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Sacramento, Elk Grove and rest of Sacramento County public schools to start school year with distance learning

The Sacramento County Superintendent said in a statement that based on recent coronavirus activity, the 13 school districts will not start with in-person learning.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — All 13 Sacramento County School Districts will begin the 2020-21 school year with distance learning.

In a joint-statement with the Sacramento County Department of Health Services, David Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools, said because of an "inability of the current testing system to support sufficient timely return of test results" it has been determined that school districts within Sacramento County will begin the year under a distance learning model.

The 13 school districts, which impacts at least 246,000 students and 14,390 certified staff according to data from the California Department of Education, include:

California’s education chief has applauded the state’s two largest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, for this week’s decision not to reopen classrooms this fall amid rising coronavirus cases. But Tony Thurmond says the same rules need not apply in counties with low rates of infection. 

In a media briefing, Thurmond says that in counties where the number of cases is low, schools could reopen for in-person classes as long as they follow the state's guidance on physical distancing and wearing face coverings. He says: “We believe that those schools can open safely.”



According to the CDC, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses that is spreadable from person to person. If someone is sick with coronavirus, the symptoms they may show include mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Currently, there is no vaccine. The CDC suggests the following precautions, along with any other respiratory illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.


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