The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is joining the “Turn Sacramento County Orange by Halloween” campaign launched by Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH). The goal is to decrease the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate and move the area into a less restrictive tier of the California re-opening scale.
The campaign encourages everyone to take the proper precautions so that more types of businesses and services can reopen—including schools. The county recently moved into the red tier (classified as having a “substantial” risk level), which allows for indoor services at a reduced capacity. California’s orange tier (the “moderate” risk level) would let businesses increase activities and allow schools to begin reopening.
Pushing for Sacramento County to reach the orange tier in four weeks, SCPH is reminding everyone to:
- Wear a face covering when in public
- Observe physical distancing guidelines
- Maintain good hygiene
- Avoid gathering with non-household members indoors
“This is a community issue. It’s not just a school issue,” said Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon. “We can protect the schools, but only the community can protect itself against the virus spreading. We are cooperating 100% with the health department.”
Sacramento County Public Health launched a website with materials and information about the “Turn Sacramento County Orange by Halloween” campaign. SCOE is distributing campaign materials to local districts and placing stickers and posters in all office buildings to reinforce the messaging and remind everyone to follow proper health and safety protocols.