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April 3, 2020

Dear Sac City Unified Staff:

Today, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), with the full support of Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH), announced that the closure period for schools will be extended through the end of our academic year on June 11, 2020 as part of the effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

During the school closure period, school nutrition programs will continue to serve student meals. 

We recognize this a difficult time for the Sac City Unified community. We thank you for your patience as we navigate through this health crisis together. We want to assure you that we are working around the clock to establish a distance learning plan so that all of our students can continue their education until schools reopen. 

Sac City Unified will continue to keep the community updated throughout this fluid situation. Facts and circumstances may change quickly and we will regularly post updates and resources for families to our website at https://www.scusd.edu.

Jorge A. Aguilar

Superintendent

March 27, 2020

Dear Sacramento City Unified Colleagues:

Today, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), with the full support of Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH), announced that the closure period for schools will be extended through May 1 as part of the effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, Sac City Unified Schools are scheduled to resume on May 4, 2020. 

During the school closure period, school nutrition programs will continue to serve student meals. 

We recognize this a difficult time for the Sac City Unified community. We thank you for your patience as we navigate through this health crisis together.

We will continue to keep you updated throughout this fluid situation. Facts and circumstances may change quickly and we will regularly post updates and resources for families to our website at https://www.scusd.edu.

Jorge A. Aguilar

Superintendent

March 19, 2020

Dear Sacramento City Unified Families:

We are writing to update you on the anticipated length of our district-wide school closure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as well as to provide an update on our current efforts to meet the academic and social and emotional needs of our students.

Our District continues to carefully monitor the recommendations and directives issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento, and public health agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Today, Sacramento County issued a Public Health Order directing all residents to stay at home, unless they are providing or accessing essential services.

As a result of this order, all Sac City Unified schools will remain closed through our scheduled spring break, April 6-10. Monday, April 13 is the earliest that our normal school schedule will resume. We will provide updates to our community if additional date changes are made before that date. 

We encourage everyone to comply with the Sacramento County public health directive to stay home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. By taking these steps as a community, we can help slow the spread of the Coronavirus and not overwhelm our health care system.  

It is important to note that providing meals for our students is among the essential services we will provide to our community. Sac City Unified will continue our school nutrition program throughout this public health emergency. We have increased the number of sites where meals are provided and expanded the hours for meal distribution. We continue to encourage all students and their families to utilize our nutrition program and pick up the meals, which are being served as a grab and go option.

We are also aware that many of our dedicated educators have communicated with you and your student(s) about suggested learning resources and tools to access during our closure. We are working with all of our labor partners to make sure that a plan is put in place for all students to have access to and receive resources based on their academic needs. Some of these resources may be technology-based while others may be in other forms.  Our plans will follow the latest guidance for schools from the California Department of Education (CDE) and other entities about distance learning which you can view here. Please know that we are working internally, regionally, and beyond to determine how best to implement these guidelines. In the meantime, we will continue to expand online enrichment resources to support our students and encourage activities that reinforce learning.

The COVID-19 public health emergency remains a fluid situation. Facts and circumstances change quickly, and regular reassessments are essential as the public health considerations evolve. Sac City Unified will continue working in close consultation with Sacramento County Public Health and the Sacramento County Office of Education, and follow guidance from California Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Education. Our district will continue to implement any and all measures recommended by public health leaders to protect the health and safety of our students, our staff, and our community throughout this public health emergency. The health and safety of all Sac City Unified students and staff remains our greatest concern.

We will continue to communicate with our families directly, and will post updates to our District website as circumstances dictate. We thank our entire community for their understanding and cooperation during this public health crisis, and  for doing their part to keep our students and school community healthy. 

Jorge A. Aguilar

Superintendent

March 13, 2020

Today, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), with the full support of Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH),  announced plans for school closures of up to three weeks as part of the effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
In coordination with the Sacramento County Office of Education and other districts in the region, the Sacramento City Unified School District will close all schools starting Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 27. 

Prior to March 27, Sac City Unified will update our community on any potential extension of the school closure period.  
 

During the school closure period, school nutrition programs will continue to serve student meals. 

Sac City Unified will continue to keep the community updated throughout this fluid situation. Facts and circumstances may change quickly and we will regularly post updates to our website https://www.scusd.edu.

Dear Sac City Unified Families and Community Members March 10, 2020:


We want to provide you with the latest news from the Sacramento County of Public Health shifting efforts to community mitigation measures to protect those who are most at risk in our communities. Here are some of the updates:

It is no longer necessary for someone who has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days. As long as the school community members are symptom-free, they can attend school.

Student, employees, and family member should stay home if they are sick. Those with cold-like symptoms who can manage their symptoms at home with over-the-counter drugs should do so, regardless of whether they have a cold, the flu, or COVID-19. ( see our Too Sick for School? Poster)

Consistent with the new guidelines from SCPH, we will reach out to individual school communities if a student or family member tests positive for COVID-19 to provide an update on the actions the District will take pursuant to the guidance from SCPH.

