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Sacramento Regional Stay-at-Home Order

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Today the Sacramento Region’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity dropped below 15 percent. Under Governor Newsom’s current health order, this means that our region will fall under a stay-at-home order by Thursday at 11:59 PM.

Introducing Sac City Unified’s Return to Play Plan

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Athletics are important to the physical, mental and social wellbeing of our students. We are excited to announce that beginning on December 1, 2020, the district will begin to welcome back high school student athletes to participate in conditioning that is consistent with state and county health requirements. The district will begin athletic conditioning as part of Phase One of the California Interscholastic Federation guidelines. In Phase One, only outdoor physical conditioning and practice activities will be permitted.

Update on Conditions for Reopening – Increased COVID-19 Risk Status

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As you may have learned on November 10, due to increased COVID-19 positivity rates in our county, Sacramento County’s risk status has increased to “purple” or “widespread risk” under the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. With this reclassification, schools that have not already opened are required to remain closed and will not be eligible to reopen until two weeks after Sacramento County moves back into red tier status. Therefore, our students will remain in distance learning until further notice. 

Return Together Update

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Sac City Unified works closely with Sacramento County Public Health and the Sacramento County Office of Education to develop and plan for a safe reopening of schools. The health and safety of our students and staff are our highest priority.

Please read this important message about the announcement yesterday by the state to reclassify Sacramento County’s COVID-19 risk status and what that means for Sac City Unified.

Full Distance Learning Schedule to Begin on September 8

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As we end our first week of distance learning, we want to say thank you to our teachers, principals, staff members, parents, and students. Together, with some bumps along the way, we have shifted an entire school district online.

Thank you for your patience as we worked to develop our distance learning schedule.

Return Together Updates

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We are very excited to see our students again when distance learning begins on September 3. Our students should look forward to a high quality distance learning experience to meet their academic, social, and emotional needs.

Schedules for the First Days of School

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It’s time to return together!

Thursday is our first day of school and we will start with an alternate schedule for Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4.

Some of the most important foundations for a successful school year begins with establishing a positive learning community and setting the routines and procedures for successful learning. This is even more important as we return together in our virtual classrooms! 

Join us for a Return Together Virtual Town Hall

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Do you have questions about distance learning and our Return Together plans? We have answers! 

Please join us on Tuesday, August 11 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM for SCUSD’s Virtual Town Hall. At the event, we’ll talk about distance learning, health and safety, social and emotional learning, state and county guidelines, and other important topics related to our Return Together plan. Audience members can submit questions before and during the event.

Fill Out this Form to Help us Develop SCUSD’s Return Together Plan

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Although we know that we will begin the 2020-21 Academic Year with a full distance learning model, we also recognize that we must continue planning for when public health conditions improve and we can safely Return Together again. When that happy day arrives, we want to be ready with the information needed to develop plans quickly.

Return to Learn Update: Getting Ready for Distance Learning

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On Wednesday, we announced that our 2020-21 academic year will begin with a full distance learning mode. While we had hoped to bring students back to both a blended learning model and distance learning plan, because of rising COVID-19 cases, lag times in testing, and inefficient contact tracing, we are unable to do so at this time. While we may not be offering a blended learning model at this time, we know that a strong distance learning plan will be a foundational component for either model in our Return Together plan.

Important Return Together Update: Sac City Unified will start next school year with full distance learning

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A key aspect of our Return Together Plan, our Return to Learn academic plan, was updated today with the decision that students will begin the school year on September 3 with a full distance learning program.

This decision was not made lightly. We hoped and planned to offer students the option to choose between in-person instruction and distance learning, but unfortunately, COVID-19 cases are spiking in California, a delayed time lag exists between testing and receiving test results, and widespread contact tracing remains inefficient.

Given these factors, and based on the recommendation of the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, the district has concluded that starting the fall semester with full distance learning is the best way we can protect the health and safety of students and staff.

Return Together Plan Update: Family Survey Results and Academic Plan Vision

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In case you missed it, yesterday we released one of six parts of our Return Together Plan for the 2020-21 Academic year. We know that in order to meet our students’ academic, social, and emotional needs, we must first and foremost protect their basic well-being and keep them safe. This is why we released our draft Return to Health Plan before any other key areas. Mitigation and prevention of COVID-19, both at home and school, is a foundational component of our plan.

Return Together Plan Update: Health and Safety Plan

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This summer, our team has been hard at work collaborating with experts and districts throughout the country to create a Return Together plan that meets students’ academic, social and emotional needs.

Learn more about the status of key areas below, including the Return to Health Plan which has moved into Phase 2.

Planning to Return Together

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We know our community is anxiously awaiting our plan for what school year will look for our next academic year. Summer has just begun, but we are very excited to see the smiling faces of our students again and we can’t wait to share the upcoming plan with our community. 

Today we’re updating you on the planning process and what you can expect when it comes to communication and information from the district about our Return Together Plan. The Return Together plan will focus on the following key areas: Health & Safety, Academics, Athletics, Attendance and Engagement, Climate & Culture, and Nutrition Services.