10 Merced County schools get waiver from county, state to hold in-person classes


MERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Ten public and private schools were granted waivers from Merced County and state health officials to reopen for in-person classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least two more schools are waiting on waiver approval, officials say.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) developed the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework (PDF) to support school communities as they decide when and how to implement in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year.

For a full list of the process for reopening in-person learning elementary education waiver click here.

List of schools approved to reopen with precautions:


  • Los Banos Adventist Christian School
  • St. Paul Lutheran School
  • Our Lady of Fatima School
  • Our Lady of Mercy School
  • St. Anthony School


  • El Nido Elementary
  • Le Grand Union Elementary School
  • Plainsburg Union Elementary School
  • Snelling Merced Falls School
  • Merced River School

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