Schools & Child Care

School Administrators (ECE, K-12)

  • On July 9, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its updated recommendations for K-12 schools. The following guidance applies CDC’s recommendations to the California context, in order to help K-12 schools formulate and implement plans for safe, successful, and full in-person instruction in the 2021-22 school year. This guidance is effective immediately and will be reviewed regularly by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
  • On August 11, 2021, the state has ordered all schools TK-12 to have vaccination verification and testing for all school employees.
  • Merced County Schools are set to reopen for full in person instruction for the school year 2021-2022. MCOE’s campaign “Ready to Return” provides options for students and families to continue learning in the safest possible environment.
  • The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has distributed an update to their guidance on the transmission and severity of COVID-19. The full document is located here:

Colleges & Universities

  • As of June 15, the state has moved Beyond the Blueprint. Vaccinations are a safe and effective way of preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death, and are the most important resource for keeping campus communities safe. Vaccination is encouraged for all eligible students, faculty, and staff.

Education Professionals

Child Support Assistance

Merced County Office of Edcuation (MCOE) offers child care subsidies and may be able to help you with your childcare payments. Families who are considered part of the “Essential Workforce” and are currently working during the COVID-19 shelter in place order, may be eligible for services. For additional information, refer to the attached documents, call MCOE at (209) 381-6790, or visit

Child Care

MCOE Resources