Mono County Health Officer Orders the Temporary Closure of In-Person Instruction and Indoor Activities Within Mammoth Unified School District Schools

 

Effective Monday, January 10, 2022, Dr. Caryn K. Slack, Mono County Local Health Officer, has ordered the temporary closure of in-person instruction and indoor activities within the Mammoth Unified School District’s (MUSD) Mammoth High School, Mammoth Middle School, Mammoth Elementary School, Sierra High School, Husky Club, Mono County Office of Education’s Inclusive Preschool on the campus of Mammoth Elementary School, and Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action Mammoth Head Start Preschool.  This closure is in response to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases, and the resulting impacts on staffing and resources upon local schools.

MUSD facilities will be closed for in-person instruction and indoor activities beginning at 12:01am on Monday, January 10, 2022, and may re-open for in-person instruction and indoor activities as of 11:59 pm on January 28, 2022. This Order does not apply to school-related activities that are conducted outdoors.

“This Order is intended to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 in the schools, thereby slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the community and throughout the County,” stated Dr. Slack. “We are experiencing an unprecedented number of cases in Mono County, and with the high volume of students and staff who have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19, and the lack of staff now available to ensure compliance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) protocol for safe schools, including the testing and monitoring of individuals under modified quarantine, make it unsafe for the school to remain open at this time.”

CDPH issued Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California for the 2021-22 school year, on the foundational principle that all students must have access to safe and full in-person instruction and to as much instructional time as possible. At present, approximately 23% of students and 19% of staff are unable to be physically present within MUSD schools due to illness or quarantine. This drastic shortage of staff restricts the ability of MUSD to ensure compliance with CDPH guidelines. Mono County and MUSD consulted with CDPH on this closure.

For those who need to test, both OptumServe and Mono County Public Health provide COVID-19 testing clinics in Mono County (pending weather-related issues). OptumServe offers testing most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11am – 7pm in Mammoth Lakes.

Mono County Public Health offers testing in other locations throughout the county at various times throughout the week. While both OptumServe and Mono County Public Health accept walk-ins at their COVID-19 testing clinics, pre-registration is strongly encouraged as walk-ins will only be accommodated pending resource availability. Mono County Public Health will be adding pop-up testing clinics as additional resources become available.

The COVID-19 testing schedule for January can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.monocounty.ca.gov/pages/health.

 

 

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Rim 2 Rim.
Rim 2 Rim.
7 days ago

Close down the schools but leave open all the hotels,restaurants, ski area. Lol.
Make perfect sense.
You people are afraid of your own shadows…

Listens to scientists
Listens to scientists
8 days ago

Thanks for keeping teachers and children safe!

Rim 2 Rim.
Rim 2 Rim.
4 hours ago

See You at Vons or one of the local restaurants where I won’t be wearing a Mask…
Halloween is over

Tinner
Tinner
8 days ago

Literally everything else is wide open, to include our southern border and the ski resort, but our schools are closed.
Something just ain’t adding up.

Alice
Alice
7 days ago
Reply to  Tinner

Sick teachers don’t tend to have much impact on the southern border or ski lifts

Tinner
Tinner
7 days ago
Reply to  Alice

Neither do sick grocery store workers but they’re still at work, and for far less compensation.

mono resident
mono resident
7 days ago
Reply to  Tinner

A quick comparison shows grocery checkers getting $15.00/hr. A 40 hr week x 52 weeks = $31,200/yr. A teacher in Mono County can take $5,000 – $10,000 off that amount.

Do you actually do ANY research?

Tinner
Tinner
6 days ago
Reply to  mono resident

Grocery store workers make more money than school teachers, are you gonna stick with that one?

Tinner
Tinner
6 days ago
Reply to  mono resident

You’re aware that minimum wage is $15 as of the first of this year, right?
“Do YOU actually do any research?”

Mono Person
Mono Person
6 days ago
Reply to  mono resident

I do not know of ANY accredited Mono County teacher making that less.

David Dennison
David Dennison
7 days ago
Reply to  Tinner

Tinner Things aren’t “wide-open” anywhere. It’s just some people and most business’ are ignoring the rules,and then whining about those that do. And PLEASE ,quit with the racial over-tones ,including the Southern border with just about everything you say. It makes you look like a fool,angry and sitting at home… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
7 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Go walk through The Village or Vons in Mammoth next Saturday night, or try to walk (in a crosswalk) across 395 on Friday night or on Sunday morning, things ARE wide open, not sure what world you’re living in. The border is not a race, regardless of what the ladies… Read more »

Vaguely
Vaguely
6 days ago
Reply to  Tinner

Tinner the answer to all your questions is the same. Yes. They like feeling morally superior even as they are guilty of latent racism for assuming minorities are incapable of producing an ID to vote. This is why they need to be crusaders against people like you who point out… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
6 days ago
Reply to  Tinner

All 3 places you’d NEVER catch me at or in.
Not at Vons in Mammoth.
Not trying to cross HWY 395 on foot on weekends.
And CERTAINLY not the Village at MM on the weekends or any other day or night.

mono resident
mono resident
7 days ago
Reply to  Tinner

School is still in session. If this doesn’t “add up” for you may I suggest some remedial math?

