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San Juan Unified schools closed starting March 16

Please know that this information and guidance is subject to change, pending any updates from state and federal officials. 

We want to stress that this action is a mitigation effort and is NOT the result of a confirmed case of COVID-19 among any of our students or staff in the district. It is also done with an abundance of concern for our students, staff members and community. 

We are involved in a highly fluid situation with constantly changing circumstances related to COVID-19. As we’ve shared previously, we continue to be in close contact with health officials and at their advice and in coordination with other school districts we have made the decision to close San Juan Unified campuses to students as of Monday, March 16. We will be closed to students through the end of spring break (Sunday, April 12), including athletics and all extracurricular activities. 

While our school facilities will be closed, plans are being put in place for students to access optional enrichment opportunities. Each school site will create a document, which will contain information on how to communicate virtually with staff members during the closure. This information will be shared with school communities next week. We appreciate your patience while staff works to implement virtual office hours.

In addition, each school website will have a list of online enrichment resources to maintain learning during school closures. We will not be asking students to complete any assignments. Our intent is to provide virtual office hours to support students with enrichment opportunities. 

While we are closed to the public, a dedicated team from our maintenance and operations department will be conducting a deep cleaning of our campuses to ensure our facilities are sanitized prior to reopening.

San Juan Unified will provide an opportunity for families to pick up two meals daily (lunch and breakfast for the following day) in a mobile walk-up or drive-thru meal service for children 18 and under. This will begin Tuesday, March 17 at 26 school sites from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At this time, this service will continue through Friday, April 3, Monday through Friday at the following locations: 


  • Cameron Ranch Elementary, 4333 Hackberry Lane
  • Carmichael Elementary, 6141 Sutter Ave.
  • Charles Peck Elementary, 6230 Rutland Dr.
  • Coyle Avenue Elementary, 6330 Coyle Ave.
  • John Barrett Middle, 4243 Barrett Road
  • Starr King K-8, 4848 Cottage Way

Citrus Heights

  • Arlington Heights Elementary, 6401 Trenton Way
  • Carriage Drive Elementary, 7519 Carriage Dr.
  • Grand Oaks Elementary, 7901 Rosswood Dr.
  • Kingswood K-8, 5700 Primrose Dr.
  • Lichen K-8, 8319 Lichen Dr.
  • Mariposa Avenue Elementary, 7940 Mariposa Ave.
  • San Juan High, 7551 Greenback Lane
  • Woodside K-8, 8248 Villa Oak Dr.

Fair Oaks

  • Northridge Elementary, 5150 Cocoa Palm Way
  • Will Rogers Middle, 4924 Dewey Dr.


  • Ottomon Way Elementary, 9460 Ottomon Way

Arden-Arcade Region

  • Cottage Elementary, 2221 Morse Ave.
  • Del Paso Manor Elementary, 2700 Maryal Dr.
  • Dyer-Kelly Elementary, 3101 Bell St.
  • El Camino Fundamental High, 4300 El Camino Ave.
  • Greer Elementary, 1300 Bell St.
  • Mira Loma High, 4000 Edison Ave.
  • Pasadena Avenue Elementary, 4330 Pasadena Ave.
  • Thomas Edison Language Institute K-8, 2950 Hurley Way
  • Whitney Avenue Elementary, 4248 Whitney Ave.

These meals will be available free of charge for anyone 18 and under regardless of what school they attend. No paperwork is required. Children must be present in order for meals to be

provided. Meals will be provided based on the number of children present. This program will be solely for the pick up of meals, and meals will not be consumed on-site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site and utilizing social distancing once meals have been distributed.

We will continue to do our best to keep you informed. Circumstances may change quickly so we encourage you to check our website at for updates. 

We recognize that this closure will be a hardship for many families and appreciate your patience and cooperation as we help to ensure the safety and well being of our students and families. 


March 12, 2020 Update 

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The COVID-19 situation is fluid and continues to evolve rapidly. San Juan Unified is using Sacramento County Public Health guidance to help shape our mitigation strategies in reducing the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community. Sacramento County Public Health is following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance, utilizing the Minimal to Moderate recommendations for level of community transmission. 

