By Veronica Holt, Clarion Managing Editor
On Friday, March 27, SCUSD extended school closures through May 1.
On Friday, March 13, 2020, Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) announced that all schools in the district will be closed starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27 to further curb the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As of this writing, the status of the following week — the last week of the third quarter, March 30 to April 3 — is undecided. Spring Break is still scheduled for the week of April 6 – 10.
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) announced that all schools in the district will be closed starting Monday, March 16th through Wednesday, March 18 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. If the information stays as it is, classes will resume on Thursday, March 17.
During these days off, from their website, SCUSD is planning to conduct deep cleaning and restock cleaning supplies, disinfect all school campuses, ensure all classrooms have essential supplies, continue to ensure adequate hand washing supplies are available, establish protocols regarding school events, field trips, and other gatherings, conduct discussions with labor partners to keep staff safe, and provide staff training on prevention and mitigation measures.
This comes off of Governor Gavin Newsom announcing that school districts must follow guidelines set by the California Department of Health. On this decision Superintendent Jorge Aguilar commented, ”In our response to COVID-19, we must depend on the wisdom of our public health experts and our elected officials, and we count on the resolve of our community to weather this crisis together by implementing preventive and responsive strategies.”
Despite schools being closed, some select schools will be serving breakfast and lunch for any child under 18 years old. Meals will be served at the following schools:
- Abraham Lincoln Elementary: 3324 Glenmoor Dr, Sacramento, CA 95827
- Bret Harte Elementary: 2751 9th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95818
- Elder Creek Elementary: 7934 Lemon Hill Ave, Sacramento, CA 95824
- Father Keith B Kenny Elementary: 3525 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817
- James Marshall Elementary: 9525 Goethe Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827
- John Still Elementary: 2250 John Still Dr, Sacramento, CA 95832
- Kit Carson International Academy: 5301 N St, Sacramento, CA 95819
- Leataata Floyd Elementary: 401 McClatchy Way, Sacramento, CA 95818
- Nicholas Elementary: 6601 Steiner Dr, Sacramento, CA 95823
- Pacific Elementary: 6201 41st St, Sacramento, CA 95824
- Parkway Elementary: 4720 Forest Pkwy, Sacramento, CA 95823
- Rosa Parks K-8 School: 2250 68th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822
- William Land Elementary: 2120 12th St, Sacramento, CA 95818
On the prospect of shutting the schools down for a longer period of time, Superintendent Aguilar stated, ”We will resist a future district-wide closure of schools unless public health experts indicate that doing so will better protect the health and well being of students and the larger community than keeping our schools open and keeping healthy students in school.”
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