 2020:

  • All non-essential gatherings of 250 people or more are postponed or canceled.
  • Gatherings of less than 250 people must allow for social distancing of six feet per person or they must be postponed or canceled.
  • The core instructional day, National School Lunch Program, and after-school program are considered essential.

We understand that families may have questions about what this means for HUSD students and schools.  Those questions should be directed to the administration of their child(ren)'s school.