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San Juan to follow county officials’ new guidance; schools to open with distance learning model

On July 15, the Sacramento County Office of Education issued new guidance with the support of county health officials that schools should begin the year with a distance learning format. San Juan Unified will continue to follow the guidance of health officials. The 2020-2021 school year will begin by offering families the options of a strengthened distance learning instructional model or TK-8 homeschool / 9-12 independent study. 

Tomorrow’s (July 16) 5:30 p.m. special meeting of the Board of Education will continue as scheduled. You can view the agenda and presentation materials. A full update on planning will be sent to families and staff members on Friday, July 17 following the board’s discussion and action. 

Anticipating rapidly changing circumstances, district and school staff have worked to develop a range of instructional models that provide families with multiple options as health guidance and orders change in response to local conditions. The board will discuss and consider approval of the range of learning models to be offered as local health conditions improve. 

On one side of the range, families will have the choice of strengthened distance learning, 9-12 independent study or TK-8 homeschool during times when local health conditions do not support greater school openings. In the middle of the continuum, the option for modified in-person learning is added providing students with two days per week of on campus instruction in limited class sizes paired with three days of remote learning each week. On the other end of the continuum, the option for schools to resume full in-person learning five days a week is added though significant safety modifications may still be in place. 

Graphic of the learning Model Continuum showing options as health conditions improve

* Represents the default model for enrollment based on where San Juan Unified School District falls on the continuum utilizing state and local health guidance and orders. Families enrolling in an alternative San Juan Unified model will retain their regular school placement for the 2020-21 school year.