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Coronavirus Tracker and Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath.

Simple measures like washing your hands often with soap and water can help stop viruses like coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading.

There’s no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover.

It's not known exactly how coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

Coronavirus Q&A

  • Q: How will AP tests be administered?
  • A: The College Board recently announced that AP tests will be virtually administered online. Each test is planned to be 45 minutes long and open note; the tests are projected to be only FRQs.


  • Q: How will incoming 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders register for classes if they missed the date to do so?
  • A: 11th and 12th graders already had their articulation meeting. If they need to change a course from their originally requested schedule, they can make those changes online by logging onto their student portal. Current and incoming 9th graders have already done their registration online. If they missed that date, it is recommended they contact their counselor.


  • Q: What should I do if I feel sick?
  • A:  S t a y   A w a y !!


  • Can I visit Grandma and Grandpa?
  • A: The federal government is asking visitors to stay away from nursing homes and retirement or long-term care facilities unless they're going to provide critical assistance. at includes children. A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that 13% of children with confirmed cases of COVID-19 didn't show symptoms.


  • Can I file for unemployment and earn benefits even though I am a minor and still attend high school?
  • A: Yes, and the students who have filed unemployment claims have done so successfully after losing their job to coronavirus. You can file a claim here. With the recent CARES act, eligible workers can receive a minimum of $640/week until July 31 2020. It is highly recommended that if you are a student to apply for unemployment benefits. You will likely receive them!


  • Q: How can I obtain a work permit with the school campus being closed?
  • A: During school closures, all work permits will be processed through the district office on Walnut Ave. Remember--The office is currently closed to the public! Until a system is put into place please email Luis Cruz to coordinate.


  • Q: Why are spring sports canceled?
  • A: Spring sports are canceled because SJUSD is closed. In addition, Capital Athletic League (CAL) has made the decision to stop all spring sports. Furthermore, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has made the decision to cancel the state championship meet for all spring sports as well.


  • Q: How will COVID-19 affect my college admissions?
  • A: The California State University (CSU) and The University of California (UC) systems are taking all necessary steps to mitigate the disruptions caused by COVID-19. Most, if not all other public and private institutions are likely to follow. For more information, please refer to the following links: CSU  -  UC —— If current seniors are interested in applying to a California Community College (CCC) they should contact their counselor where zoom meeting will be held for help needed.


  • Q: What grade is considered passing?
  • A: At Rio Americano High School, a D- is considered Credit. If you want a letter grade instead of credit/no credit, you must email the teacher no later than May 1, stating so.


  • Q: Does my Chihuahua have coronavirus?
  • A: While animals do have the potential to be infected by COVID-19, it is rare that they can spread the virus. If your Chihuahua is coughing, it could have coronavirus but you should consult your vet.


  • Q: Does my school need to screen students for COVID-19?
  • A: Schools and child care programs are not expected to screen children, students, or staff to identify cases of COVID-19. If a community (or more specifically, a school) has cases of COVID-19, local health officials will help identify those individuals and follow up on next steps.

College accommodations due to COVID-19

The following four-year colleges have gone test-optional for the 2021 fall admissions due to test cancellations and conflicts due to COVID-19. By going test-optional, these colleges will still be accepting test scores; however, if you choose not to take the ACT or SAT, then you will not be required to submit your scores. This list is not concrete, as many colleges may implement this policy.
Several colleges, including the UCs, will accept non-letter grades for A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer 2020 for all students, which includes those recently admitted.
AP Tests:
Since the AP tests are not being canceled, colleges' policies have not changed, meaning scores three and above will be accepted for credit.

Graduation 2020 FAQ


Q: How will diplomas be distributed?

A: Diplomas will be distributed during senior checkout on June 4, 5, 8 and 9 from the counseling office.


Q:  How Long is the Virtual Graduation Ceremony? 

A: The ceremony will be approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes.  That is 40 minutes of speeches and presentations and 35 minutes of announcement of names and grad slides.


Q: Can you jump in after 6PM and still watch from the beginning?

A: Yes, you can come in late and watch the ceremony from the beginning.  It will be on a Youtube link, but we do not have the link yet. The district has created a graduation page for us that the link will be on.  The graduation page is at .  Also the ceremony will be on SECC Comcast 16.


Q: Can the commencement ceremony be rebroadcast?

A: You will be able to watch it anytime you like on the Youtube link.


Q: Will principal Ginter be handing out diplomas or taking pictures with graduates?

A:Unfortunately, we have strict guidelines about graduation procedures that will not allow Mr. Ginter to take pictures handing out diplomas to seniors.  No graduation type activities can happen on campus and any activities set up by parents off campus, school officials are not allowed to take part in. We are still looking at possible activities for the senior class later in the summer as guidelines from the county are less strict.



Q: When will yearbooks be distributed?

A: Unfortunately, because the yearbook publishing plant was closed during the early stages of COVID-19, yearbooks will not be shipped to us until Early August.  We will put a schedule together and notify students and families when we are ready for distribution.

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