Vaguely
Vaguely
6 days ago
Reply to  mono resident

School is not in session except over a computer – which hardly qualifies for “in session”. The Biden administration agrees. Remedial reading?

Tinner
Tinner
6 days ago
Reply to  mono resident

Mammoth kids are not IN school, distance learning is not at all the same thing as in-person instruction for many kids. The kids who are losing the most in this deal are the kids who need in-person instruction the most and they are falling behind, not just in school but… Read more »

Dan
Dan
8 days ago

Some people are too dumb to come in out of the rain. Finding it harder and harder to mourn the deaths of the willfully unvaccinated.

Rim 2 Rim.
Rim 2 Rim.
7 days ago
Reply to  Dan

I know 2 people that died with the vax and the extra jab.

Charles James
Charles James
6 days ago
Reply to  Rim 2 Rim.

What you are describing is “extremely rare” according to the latest study from the CDC released yesterday: Latest data released by the US infectious disease agency found that severe illness and death from COVID were extremely rare in vaccinated people: Among 1,228,664 fully vaccinated people across the US, 185 (0.015%)… Read more »

Sami
Sami
6 days ago
Reply to  Charles James

Rim “knows” two people from hearing about them on Joe Rogan’s show.

Dan
Dan
6 days ago
Reply to  Rim 2 Rim.

Yes. That’s how it works. Remember the whole “Vaccines are like 95% effective” thing? Pretty sure no one sane has ever said “The vax makes you immortal”. Just like no one sane has ever said “the vax is a hoax”. The vast, VAST majority of deaths are from unvaccinated people.… Read more »

Don
Don
7 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Not interested in your feelings. My body my choice.

Sami
Sami
6 days ago
Reply to  Don

This makes as much sense as saying “My car, my choice” about going 120mph down the highway.

Many Moons Local
Many Moons Local
8 days ago

It’s the right thing to do even though it causes challenges, ignore the selfish thoughtless ones limited to go beyond their own mental processes of reality.

Moliminous
Moliminous
8 days ago

Decisions have consequences. For every day they fail to provide face-to-face schooling, they should refund $742,000 to the taxpayers of Mono County

Fat Cat Bureaucrat
Fat Cat Bureaucrat
7 days ago
Reply to  Moliminous

Oh that’s a good long term strategy – because that money isn’t needed to pay teachers who are still teaching, administrators who will still be making sure the school functions, or other ongoing maintenance and operations costs…. All that money just goes to one fat cat bureaucrat getting rich on… Read more »

Bozo Clown
Bozo Clown
8 days ago

Another liberal over reacting…

Alice
Alice
8 days ago
Reply to  Bozo Clown

a) pretty sure it was a health and safety decision not a political or ideological decision
b) don’t look now, but feeling entitled to a public school education is a pretty liberal position…

Dan
Dan
7 days ago
Reply to  Alice

Free public education of children is actually one of Marx’s Ten Planks in the Communist Manifesto. 😀

Charles James
Charles James
6 days ago
Reply to  Dan

The Ten Planks of Communism was originally conceived in or about 1848 by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles. Two hundred and thirteen years before that, in early 17th Century America, public education was established (around 1635) started by immigrants who founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Do the math: The idea… Read more »

Sami
Sami
6 days ago
Reply to  Charles James

The point is that reactionaries hasten to call any new public service “communism” while demanding that existing services are foundational and access to them is an inalienable right.

Rim 2 Rim.
Rim 2 Rim.
7 days ago
Reply to  Bozo Clown

So true..

Rim 2 Rim.
Rim 2 Rim.
8 days ago

Here we go again. What have we learned over the last 2 years….Nothing

mono resident
mono resident
7 days ago
Reply to  Rim 2 Rim.

Have you ever learned anything? Ever?

Vaguely
Vaguely
6 days ago
Reply to  mono resident

Possibly not. He’s a product of government schools.

Vaguely
Vaguely
8 days ago

Judicious choice. These closures have done nothing to stop the spread, but keep pounding them. You never know if someday they might work.