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Return to in-person learning delayed

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As of Wednesday, Sacramento County averaged nearly 27 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. This continues the trend of increasing case numbers which started in November and leaves the county firmly in the purple/widespread tier of the state’s COVID-19 risk ranking system. Under state health guidance, schools may not open if their county has not been out of the purple tier and in the red or lower tiers for at least two weeks. 

Given the trend in health data in recent weeks, district staff have determined that it is unlikely Sacramento County can reach the red tier in time for a planned Jan. 5 return to modified in-person learning option. To protect the health and safety of students, staff and community, the return to in-person learning is being postponed until health data improves. District staff will continue to closely monitor all metrics and post an update to the district website at each Thursday afternoon.

“This is not where we hoped or expected to be,” said Superintendent Kent Kern. “It is incredibly disappointing. Our teachers and staff have been working hard to be ready for a return to in-person learning and will continue those efforts so that when it’s possible, we can quickly and safely welcome students back to classrooms.” 

On Jan. 5, classes will continue in a distance learning format. Schools will continue work to schedule students in the appropriate cohorts so that when it is possible, a transition to in-person learning can be made with at least two weeks of notice to families and staff. 

Families and community members are encouraged to help Sacramento exit the purple tier by wearing face coverings whenever it is necessary to go in public, avoiding unnecessary gatherings, staying home for 72 hours after you start feeling better if sick, frequently washing hands, and being sure to cover coughs and sneezes.