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This Merced school district is the first to drop some mask requirements

Merced Union High School District became the first Valley public school system to announce that it was easing its coronavirus health requirements for students, staff, and teachers.

Friday, Merced Union superintendent Alan Peterson announced that the district would remove its mandate that all individuals on campus wear face coverings while outdoors during the school day.

The move came amid a change in local guidance from the Merced County Public Health Department, Peterson noted in a memo.

The move is the first shift in mask rules for the San Joaquin Valley’s school systems since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully-vaccinated Americans would not need to continue to wear masks in or outdoors moving forward.

Merced Union High School District encompasses Livingston High, Atwater High, Buchach High, Golden Valley High, El Capitan High, Merced High, Independence High, Sequoia High, and Merced Adult School.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at