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Feb. 25: Weekly COVID-19 Update

Sacramento County’s COVID-19 case rate continues to fall, reaching 15.3 cases per 100,000 residents on the state’s dashboard. The testing positivity rate, adjusted for equity, reached 8.2 percent. 

Sacramento County remains in the purple or widespread tier of the state’s risk assessment system. It will enter the red or substantial tier once case rates fall below 7 per 100,000 and the testing positivity rate falls below 8 percent. 

Sacramento County Adjusted Cases per 100k for Feb. 25, 2021

Board receives update on efforts to offer in-person learning options

Staff provided the board with an update on the district’s COVID-19 safety plans and reopening status. Currently, plans and agreements are in place to offer the option to return to in-person learning for ALL grade levels once Sacramento County reaches the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment system. Progress toward the red tier continues to be encouraging with both case numbers and testing positivity rates falling sharply in recent weeks. 

District staff are engaging in conversations with employee group leaders to potentially adopt a 5-day timeline (rather than a 2-week timeline) once in the red tier to align with the new state guidelines, as well as potentially having grades K-6 return if progress toward the red tier stalls. 

Superintendent Kern did share that his hope is to be able to offer an in-person learning option for all students prior to spring break, but that is dependent on safety plan updates and local health metrics at that time. The board also shared their support of this goal with individual members asking the superintendent to work to identify a specific date in conversations with employee groups and others. Additionally, board members asked the district staff to identify a date to return K-6 grade levels while in the purple tier, if Sacramento County does not reach the red tier prior to San Juan Unified’s spring break.

Educator vaccinations start strong

In partnership with Dignity Health, UC Davis Medical, and the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, San Juan Unified hosted a community vaccination clinic for educators and those over age 65 on Feb. 20. More than 2,200 doses of vaccine were distributed! 

Health professionals and volunteers will be back at it again this weekend with another clinic for educators working in Sacramento County and individuals over the age of 65. 

More sports to return

The state provided updated guidance late last week allowing for more sports to return to competition while the county is in the purple tier if the COVID-19 case rate is below 14 cases per 100,000 residents and safety precautions are put in place. The changes allow for moderate contact outdoor sports like baseball and cheerleading to take place. High contact outdoor sports like football and water polo are also permissible with weekly testing of all student athletes and coaches.

Sacramento County’s 15.3 adjusted case rate does not yet allow San Juan Unified sports to qualify for competition under this new guidance but we expect that health metrics will continue to improve and allow games in the coming weeks.