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Sacramento City Unified School District releases plan for return to classrooms

Students sixth through 12th grade would be able to return May 6 if Sacramento County returns to the red tier. The district's last day is on June 17.

SACRAMENTO, California — Some Sacramento City Unified School District [SCUSD] students could return to in-person learning as soon as April 8, according to school officials.  

Pre-Kindergarten to third grade and kindergarten to sixth-grade special day classes could be in class on April 8, according to the reopening plan. Students who are fourth to the sixth grade could return on April 15.  

Sacramento County is currently in the most restrictive purple tier, allowing most businesses to remain open with modifications. 

Students sixth through 12th grade will return May 6 if Sacramento County returns to the red tier.  The school district's last day is on June 17. 

The district also released plans of how campus life would look like once students could return to classrooms. Schools will follow a disinfection schedule and install plexiglass barriers and signs to encourage social distancing. 

Classrooms would also air cycled through vents as well as through opening doors and windows.  Schools are also installing air filters as well.  

Schools are also promoting hygiene by disabling hand dryers new school sinks and drinking fountains. They say that hand dryers spread germs and turning off fountains would reduce the number of places students could gather. 

Tara Gallegos, a spokesperson for SCUSD, told ABC10 there-opening plan would allow the district to safely increase the number of students to be in-person classes.

"With that model and with knowing that we can have 50% of our students on campus at a time, it will allow us to offer that in-person instruction to all of our students and alternate the groups that are coming on to our campuses." 

The announcement for reopening schools comes after SCUSD hosted a series of COVID-19 vaccine clinics for teachers. The district, in conjunction with Dignity Health, vaccinated about 2,000 people.

SCUSD teachers and staff will be given an invitation to receive the vaccine. If teachers choose to get the treatment, they will get the second dose before the first day of school.

The school district launched a reopening dashboard that shows the public the current status of reopening. To access the dashboard, click here.

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