All San Juan Unified schools remain open at this time. There are no San Juan Unified students or staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19.

We continue to be in close contact with Sacramento County Public Health and follow their guidance which is based on local conditions in our community. Outlined below is updated guidance to help address questions and concerns you may have. 

Quarantine and symptoms

With the shift from containment to mitigation, it is no longer necessary for an individual who has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days. However, if they develop respiratory symptoms, they should stay home in order to protect those who are well. It is essential that anyone who is sick stays home until fully recovered and symptom-free for 72 hours including being free of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

We are also asking that all visitors to campuses ensure they have been in good health and free of all fevers, coughs and shortness of breath for a period of at least 72 hours. 

People at higher risk should consider staying home and away from crowded social gatherings. Vulnerable populations include:

  • Age: Risks from COVID-19 escalate as age increases. According to Sacramento County Public Health, people over the age of 80 are in the highest risk category.  
  • Underlying conditions: People with chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, heart disease, or lung diseases such as COPD, as well as those with severely weakened immune systems, are at high risk of complications. 


Some families have asked about keeping their own child home based on the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school. We are required by Education Code to mark these absences as “unexcused”. That being said, we also understand that families can still make a choice to keep their children at home during this time. For the next few weeks, we will not be taking any truancy action or dis-enrolling students accruing unexcused absences.

Large gatherings and field trips

We are following the social gathering limitations outlined by the California Department of Public Health. Events exceeding 250 people will be canceled or postponed. San Juan Unified will implement these guidelines through spring break and will closely monitor the situation.

At this time, school performances are allowable as long as there are fewer than 250 participants, attendance is limited to immediate family members only, and social distancing precautions are considered. Sites may cancel or postpone events out of an abundance of caution if social distancing cannot be implemented or if there are other concerns. 

Field trips are canceled or postponed now through spring break in order to comply with social distance standards to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff. We will reassess this decision and communicate with schools no later than April 1 for field trips taking place after April 13. 

At this time, athletic events will remain scheduled, pending updates from other school districts, CIF and health officials. 

Due to the rapidly evolving situation, we are closely monitoring public health guidance and will be making adjustments as necessary. 

Cleaning and sanitation efforts

As we have noted in our prior communication, we are continuing to conduct extra cleaning efforts during the flu season. These extra measures include conducting at least twice a day cleanings of touchpoints such as sinks, restrooms, drinking fountains and door handles. Processes are in place for special deep cleanings of classrooms or common spaces if necessary. Each of our schools has a one-month supply of hand soap stocked on-site with additional quantities available from our central warehouse. 

While handwashing with soap and water is the most effective method to prevent the spread of germs, we are making every attempt to have a hand sanitizing station at the entrance of every cafeteria in our schools by Tuesday, March 17. 

Preparation for potential school closures

Though county health officials advise that school closures are not warranted at this time, we are working to prepare in case that changes. A collaborative team is currently working to identify strategies for providing learning support to students at all grade levels during a closure. We will share additional information on our plans and efforts soon. 

In the event a school closure decision is made, you will be notified via phone call and email through our notification system. You can find instructions on how to update your preferences for our mass notification system at

This remains a fluid situation. We will remain in close contact with health officials and modify our efforts as needed to help protect the health and safety of our students, staff and community members. We encourage parents to take into account their child’s and families’ unique situation when making decisions about event participation and attendance. Should you have questions or need assistance with your specific situation please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal. 

We will continue to update our webpage at with new announcements and resources. Thank you for your continued cooperation and assistance to keep our students and community safe.



March 10, 2020 Update

On March 9, Sacramento County health officials shifted their efforts from containment to community mitigation measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus in the community. We are currently reviewing the updated guidance and expect to issue an update by Thursday morning to our district community on what mitigation measures look like in our schools.



March 7, 2020 Update 

On Saturday, March 7, the neighboring Elk Grove Unified School District announced plans to cancel its planned spring break and close all of its schools for the week of March 9-13. Their action comes due to circumstances unique to their schools and their community. The closure was not ordered by health officials.

