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MJC Helps New Students Succeed with Remote Learning

Modesto, CA, July 22, 2020 – Modesto Junior College will host New Student Week, a virtual event for newly graduated high school and new students experience college success at MJC. The virtual event takes place from Monday August 3 to August 6. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, July 31st.


Students who sign up will have the opportunity to attend virtual workshops, over the course of the 4-day virtual event on the following:


 College 101

 Careers

 Student Involvement

 Application

 PiratesNet

 Student Email

 Educational Planning

 Registration


Angelica Guzman, Director of Admissions and Records in the Department of Enrollment Services added:

“We are very proud to provide educational continuity for newly graduated and new students, especially during these challenging times. Due to the Fall semester at MJC being remote, we have put together workshops that will help students, planning to register, succeed with remote college learning.”


For more information and to sign up for MJC’s “New Student Week,” please visit this web page: https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/newstudentweek.php. For more information, contact Angelica Guzman, Director of Admissions and Records: guzmana@yosemite.edu.

Police policy review committee announced

Posted: 06/25/2020

An advisory committee to review the Merced Police Department policies and procedures was introduced to

the public by Merced Mayor Mike Murphy during a morning news conference.


Noting that it was exactly a month since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, Murphy said the committee’s purpose was “to understand what our Department is doing well, and where we can improve within the bounds of California state law.”


Murphy said he worked with Council member Delray Shelton and other Council members in selecting the committee members. “Many people on this advisory committee have had both positive and negative experiences with law enforcement,” Murphy said. “The life experiences of the committee members and the professional experiences of our police officers are both important and necessary parts of this discussion.”


Murphy said he supported the men and women in the Department, who are “some of the best around. They are talented, professional, and run toward danger to protect us when others run away.”


Dee Tatum, a retired CEO of Merced County and retired Air Force officer, will chair the committee. Tatum said he expects the meetings to be “very spirited and very open.


“I have no agenda,” Tatum said. “I want to represent all of Merced.”


Interim Police Chief Tom Cavallero said he will be working with the group to develop better policies. “Law enforcement policies are, and always have been, evolving documents,” Cavallero said, and they change to meet the needs of the public. ”They must also necessarily reflect the expectations of that community.”


Besides Tatum, the members of the Committee are: Rhonda Batson, Allen Brooks, Wil Dean, Nailah Hubbard, Cesar “C-Flo” Johnson, Sharon Jones, Edwin Kainth, See Lee, Kari May, Nellie McGarry, Robert Morris, Rudy Sanchez, Al Schaap, Shane Smith, Gabriela Spiva, Moua Thao and Tatiana Vizcaino.


The date for the first meeting is pending. The committee will report back to the City Council with its recommendations within 90 days.

Merced County, Cities Encourage Residents To “Mask Up”

Posted: 7/9/2020

MERCED—Due to a rapid increase of COVID-19 cases, Merced County and its six cities are encouraging residents to wear face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reopen the economy.


The campaign, known as “Mask-Up,” is intended to educate the public on the importance of face coverings and address “hotspots” throughout the County that are experiencing spikes of cases. The campaign will include public education efforts, materials promoting mask wearing, and mask distribution in various locations.


The use of face coverings is now mandated by the State and County. Wear a face covering whenever you’re out in public—it’s the safe thing to do, it’s the courteous thing to do, and it’s the right thing to do.


Face coverings are a proven way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and are required to be worn:

• Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;

• When obtaining healthcare services;

• Waiting for or riding on public transportation or while in any private or ride-sharing vehicle including operators of the transportation;

• When at the workplace or performing work off-site;

• While outdoors in public spaces when physical distancing is not feasible.


The more face coverings are used, the faster we can collectively stem the spread of COVID-19 and reopen parts of the economy. The alternative is the State imposing an extended shutdown on more sectors of our economy due to the rising infection rate. Please do your part so we can stop the spread and reopen.


Some masks, such as N95s, are more effective than others in terms of preventing illness. However, the main purpose of cloth face coverings or other types of masks is to prevent respiratory droplets from infecting others when you cough, sneeze or talk. It’s important to remember that some people infected with COVID-19 don’t show symptoms, while the disease is deadly for others. Wearing a mask is a sign that you’re being considerate of those around you that may have compromised immune systems. Face coverings/masks are not recommended for children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is incapacitated.


Please encourage your family and friends to wear face coverings as well. You can do this by taking a photo of yourself wearing a face covering in public and posting it to social media using the #MaskMonday hashtag. And feel free to tag the Merced County Department of Public Health, Merced County, or your home city!


While face coverings are a critically important aspect of reducing the infection rate in Merced County, it should be combined with other protective measures such as:

• Social distancing of six feet or more;

• Avoiding large group gatherings;

• Washing your hands often with soap and water;

• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;

• Staying home if you’re sick;

• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

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