We want to reassure you that there are no known cases of a Sac City Unified student or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. Therefore, our schools will remain open until further notice and we will continue to take proactive measures such as disinfecting high touch areas and others on a daily basis. 

For now, please continue to follow our sick protocols to protect yourselves:

Wash hands with soap and water. 

Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough. 

To protect the health and safety of our staff and students at each of our school sites, Sac City custodial staff will continue to disinfect high touch areas on a daily basis. Additionally, a dedicated team has also been assigned to routinely deep clean all schools and departments throughout the District on a rotating basis.

The health and safety of all Sac City Unified students and staff is our top concern, and we will continue to keep our school community updated about any information about COVID-19 that could impact our school schedule or operations. 

You can also visit our new page dedicated to answer your frequently asked questions at www.scusd.edu/covid-19, which we will continue to update regularly with information received from Sacramento County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The District continues to work daily with Sacramento County Public Health and our community to provide updates on any new developments. We want to reassure you that the well-being, health, and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. 

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update to SCUSD Families March 3, 2020:

As community concern rises about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or “COVID-19”, we are sharing resources and guidance provided by our Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) as well as general guidelines for staying healthy during the cold and flu season. 

What is the Sacramento City Unified School District Doing to Protect Students, Families, and Staff?

SCUSD is taking the following steps to ensure the health and safety of our school communities:

School Nurses are advising and providing classroom lessons on handwashing and proper coughing/sneezing etiquette.

Handwashing flyers and posters are being made widely available.

We are encouraging activities and strategies that promote positive coping during times of stress for Adults and Children.

Schools have been asked to provide spatial distance whenever possible for any sick students or staff until they can go home (i.e., nurse/health office). They will reinforce our standard wellness protocols by continuing to send home any students or staff who have a fever of 100 degrees or above and/or are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, such as vomiting or diarrhea. Those who are sick should remain home for 24 hours after symptoms subside; see our Too Sick for School? poster.

Staff are asked to provide students with full-credit and extended time to complete assignments missed due to illness.

The Operations Department is taking several steps to keep our schools clean and safe:

Working to ensure every school has adequate supplies of handwashing materials, facial tissues, as well as district-approved disinfecting cleaner.

Ordering a large backstock of cleaning materials and personal protective equipment to ensure readiness.

Routine Cleaning: On a nightly basis, staff at schools are disinfecting high-touch areas and areas where sick students or staff were present, following established district guidelines.

Deep Cleaning: A dedicated team has been assigned to deep clean schools on a nightly basis.  If a concern is noted at a specific school site, the deep cleaning will take place. 

Supplemental Training: An extensive training toolkit is being revised and deployed for all Operations staff throughout the district.

Please note that there have been reports of students and others being stigmatized or bullied. We urge our community members to help prevent any discrimination and to respect the privacy of our community members. We encourage everyone in our community to treat each other with compassion, respect, and kindness as we work together to keep our community healthy and physically and emotionally safe. 

What Can You Do to Protect your Family?

Stay informed:

Centers for Disease Control 

Sacramento County Department of Health Services 

SCUSD Health Services

2/26/2020 eConnection Article

Remember to follow general guidelines for staying healthy during the cold and flu season. Make sure to practice everyday prevention, and please make sure to: 

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. CDC Handwashing Guides(English/Spanish).

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

Stay home when you are sick. 

Cover your cough. 

Sneeze into a tissue then throw the tissue away in the trash. Wash your hands afterward. 

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

Get a flu shot.    

Local Preparations:

Sacramento City Unified School District is working closely with Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH), Sacramento County Office of Education and other school districts and partners to closely monitor the situation and establish protocols in the event that COVID-19 spreads in our area. SCPH continues to provide updated information to the public, which is readily found on their website, please click here to view the information. SCPH is also providing school districts with guidance, and we are taking steps to implement current recommendations. You can view the current guidance here.

The California Health and Safety Code provides local health officers with the authority and responsibility to control communicable diseases and to take whatever steps may be necessary to prevent the spread of communicable diseases or the occurrence of additional cases. SCUSD will follow all directives provided by SCPH in regard to school closures.

How is COVID-19 Spread?

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

The coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It is thought to spread via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Face Masks:

From SCPH – Guidance for Schools:

CDC does not recommend the routine use of N95 respirators outside of the healthcare setting. N95 masks are not designed for and should not be worn by children. In a healthcare setting, patients with respiratory illness may be asked to wear a surgical mask to prevent the spread of germs to others when they cough or sneeze. People who are sick should stay home and not go into crowded public places other than to access medical care, as needed. Workers who are sick should follow CDC guidelines and stay home when they are sick.

What do we know about COVID-19?

From Sacramento County Department of Health Services:

Coronaviruses are a class of respiratory viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe illnesses like SARS and MERS. Be careful not to confuse this category of coronaviruses with the strain named “COVID-19″ or “2019 novel coronavirus”. The COVID-19 is just one type of coronavirus. So don’t be alarmed if you see the term “coronavirus” on your test results. Currently, only the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is testing for COVID-19 in coordination with Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH). 

Thank you for working to keep our students, families, and community safe and healthy.