San Juan Unified schools remain open at this time. All student events will continue as scheduled. There are no known confirmed cases of coronavirus among any San Juan Unified students, staff or family members at this time. We continue to monitor the situation carefully in partnership with local health officials and remain committed to taking any recommended actions that will protect the health and safety of students, staff and community members, including school closure if necessary. 

We will continue to emphasize and expand our efforts to reduce the chance of the coronavirus or other illnesses from spreading on our campuses through frequent handwashing, increased sanitization of commonly touched surfaces, added deep cleanings, and ensuring those who are ill can stay home until they are free of all symptoms for 24-hours (including fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications). If you have ideas or suggestions on how we can expand or improve these efforts please share them with us via this feedback form

If wider exposure to the coronavirus is seen in our community, we are fully prepared to take additional steps in accordance with guidance from health officials. These steps may include restrictions on large gatherings, restrictions on travel or changes to everyday processes that will further help limit possible exposure. We are committed to taking action and keeping you fully informed if it becomes necessary to do so. 



Feb. 28, 2020 Update

Dear San Juan Unified families,

As you may have seen on the news, Sacramento County Public Health recently confirmed the first Sacramento County case of novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. At this time, San Juan Unified has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or staff members. Current information about the coronavirus is available from the CDC and Sacramento County Public Health.

What are we doing?

We are continuing to work closely with Sacramento County Public Health to monitor the situation and utilize their guidance to ensure students and staff are safe at school. 

We have begun to take extra measures to ensure that all classrooms and campus spaces are cleaned and disinfected. As part of this, we are now conducting at least twice a day cleanings of touchpoints such as sinks, restrooms, drinking fountains and door handles. Processes are in place for special deep cleanings of classrooms or common spaces if necessary. 

Additionally, we are working with our school staff to educate students about the importance of proper and frequent handwashing through a variety of materials and resources.

Per our normal illness protocols, should a student show up at school with a fever and/or respiratory illness symptoms such as a cough and shortness of breath, we will contact families to pick up the student as soon as possible and limit exposure to other students and staff. 

What can you do?

We encourage all students, staff, and families to follow the recommended guidelines from the California Department of Public Health to protect themselves and those around them from any virus including respiratory viruses like COVID-19. Please review these with your family:

  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • 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.

We ask that you keep your students at home if they are sick. When reporting an absence for your student, please be sure to specifically mention if they have had fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

What about travel?

The federal government has issued special requirements for individuals who traveled from mainland China after Feb. 2, 2020. These individuals should contact Sacramento County Public Health at (916) 875-5881 for instructions. They should NOT report to work or school for 14 days from the date that they departed mainland China. 

Additionally, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea have been identified as areas with widespread community transmission. Individuals who have traveled to these countries and are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath and fever, should contact their medical provider to report their symptoms and not report to work or school.

We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation in cooperation with local and state officials and are committed to the safety of our students, staff and community. We will continue to update our webpage at with new announcements and resources. 

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UPDATE: On Friday, Feb. 21, Sacramento County confirmed its first case of travel-related coronavirus.  Public health officials said the individual, who is now asymptomatic, took precautionary measures during travel and has self-quarantined since returning. Please note that there is no local community transmission of the coronavirus and the risk to the public remains extremely low.
UPDATE: The Sacramento County Public Health department has recommended that returning travelers from China should be excluded from school for 14 days after they left China. This recommendation is effective Monday, Feb. 3. San Juan Unified will be following these recommendations, as students and staff members returning from China will not be allowed back to school/work until after 14 days after their arrival. We will continue to provide the latest updates on this page. 


Jan. 28, 2020 Update

The cold and flu season is upon us. This flu season has been complicated by recent reports of a novel coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Symptoms are similar to the flu, including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. The respiratory virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from the coronavirus is considered low. There have been no reported coronavirus cases in Sacramento County to date (Jan. 28, 2020). 

As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent the spread of flu is as follows: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or if you are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Students can use hand sanitizer as an added level of protection
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Sneezing or coughing should always be covered, preferably into your elbow to keep germs off your hands

For more information about the coronavirus, visit the Sacramento County Public Health website, check out the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the CDC or visit the California Department of Public Health website.

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