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Flu and Coronavirus Information

Southern Humboldt Unified School District is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus to provide you with advice and guidance, and communicate information as necessary. We are still advising parents, as we always do, do not send your child to school if they may be sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff. If you, your child, or family recently traveled to or from China, we also ask that you take extra precautions and seek a medical evaluation from your doctor before returning to school.


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For up-to-date information regarding the novel coronavirus, see:

This page is a resource for parents and school administrators regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As long as we are able, updates and school closure information will be posted here. Official communication from HCOE can be found on its FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages.



SHUSD Updates. Last Updated March 13, 2020

Date Posted Announcement Agency
3/20/20 Weekly Update to Southern Humboldt Families  SHUSD
3/17/20 SHUSD Press Release Regarding Food Distribution SHUSD
3/15/20 Notice of District Closure March 16-March 27 SHUSD
3/13/20 Supterintendent Boyd to SHUSD Families  SHUSD
2/28/20 Supterintendent Boyd to SHUSD Families  SHUSD


HCOE Daily Updates. Last Updated March 17,2020

Date Posted Announcement Agency
3/20/20 Governor’s March 17, 2020 Executive Order N-29-20 Further Revising Teleconferencing of Board Meetings SCLS
3/18/20 Guidance from California Department of Education CDE
3/18/20 Senate Bill No. 117 Education finance: average daily attendance and timeline waivers: protective equipment and cleaning appropriation California Legislative Information
3/18/20 CDE Guidance – Distance Learning, Schools Meals and Child Care and Student Supervision CDE
3/17/20 Suddenlink offers Altice Advantage broadband free for 60 days to K-12  and/or college students. Suddenlink
3/16/20 Governor Executive Order N-262- and Related Issues SCLS
3/15/20 Press Release COVID-19 School Closures HCOE
3/13/2020 Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Ensuring State Funding for Schools Even in Event of Physical Closure Governor’s Office
03/13/2020 Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Teleconferencing of Board Meetings; and Emergency Meeting Requirements under the Brown Act SCLS
03/13/2020 Quarantine and Issues Related to COVID-19 SCLS
3/13/2020 Serving Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 Outbreak SCLS
3/13/2020 Question And Answers On Providing Services To Children With Disabilities CDC
3/13/2020 State Testing, Resources and Information CDE & Federal Government
3/13/2020 Considerations for School Closure CDC
3/13/2020 Press Release HCOE
3/12/2020 State Health & Emergency Official Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts CDPH
3/12/2020 Guidance for schools (PDF) CDPH
3/12/2020 COVID-19 Scenarios and J13A and IS Table (PDF) CDE
3/10/2020 Directrices para las escuelas sobre el nuevo coronavirus o COVID-19 (PDF) CDPH


For general information about the Novel Coronavirus (a new virus) that causes respiratory illness, see the Coronavirus FAQ on the Public Health website. The California Department of Public Health website and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website have general information about Coronavirus, including FAQ handouts.

Novel coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Humboldt County (1 case). Despite this case, there is no immediate threat to the general public, no special precautions are required, and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel if they do not have symptoms of respiratory illness. Humbodlt County residents, students, workers, and visitors should continue to engage in their regular activities and practice good public health hygiene as this is the height of flu season across the County. The risk from the novel coronavirus to spread in Humboldt County residents is deemed to be low at this time.

Information for schools:

  • Students should not be excluded from school or any activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel (including travel to Wuhan City, China).

  • Students with travel to Wuhan City, China should only be excluded if they have symptoms of respiratory illness (see below).

  • Students and staff should not wear masks to protect themselves. Masks are not an effective method of general prevention. LA County Public Health does not recommend the use of masks for general prevention. Handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

  • Schools can play an important role to educate students, parents, and staff by providing factual information on coronavirus. See FAQ handouts – available in English, Chinese, and Spanish.