Information for Parents & Guardians

COVID-19 is still spreading throughout California, which means it is still a threat to your health. We care about you and your family’s health. We have worked with our state, local and federal partners to give you the best information we have.


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The 2020-2021 school year has certainly started differently than any of us in education could have imagined.  Madera County COVID-19 numbers have begun to show signs of improvement, and we are anxiously awaiting the time to safely bring students back to our campuses. One way to make your child’s transition easier is by mastering some new skills before we return to our school buildings. Below is a 4-week challenge to practice some new behaviors at home as a family to set your child up for success. These activities are intended for our younger students (preschool-2nd grade), but can be practiced by anyone. Topics will be added weekly.

  • Week 1: Hand Hygiene
  • Week 2: Wearing a Face Covering
  • Week 3: Social Distancing
  • Week 4: Daily Symptom Check

For the most up-to-date list of symptoms, visit the Center for Disease Control website

What steps can I take to prevent my students from getting COVID-19?

You can talk with your student about taking everyday steps to prevent getting sick:

  1. Help them wash their hands often.
  2. Help them avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your own home.
  3. Remind them to stay 6 feet apart from other people.
  4. Cover mouth and nose with a face mask when they are around others
  5. Teach your students to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  6. Help monitor their health – look for symptoms and take their temperature daily.
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Seek medical care immediately if someone has emergency warning signs of COVID-19

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
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This Madera Unified Community Compact acknowledges our guarantee to all stakeholders — students, staff, parents, community partners, taxpayers, leadership, and trustees — that during this time of crisis we uphold the responsibility to meet the needs of our students by providing meals, social-emotional support, and continuous learning opportunities. All means will be developed to ensure we are supporting our staff while uncovering the essential needs of our student community. The MUSD Governing Board believes in compassion & understanding while providing fair and equitable opportunities to empower students and their families to continue to engage in learning activities. During these ever-changing times, the MUSD Governing Board and MUSD Staff believe in serving the community with vital ongoing communication and support while extending kindness and respect for all families encountering these current circumstances. 

Parent Square


Madera Unified School District uses ParentSquare for school communication, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified. 

Here’s what you can do with ParentSquare:

  • Receive messages from the school via email, text or app notification
  • Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once at 6pm daily
  • Communicate in your preferred language
  • Comment on school postings to engage in your school community
  • Direct message teachers, staff and other parents
  • Participate in group messages
  • Sign up for parent-teacher conferences with smart online technology
  • Send payments, sign forms & permission slips, receive report cards, sign up to volunteer and more all from your phone or web portal


We promise to only send you information closely related to school. You can opt-out at any time. See this document — School Communication Opt-Out Form — for more information about opting-out from our communications.

Parents can also access the ParentSquare Communication tool through their Aeries Parent Portal apps. If parents choose to download the ParentSquare app they must sign in with the same email they have listed in Aeries.

Download the StudentSquare Mobile App

Download our FREE StudentSquare app for iOS or Android. This is the easiest way for Students to receive all Posts, Events, Sign Up Requests, Photos, and Files. Students can enable text notifications when a message is posted.  

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  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
    • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
    • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. The most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop. 


The mission of Maintenance & Operations is to provide a clean and safe environment for students, staff, and visitors while maintaining facilities at the highest standard possible.

Cleaning involves the daily removal of dirt, dust, debris, and sticky substances by washing, wiping, scrubbing, or mopping hard surfaces with soap and detergent and water.

  • Dust, wet-mopping or auto-scrubbing floors
  • Vacuuming entryways and high traffic areas.
  • Removing trash
  • Cleaning restrooms
  • Wiping heat and air conditioning vents
  • Spot cleaning carpets
  • Dusting horizontal surfaces and light fixtures
  • Cleaning spills

Daily disinfecting will destroy almost all germs that could make a person sick. An EPA registered disinfectant or diluted household bleach solution will be used on the appropriate high contact surface.

  • Desks and chairs
  • Drinking fountains
  • Cafeteria tables and chairs
  • Door handles and push bars
  • Handrails
  • Classroom and restroom faucets
  • Light switches
  • Handles on equipment

Disinfecting foggers and/or disinfecting UV lights will be used nightly on all campuses and facilities. Disinfecting spray bottles and paper towels will be in all classrooms, locker rooms, offices, and the cafeteria for staff use. All antimicrobial soap and paper towel dispensers throughout campus will be checked and stocked regularly.

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  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Colds
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Traveled to other countries in the past 14 days
  • Exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 patient
  • Traveled to, reside, or work in local areas with reported COVID-19 cases
  • Exposure to a person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19
  • If young (<60 years old), with no other illnesses and mild symptoms: Conduct home quarantine.
  • If elderly (>60 years old), with other illnesses and/or severe symptoms: Proceed to the Emergency Room for assessment
  • Conduct home quarantine for 14 days and monitor symptoms.
  • Should symptoms start to develop, proceed to the Emergency room for assessment.
  • Manage symptoms accordingly. Proceed to the Emergency Room for assessment.